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Broad-based civil litigation associate, with a focus on products liability defense.

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Stephen Lanza has worked as a litigation associate in the New York and Jersey City offices of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. His practice centers around broad-based civil litigation, with a focus on products liability defense.

Mr. Lanza has defended several leading United States pharmaceutical manufacturers in nationwide litigation involving prescription drugs. He has managed mass tort litigation in various state and federal courts. Mr. Lanza helped spearhead the national affirmative discovery effort on behalf of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies in litigation involving one of the company’s drugs. In connection with the defense of this client, Mr. Lanza worked with other Hughes Hubbard attorneys to devise and implement efficiency procedures and process improvements relating to the discovery of thousands claimants, resulting in substantial cost savings for client. Mr. Lanza represents Lorillard Tobacco Company in Engle-progeny smoking and health lawsuits pending in Florida state and federal courts.

Mr. Lanza serves on a pro bono basis as the sole attorney for Opera New Jersey, the Garden State’s largest opera company. In this capacity, he has worked on a variety of matters encompassing the fields of labor and employment law, entertainment law, trusts and estates and bankruptcy. Mr. Lanza has also represented Jersey City Museum, a community arts institution, pro bono in litigation and mediation involving contractual and commercial disputes.

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While Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP has a distinguished history dating back to 1888, the firm has been recognized as part of the "new elite" among "the profession's top tier," according to a survey by The American Lawyer magazine ("The A-List", July 2012).

With offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, Jersey City, Kansas City, Paris and Tokyo, Hughes Hubbard offers expertise in a wide range of practice areas. Our team of experienced practitioners work in over 30 specialized practices, from mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, corporate reorganization, real estate and cross-border transactions to securities litigation, arbitration, product liability, antitrust, intellectual property, labor, employee benefits and tax, as well as niche practices such as art law and a credit card practice.

From our early roots in the courtroom, Hughes Hubbard has developed a litigation practice that is among the most lauded in the country. A Survey in the International Financial Law Review identified several of our partners as "stars" in the field of international litigation and noted that our "results have been excellent." Our arbitration practice was recognized that same year by International Commercial Litigation magazine both for its volume (first among U.S. law firms in number of cases handled) and scope (first among American firms in number of industries represented). The American Lawyer and Chambers Global have both cited the firm as being in the forefront of international arbitration work.

Our corporate practice is diverse and extensive. It handles everything from M&A, corporate governance, and joint ventures to capital markets, private equity, equipment finance and banking. Clients range from leading Fortune 500 corporations to privately held companies to venture capital firms and private equity funds. They operate in many industries, such as manufacturing, transportation, financial institutions, pharmaceuticals, high technology, media, publishing, telecommunications and more. The breadth of our expertise enables us to provide high-quality, high-value work and handle large projects affordably.

A distinguishing characteristic of Hughes Hubbard has long been its emphasis on providing superior, individualized client service. Every attorney in the firm understands that the practice of law requires extensive knowledge, outstanding skills and unwavering responsiveness. At a time when most Wall Street firms were focused only on securities work, our founder Charles Evans Hughes (the future Governor, Secretary of State and Chief Justice) decided at the turn of the century that the firm should meet all of its clients' legal needs. In particular, Hughes insisted that the firm's lawyers "stand up" for their clients in court. As a result, we not only built a prominent litigation practice; we built long-term, loyal relationships with many of our clients, some of them enduring for more than half a century.

Hughes Hubbard's goal has always been the same: To do everything it can in support of its clients. At the same time, the firm has steadfastly fulfilled its obligation to be a Good Citizen within the larger community in which its lawyers practice. The firm has outstanding diversity scores and consistently receives high marks for its pro bono activities. Hughes Hubbard truly is, as The American Lawyer observed, one of America's Top Law Firms.

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