John R. Lister
Mr. Lister has a national reputation for litigating high stakes, complex product liability cases involving pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and other high-tech companies. He is also known for his effective management and strategy involving pretrial aspects of complex, mass tort litigation.
Mr. Lister serves as national counsel for manufacturers of industrial valves and commercial boilers involving claims from asbestos exposure. He has also litigated matters concerning toxic chemical exposure and claims of personal injury caused by catheters, penile prostheses, breast implants, heart-lung machines, contraceptive devices and respirators.
Using his litigation management skills and understanding of the sensitive nature of his clients' matters, Mr. Lister handles disputes involving wills, estates and trusts. In this role, he defends trustees and executors in cases challenging the administration of trusts and estates, and represents beneficiaries claiming an executor acted improperly in the handling of an estate.
Responsible for pretrial management and handling of over 500 cases consolidated in Orange County Superior Court for Pfizer Inc. and its subsidiary, Shiley Incorporated, in connection with the Bjork-Shiley prosthetic heart valve. Mr. Lister also was involved in strategic decisions concerning establishment and operation of Pfizer's heart valve document depository, which involved the storage and production of more than 8 million pages of documents.