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Shankar Duraiswamy
Shankar Duraiswamy
Washington +1 202 662 5273 sduraiswamy@cov.com Download V-card

Shankar Duraiswamy represents clients in high-stakes, complex litigation matters, particularly those involving products liability, mass torts, and government and consumer fraud claims.  He has especially broad experience representing clients in the life sciences industry in a range of matters.  An experienced advocate, Mr. Duraiswamy has litigated in numerous federal and state courts, handling cases from inception through trial and appeal.

  • Defense of a pharmaceutical manufacturer in mass tort products liability litigation involving thousands of claimants in federal MDL and state courts.
  • Defense of a pharmaceutical manufacturer in multiple products liability lawsuits alleging fatal injuries caused by biologic.
  • Defense of a pharmaceutical manufacturer in multiple industry-wide lawsuits, in state and federal courts, alleging pricing fraud and violation of consumer protection statutes.
  • Representation of Chiquita Brands in mass tort proceedings arising out of extortion payments made by Chiquita’s former subsidiary to armed groups in Colombia.
  • Representation of numerous clients in insurance coverage proceedings arising from large-scale accidents, including pipeline explosion, train derailment, and underground chemical release.
  • Representation of a large hotel chain in insurance coverage litigation over property damage to its hotels and bad-faith refusal to pay liability insurance proceeds.

Pro Bono

  • Six month full-time assignment at Neighborhood Legal Services Program, providing legal representation and assistance to low-income DC residents on various issues, including landlord-tenant law, domestic law, public benefits hearings, employment law, and consumer law.
  • Representation of plaintiffs in a putative class action against the United States Postal Service for failure to provide reasonable accommodations to deaf postal workers.
  • Representation of tenants in rent-controlled building challenging landlord’s attempt to increase rent by more than 200 percent.
  • Assistance with appeal of death penalty sentence in Talladega County, Alabama.
  • The National Law Journal, "D.C. Rising Star" (2017) 
  • Law360, Product Liability "Rising Star" (2017)
  • Legal 500 US, Litigation - Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense - Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices (2015-2017) 
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, "Rising Star" (2014-2015)