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Diane Fleming Averell
Company
Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC
100 Southgate Pkwy
Morristown, NJ 07962-1997
Phone
(973) 889-4150
Member Bio
Diane Averell strives to serve the best interests of her clients by understanding their business, their products, and their long-term goals, and by building relationships with the people who are the heart and soul of the clients’ business. She works to understand the business environment behind the case in order to define what will constitute a “win” for her clients. Armed with this insight, Diane is a fearless and effective advocate – working tirelessly to defend her clients while respecting their business objectives.

Diane has defended products ranging from over-the-counter decongestants to prescription diet drugs and hormone therapeutics. Representing large manufacturing companies, she has also defended failure-to-warn product liability claims related to industrial chemicals, petroleum products, handheld power equipment, and tobacco products. Although she handles all aspects of complex litigation, her passion is working with toxicologists, epidemiologists, and physicians to defend her clients’ products on the issues of general and specific causation. She has tackled medical and scientific literature related to a wide range of human cancers (bladder, kidney, prostate, breast, ovarian, uterine, lung and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma) as well as stroke and cardiac disease. The culmination of her careful research and preparation is the strategic and surgical depositions of the plaintiffs and their experts, always with an eye towards summary judgment or eliminating the claims remaining for trial.

HONORS:

*Recognized by New Jersey Law Journal in their annual “40 Under 40” list of attorneys, 2011
*Recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List, 2009 -2010, 2013
Organizations/Memberships
*Defense Research Institute, Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee, Vice Chair of Marketing for 2014 Seminar.
*Defense Research Institute, Women in the Law Committee, 2010–present; Vice-Chair of Programming for 2014 Seminar
*Women's Health & Counseling Center, Board of Trustees, 2008–present.

PUBLICATIONS:

Editor, "The New Reality of Sales Force Behavior and Management," FDLI Monograph Series, Vol. 2, Num 6, June 2011.

"Deposition of Plaintiff's Expert - Getting Behind the CV," LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy Newsletter, Vol. 29, No. 6, December 2010.

"Protecting and Enforcing Protective Orders: Easier Said Than Done,” Defense Counsel Journal, April 2004.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS:

Moderator, “Don’t Waste Our Money: Advice from In-House Attorneys on How to Manage a New Matter in a Shifting Legal Environment,” 2012 DRI Women in the Law Seminar, Scottsdale AZ

"Preparing for the Deposition of Plaintiff’s Expert: Getting Behind the CV,” Defense Research Institute, New York, New York, May 12, 2005.
Firm Information
Porzio, Bromberg & Newman has a reputation for being different from other top law firms. We’re dynamic. We’re forward thinking. We strive every day to find ways in which we can better serve our clients and our people. Our efforts have resulted in many initiatives that set us apart:

*Our Vision: “Serving the best interests of our clients by serving the best interests of our people” is a unique and powerful approach to the practice of law. We believe that premium client service, top-quality work and extraordinary results can only be achieved consistently by highly motivated, challenged and committed people. At Porzio, we serve the best interests of our clients by serving the best interests of our people.

*Client Surveys: Our unwavering dedication to client satisfaction is reflected in our survey of clients. We solicit client feedback in order to continuously refine and enhance our performance as we strive to exceed client expectations for service and value.

*Team Structure: Each client matter is handled by a focused team of professionals, specifically tailored to the needs of the client. This team structure allows us to provide the highest level of legal representation and service while avoiding unnecessary costs.

*Paralegal Program: We have one of the most highly regarded paralegal programs in the country, striving to employ one paralegal for every attorney. This structure permits us to use paralegals for work that does not require a law degree—enabling our clients to realize lower legal costs.

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Practice Areas
Drug & Medical Device
General Litigation
Mass Tort
Personal Injury Litigation
Products Liability
Toxic Torts & Environmental Law
DRI Committees
Toxic Torts and Environmental Law
Women in the Law

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