Edward J. Fanning, Jr.


Four Gateway Center
100 Mulberry St.
Newark, NJ 07102

Edward J. Fanning, Jr. is Immediate Past Chair of the Products Liability, Mass Torts and Consumer Class Actions group. He has extensive experience in civil litigation, with a particular focus on the defense of claims against manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products and industrial equipment. He also appears regularly in federal and state courts in New Jersey and several other states defending class action litigation brought under consumer protection and consumer fraud statutes including the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (NJCFA), the Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA), and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

In 1995, Mr. Fanning won the Honorable Frederick B. Lacey Trial Advocacy Competition, and has since successfully tried to verdict cases in state and federal courts. He has also performed extensive appellate work, including appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the New Jersey Supreme Court, and has argued several successful cases before the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division.

Mr. Fanning was recently elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. He is a Past President and Member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Defense Association, immediate-past New Jersey State Representative for the Defense Research Institute, and a Trustee of The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey. He is also actively involved in Lawyers for Civil Justice, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, the International Association of Defense Counsel, and Trial Attorneys of America.

Mr. Fanning was recognized by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law and the New Jersey Defense Association as a 2015 Professional Lawyer of the Year, noting his professionalism, competence, ethical conduct and leadership.

He was named a 2006 Forty Under 40 recipient by NJBIZ, New Jersey's premier business news publication. Mr. Fanning also was selected by the New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ) for its 2006 “40 Under 40” list. According to its Editor-in-Chief, the NJLJ chooses “lawyers who have developed unique practice niches, demonstrated leadership potential by work in practice groups or committees and amassed a thick book of business and a solid record of trial, appellate or transactional work.”

Recognized by Chambers USA in 2017-2019, Mr. Fanning is ranked in Band One for New Jersey Products Liability Litigation. He also holds an AV® Preeminent rating for attorneys from Martindale-Hubbell, has been recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in each edition since 2005, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation – Health Care (2017-2020), Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants (2018-2020) and is recognized in The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers (2019). Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Martindale-Hubbell is published by Internet Brands, Inc. Chambers is published by Chambers and Partners. Best Lawyers is published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World Report. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, 1994
  • B.A., Boston College, magna cum laude, 1991

Bar Admissions

New Jersey, New York