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Marie E. Chafe

“I am dedicated to exceeding client objectives and maintaining cost-containment goals.”

Marie is a civil and commercial trial attorney with vast experience representing business clients in the defense and trial of an array of disputes, including wrongful death and catastrophic injuries in complex product liability matters (automotive, medical devices, construction and industrial equipment, building products, consumer and recreational products), transportation issues, toxic torts and asbestos litigation, business and franchise disputes, and consequential warranty claims against U.S. and international manufacturers, distributors, and insurers. She has worked with hundreds of general counsel, national counsel, and insurers to develop a strategy for successful litigation defense. Marie tries cases in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Her experience includes a wide variety of jury and non-jury trials, arbitrations, mediations and appeals. Marie also has authored or supervised amicus briefs on important product liability, evidentiary, procedural and constitutional issues in a variety of courts. In all matters, Marie is an experienced leader of defense trial teams and provides strategic advice on litigation strategy and cost management to aggressively defend the client’s interests. Marie’s scientific background helps her develop a deep understanding of the products that are the subject of litigation, and enables her to pursue creative approaches to defend her clients’ interests. She also uses these skills to coordinate closely with engineering and medical experts in the analysis of medical reports, design drawings and specifications, economic and vocational evaluations, accident reconstructions, injury causation analysis, as well as engineering, biomechanics, occupational disability, and rehabilitation theories.

With her trial experience defending allegations of product labeling errors or vagueness, as well as insufficient product warnings and instructions, Marie has the ultimate advantage to protect her clients before any litigation begins.  She applies her knowledge and practice background from hundreds of litigation matters to advise clients on product warnings, labeling, instructions, compliance, and risk assessment to help avoid costly court battles.

In the consumer product area, Marie also provides client advice on product launches, regulatory challenges and compliance, risk management issues, and product recalls.

Marie has served on the faculty of numerous continuing legal education programs, lectured nationally for the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education – New England, the American Conference Institute, and for internal corporate training programs. She regularly researches and writes in national publications on issues related to litigation.

In her association work and personal commitment, Marie works hard to advance opportunities for women in the law. She is descended from a trailblazer: her grandmother and namesake Marie E. Jessen was admitted to the Ohio State Bar on July 31, 1926 by the famous Carrington Tanner Marshall who served for twelve years as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio and was later a judge at the Nuremberg Trials.

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