Diane E. Lifton

Partner and Co-chair, Life Sciences Group, Product Liability Group, and Co-Chair of Hiring and Diversity Committees
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP (New York, NY)

DIANE E. LIFTON is a trial lawyer and Co-Chair of Hughes Hubbard’s Product Liability Group.  With over twenty years experience, Ms. Lifton has represented a broad spectrum of product manufacturers in the coordination and trial of high-stakes individual cases and mass tort litigation, focusing on pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology.  Through her work with experts, she has developed extensive knowledge in the fields of pharmacology, toxicology, gastroenterology, dermatology, neurology, rheumatology, cardiology, psychiatry, plastic surgery, pathology, materials science, and FDA regulations. Ms. Lifton also advocates for changes in local and federal laws to reduce litigation against industry. Areas of reform include bringing state evidentiary standards applicable to the admissibility of scientific opinions in line with federal Daubertprinciples, reducing the reach of state consumer fraud statutes, reduction of exposure to punitive damages, and federal preemption of state law claims.