McCarter Names Two PartnersTo Firm's Life Sciences Group

Thursday, April 1, 2004 - 01:00

The firm of McCarter & English, LLP has named Kimberly S. Penner as partner in the New York office and Debra M. Perry as partner in the Newark, NJ office. The naming of Ms. Penner and Ms. Perry is a reflection of the firm's growth strategy along the Northeast corridor and its increased activity in the life sciences industry.

Both Ms. Penner and Ms. Perry focus on products liability litigation, mass tort and toxic tort litigation concerning pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The McCarter Life Sciences Group recently won a defense verdict in the first trial involving phenylpropanolamine (PPA), a widely used ingredient in cough/cold remedies that is the subject of thousands of cases pending against numerous pharmaceutical companies. McCarter & English also is coordinating the defense of the expanding national litigation involving hormone replacement therapy.

Ms. Penner, formerly of Sedgwick's New York office, has devoted much of her career to defending corporations in the life sciences industry in cases with complex medical, scientific and statistical issues. She also represents life sciences companies in antitrust and other matters.

Ms. Penner is known for her skill and experience in managing litigation spanning multiple jurisdictions, in consolidated and multidistrict proceedings, and in class actions. She also often represents clients in the state and federal appellate courts and has written briefs for the United States Supreme Court.


Anthony D. Tancini, a former New Jersey deputy attorney general, has joined McCarter & English. He spent the past three years in the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Department of Law. He was involved with the Division of Pensions and Benefits, the Merit System Board, state tobacco enforcement, collections and bankruptcy litigation, and state taxation litigation. Before his position as a deputy attorney general, Mr. Tancini spent more than four years working in different capacities for the U.S. Army, including spending a year in Korea where he was a postal platoon leader.