John A. Anderson

Senior Counsel
Salt Lake City, UT

About John

John Anderson is senior counsel in 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.

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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Named 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
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants), 2007–2020
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Utah) by Chambers USA (currently: Litigation: General Commercial), 2009–2020
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (PI – Products: Defense, Civil Litigation: Defense, Business Litigation), 2007–2017, 2019 
    • 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
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