February 21, 2018
Sills Cummis & Gross welcomes
renowned litigators James E. Tyrrell, Jr., George R. Talarico, Elissa J.
Glasband, Eric S. Westenberger and Patrick C. Gilmartin, all of whom join us
from Locke Lord.
Jim Tyrrell stated, “While the team’s
litigation is national in scope, we chose Sills Cummis & Gross because of
the Firm’s roots in New Jersey and New York.
A regionally headquartered law firm like Sills Cummis & Gross allows
us to provide clients with the best service at the best price. While results always count, service and price
continue to be major drivers for corporate clients in their choice of outside
Tyrrell and his team focus on mass
tort, product liability and commercial litigation. Tyrrell, who has been dubbed the “Master of
Disaster,” is a go-to lawyer for major companies involved in toxic tort,
product liability and environmental litigation. Tyrrell and others on the team have
successfully resolved numerous high-stakes matters. Tyrrell’s toxic tort work started in the
1980s as lead counsel for Monsanto in the Agent Orange litigation. He has consistently handled high-profile
cases, including: the Y2K litigation for Lucent and Avaya, Deepwater Horizon for
SEACOR, the DES litigation for Glaxo, the Alcohol Litigation for Brown Forman,
Breast Implants for General Electric and Environmental Litigation for
Exxon. Tyrrell was selected over 30
competing firms to represent the City of New York and 150 of its contractors in
the landmark World Trade Center Litigation involving over 10,000 cases of toxic
exposure following the 9/11 attacks.
Prior to joining Sills Cummis &
Gross, Tyrrell was Co-Chair of the Product Liability and Toxic Tort Practice
Group at Latham & Watkins, where he also served as Managing Partner of the
Firm’s New Jersey office. Tyrrell was
Global Chair for Product Liability and Toxic Torts, and New Jersey/New York
Regional Managing Partner at Patton Boggs.
Most recently, Tyrrell served as the Co-Chair of the Product Liability
Group at Locke Lord.
Tyrrell has been widely recognized as
one of the leading product liability/toxic tort lawyers in the country by
numerous rating organizations including: Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in
America, Lawdragon 500 and Super Lawyers.
Named as “Lawyer of the Week” by The
American Lawyer, Tyrrell’s practice group was chosen by the New Jersey Law Journal as Product
Liability and Mass Tort Practice Group of the Year in both 2013 and 2015.
Tyrrell will join us as a Member of
the Firm and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Mass Tort Practice Group. Talarico, Glasband, Westenberger and
Gilmartin all join us as Members of the Firm.
Prior to joining Sills Cummis &
Gross, George Talarico was Office Managing Partner of Locke Lord’s New Jersey
office. Prior to Locke Lord, he was a
partner at Thacher Proffitt & Wood. Elissa
Glasband, Eric Westenberger and Patrick Gilmartin are all part of the team that left Patton Boggs with Tyrrell in 2014.
“It is an exciting time at Sills
Cummis & Gross. Having such a renowned
litigation team join Sills Cummis & Gross expands upon our already strong
litigation capabilities for our clients.
I think the team has found a perfect home,” said Sills Cummis &
Gross Managing Partner Max Crane.