Darron E. Berquist is the Managing Attorney of the firm’s asbestos practice in New York. In addition to representing individuals with asbestos-caused diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and ovarian cancer, he assists the firm’s pharmaceutical and product liability groups, particularly on matters related to expert witnesses.
Mr. Berquist is a member of the American Association for Justice, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the New York State Bar Association.
- Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson: Between 2016 and 2018, served as a member of the pre-trial team that worked on behalf of 22 women and their families who alleged that use of asbestos-laden Johnson’s Baby Powder products caused their ovarian cancer. In June of 2018, went to verdict following a six-week jury trial in St. Louis City Circuit Court resulting in a $4.69 billion award.
- Whelan v. Armstrong International: Represented the estate of Arthur Whelan, a career plumber who was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, in reversing orders granting summary judgment to nine defendants. The decision of the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, which held that equipment manufacturers have a duty to warn regarding asbestos-containing components and replacement parts, was affirmed by the New Jersey Supreme Court.
- State of Connecticut
- State of New Jersey
- State of New York
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Southern Districts of New York
Darron E. Berquist joined The Lanier Law Firm as an associate in 2012 and practices in the areas of asbestos litigation, toxic torts, mass torts, pharmaceutical litigation and product liability. Prior to joining The Lanier Law Firm, Mr. Berquist was an associate at the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer in New York, where he focused his practice on class actions and representing individuals suffering from asbestos-induced diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Mr. Berquist has also represented individuals who have been injured by medical devices, medical malpractice and lead poisoning.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Berquist is a 2007 graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was the Business Editor of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution and represented low-income and disabled individuals through the law school’s Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic. While in law school, Mr. Berquist also worked for the Litigation Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General. He received his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky in 2004.
Mr. Berquist is licensed to practice in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York.