John A. Anderson
Salt Lake City, UT
(801) 578-6930 Direct
(801) 578-6999 Fax


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John A. Anderson


John Anderson is a partner of the firm's Trial practice group. His practice focuses upon products liability litigation, with emphasis on drug and medical device litigation, as well as toxic tort and commercial litigation. John has served on national trial and discovery teams for several major pharmaceutical and medical device clients, including GlaxoSmithKline in Paxil® and PPA litigation, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceutica in Propulsid® litigation, Ortho-McNeil in Ortho-Evra® litigation and, most recently, DePuy Synthes in ASR XL and Pinnacle hip implant litigation. John has also defended pharmaceutical manufacturers in state Medicaid fraud cases. He has tried cases in state and federal courts in California, Nevada, Utah and Pennsylvania. In addition to his trial practice, John has appeared before state appellate courts in California and Utah, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Selected by Best Lawyers® as Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants Lawyer of the Year, Salt Lake City, 2013 and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants Lawyer of the Year, Salt Lake City, 2014
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants), 2007-2017
  • Selected as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" (Utah) by Chambers USA (currently: Litigation: General Commercial), 2009-2016
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (PI-Products: Defense, Civil Litigation: Defense, Business Litigation), 2007-2015 
    • Blue Ribbon Selection Member, 2011-2012 
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Faculty member, 2002 Trial Academy
  • Member, Defense Research Institute

Community Activities

  • Past Chairman, University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics Board of Trustees
  • Past Member, Family Counseling Center Board of Trustees


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1981
    Virginia National Moot Court Team; Lile Moot Court Competition
  • University of Utah, Teaching Fellow, Department of History, 1977
  • University of Utah, Honors B.S., 1976, magna cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
    Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
    Honors Department graduate


  • Utah
  • California (inactive)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

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