Former Bayer VP & Associate General Counsel Gary McConnell Joins Eckert Seamans
January 22, 2014
The national law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC announced today that Gary D. McConnell, former Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Bayer Corporation, has joined the firm as a Member (partner) in Pittsburgh. McConnell will focus his practice in product liability, mass tort and commercial litigation matters.
“Gary embodies our firm’s unique approach to assisting clients with complex, high-stakes disputes,” said Eckert Seamans’ CEO Timothy P. Ryan. “Many of us have known and worked with Gary for years. He is an outstanding and zealous advocate for his clients, who will bring his many years of diverse business counseling experience to the firm. We are very fortunate to have him among our ranks, where we and our clients can benefit from his experience and sound judgment.”
For more than 15 years as a senior-level attorney in a publicly traded international corporation, McConnell led many important strategic initiatives for Bayer, where he played a major role in the management of mass tort litigation cases against the company. He had direct responsibility for the development and implementation of defense and settlement programs for mass tort and product liability litigation involving a large number of lawsuits, government investigations and insurance issues. McConnell also participated in the mediation of numerous cases and supervised the handling of U.S. employment litigation.
“I am excited to join Eckert Seamans, and look forward to growing the product liability and mass tort practice,” said McConnell. “The move to Eckert Seamans presents an excellent opportunity to collaborate with some of the best litigators in the country and to sustain and expand the firm’s nationally recognized practice.”
Prior to joining Bayer, McConnell was engaged in the private practice of law in St. Louis, Missouri, with a practice concentration in the defense of product liability, medical malpractice and admiralty cases. Before becoming a lawyer, McConnell was a law enforcement officer in Missouri for more than six years. He served as a detective and was involved in several high profile cases, including two which resulted in the successful prosecution of corrupt public officials.
McConnell earned a J.D., cum laude, and B.S. degree from the University of Missouri.