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James S. Braaten, ESQ.


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James S. Braaten is a Senior Litigation Counsel-Partner with Clark & DiStefano. Mr. Braaten’s practice areas concentrate on mass torts, toxic torts, complex products liability, product safety & quality issues, insurance coverage, corporate compliance, pharmaceutical, OTC & herbal supplements, premises liability, contracts, commercial disputes, healthcare and medical provider liability and collection practice. Mr. Braaten has served nationally as an Arbitrator and Mediator in complex liability matters.

Joining the firm in 2013, Mr. Braaten brings over 18 years of experience as the outside National Coordinating Counsel (“NCC”), Regional Counsel and Trial Counsel in mass torts and complex products liability matters for a number of Fortune 500 companies. He is recognized as a leader in innovative claims management strategies for national mass tort litigation.

Mr. Braaten was an early proponent and participant in briefing and motion practice nationally on the issue of No Legal Duty to Warn for equipment manufacturers and has written extensively on this issue. He has also participated nationally on briefings for other key legal defenses, such as Federal Preemption, Sophisticated User and Removals to Federal Court under Federal Officer or Federal Enclave Jurisdiction. He has extensive experience with a variety of Federal Multi-District Litigation panels (“MDL”).


  • 1989: Seton Hall University, BS in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude
  • Double Major: Finance and Economics
  • 1993: Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude
  • Certificate in Tax Law Honors Program
  • Rutgers Law Journal – Member (1991-1992), Notes Editor (1992-1993)

Admission to Practice

  • New Jersey State Bar – 1993
  • Pennsylvania State Bar – 1994
  • New York State Bar – 1999
  • U.S. District Court – NJ, ED PA – 1994; SD NY – 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Third Circuit – 1996


  • DRI
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (“CLM”)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association – Products Liability Section
  • Ocean County Bar Association