Fred Magaziner

  • Lecturer in Law

Fred Magaziner was a litigation partner at Dechert LLP (previously Dechert Price & Rhoads) for 30 years. Since retiring as a partner at the end of 2014, Fred has continued to litigate civil rights and civil liberties cases at Dechert for the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center and others.

Fred has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials involving patent infringement, breach of contract, fraud, business torts, personal injury, and medical malpractice. His non-jury trials include defamation, wills, and government contracts. Litigations that Fred has resolved before trial include all of the above, plus divorce, nuisance, environmental/toxic torts, shareholders derivative actions, securities, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, civil liberties, civil rights, and attorney malpractice. Fred has also been lead or co-lead counsel for defendants in four major pharmaceutical mass tort Multi-District Litigations.

Fred is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute. Fred has taught trial advocacy for 25 years. Since 2011, Fred has taught Thinking Like a Litigator as a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Fred received a B.A from Columbia in 1969. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1976 where he was Notes and Comments Editor of the Columbia Law Review. In 1976-77, Fred clerked for Judge Max Rosenn, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.