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Christopher R. Carton

Christopher R. Carton

Managing Partner
  • New York
  • ,
  • New Brunswick

Chris Carton has a national trial practice with deep roots in New Jersey. Chris, a third generation New Jersey lawyer, served as law clerk to New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Daniel O’Hern in the final year of the Court under legendary Chief Justice Robert Wilentz. For more than 25 years, companies have turned to Chris in New Jersey, New York and nationally with pressing matters of often unusual complexity in the areas of product liability, catastrophic personal injury and commercial litigation.

Chris is a first chair trial attorney with deep trial experience in a wide range of matters. Chris has appeared as lead counsel in 27 trials and has obtained 18 verdicts, 10 of which were jury verdicts. He has taken jury verdicts in a range of catastrophic personal injury matters, including matters involving permanently disabling spinal disc injuries and permanent traumatic brain injuries (TBI). His commercial verdicts have involved “Bet the Company” litigations, including obtaining a $220 million judgment and over $3 million in legal fees in the Delaware Court of Chancery based on a counter-party’s breach of a covenant to negotiate in good faith a license agreement for a biodefense drug.  

Chris routinely defends pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer products manufacturers in consolidated proceedings, mass torts and MDL proceedings and as lead counsel in class actions. He has been lead trial counsel in consolidated litigations involving an osteoporosis drug, recalled birth control pills, urinalysis analyzers, drug testing assays and Zantac. His mass tort experience extends to matters involving alleged exposure to a variety of toxins, including mold, asbestos and talc claims. 

Since 2009, Chris has been designated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a designation presently held by less than 3% of all licensed New Jersey attorneys and reserved for those who have demonstrated an “unblemished reputation” for “character and ability” in civil trial practice.


Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1995
    Seton Hall Law Review, Managing Editor
  • Middlebury College, B.A., 1992
    Major: Classical Studies

Professional Associations

    • Supreme Court of New Jersey
      —Member, District Ethics Committee for Essex County, District V-B
    • Litigation Counsel of America
      —Fellow, Barrister – Order of Veritas
    • Trial Lawyers of New Jersey
      —Former Trustee


    • Supreme Court of New Jersey
      —Certified Civil Trial Attorney, 2009 – 2022
    • The Legal 500
      —Named in Litigation: Product Liability Defense, Consumer Products, 2020
    • —Named in Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Category, 2022 – 2024
    • Best Lawyers in America
      —Listed in Products Liability Litigation – Defense, 2017 – 2024
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —New Jersey Super Lawyers, 2011 – 2018

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • “Recent Trends and Lessons Learned from MDLs in the Last Year,” Presenter, Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Biotech Litigation Virtual Regional CLE Program, March 2023
  • "Lessons Learned from this Year’s Top MDLs: Incorporating Key Defense Strategies from 3M Ear Plugs, Opioids and Zantac Into Your Trial Practice," Panelist, ACI Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference, December 2022
  • "Prescription Opiates Past, Present, and Future," Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, February 2018