John C. Garde


Four Gateway Center
100 Mulberry St.
Newark, NJ 07102

Mr. Garde is a product liability litigator with an emphasis on the national defense of pharmaceutical product liability litigation and the coordination of mass tort product liability litigation involving occupational exposures. He regularly appears in state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York as well as many other jurisdictions. He also is experienced in appellate practice in state and federal courts.

Over more than 30 years of practice, Mr. Garde has represented clients in personal injury, insurance sales practices litigation and property damage litigation involving pharmaceutical (prescription and over-the-counter) products, toxic dumpsite exposure, silica personal injury litigation and asbestos personal injury litigation for a number of Fortune 500 clients. He has served as regional and New Jersey counsel for various corporations defending individual and mass tort claims.

Mr. Garde has litigated numerous personal injury and wrongful death cases related to asbestos, chemical and environmental exposures, as well as cases involving claimed exposures to asbestos, lead paint, benzene and zinc. He has appeared frequently as appellate counsel before state and federal appellate tribunals in New Jersey, New York and elsewhere. He argued Dafler v. Raymark Industries, 259 N.J. Super. 17 (App. Div. 1992), affirmed 132 N.J. 96 (1993), which established a defendant's right to apportionment of liability between concurrent causes of disease in a toxic exposure case.

Mr. Garde also has been part of the coordinating group managing litigations at the national, regional or local levels involving various pharmaceutical products including antidepressants, silicone gel breast implants, diabetes medications, anti-anxiety medications, hormone replacement therapy, and polio vaccine. In addition to extensive case management responsibilities, Mr. Garde has responsibility for many pretrial and trial activities including the development of scientific and medical defenses, the selection and work-up of medical and scientific experts, and the conduct of Daubert hearings.

He regularly litigates disputes involving general and specific scientific causation, as well as causation in fact, and deals with the full range of issues that arise in the defense of medical claims in product liability actions. He has extensive experience with the coordination of e-discovery and document management.

Mr. Garde serves on numerous charitable boards and foundations and is currently President of the Trustees of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark responsible for the management and oversight of the Capital and Endowment Assets of the Diocese. He is one of the Chancellors of the Diocese. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Chatham Day School and as a Trustee of St. Philip’s Academy in Newark. Mr. Garde has lectured on issues involving the management and legal liabilities of not-for-profit institutions. Mr. Garde is a longstanding member of several of McCarter’s standing committees, including our Professional Personnel Committee responsible for the management of associates and paralegals and our Compensation Committee. He also serves as a member of the District Ethics Committee for Essex County.

Mr. Garde received the 2015 William A. Dreier Award for Excellence in Product Liability Law from the New Jersey State Bar Association, Product Liability and Toxic Tort Section. He has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Class of 1986 from William & Mary Law School. He is recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer for 2011-2019 and is listed in the 2018-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. Best Lawyers is published by Best Lawyers in partnership with US News and World Report. Martindale-Hubbell is published by Internet Brands, Inc. 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., Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary, 1986
  • B.A., Drew University, summa cum laude, 1983, Phi Beta Kappa

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