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Timothy L. Mullin, Jr.


Timothy L. Mullin, Jr.

Mr. Mullin is a trial, appellate and regulatory lawyer, and his practice focuses on representing manufacturers in product liability cases, particularly those involving fires, burns and electrocutions and electric shocks. A significant part of his practice is representing clients before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in connection with corrective action plans (recalls), civil penalties and reports and investigations under the Consumer Product Safety Act. He also assists clients in the area of product safety and risk management. He is immediate past chair of the firm’s Products Liability practice group.

Tim is national coordinating counsel for Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., where he supervises nationally the defense of cases involving a variety of household and other products, including coffeemakers, toaster ovens, toasters, hand-held vacuums and step stools, as well as catastrophic claims involving power tools and heavy industrial machinery. In addition, he acts as Maryland and national trial counsel for Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. and other major manufacturers including General Electric Company, Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc., Electrolux North America, Inc., Broan-NuTone, LLC and Jarden Corporation (formerly Sunbeam Products, Inc.).

Tim is well versed in the application of Daubert v. Merrill Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to products liability cases. For example, he was the principal attorney in Knotts v. Black & Decker, Inc., 204 F. Supp. 2d 1029 (N.D. Ohio 2002) and Booth v. Black & Decker, Inc., 166 F. Supp. 2d 215 (E.D. Pa. 2001), both of which extended the reach of Daubert in fire litigation. He also successfully established the limited immunity of paramedics employed by the Baltimore City Fire Department, thereby shielding them from tort liability in the performance of their duties in the case of Mayor & City Council v. Chase, 360 Md. 121 (2000), rev’g 126 Md. App. 427 (1999).

In addition to his legal career, Tim has been involved in the fire service as a firefighter and fire officer for over 30 years. He is a frequent author and lecturer in the areas of fire and products liability litigation.

Best Lawyers in America ® named Tim 2012 Lawyer of the Year for Baltimore Product Liability Litigation - Defendants.

In April, 2008, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers presented Tim with its Chairman’s Award (its highest award for non-members) "for outstanding service to AHAM members in the area of product safety and product liability."

Affiliations & Recognition

Community Activities

  • Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company (1974-present)

Professional Involvement

  • Defense Research Institute: Former Co-Chair, Products Liability Committee; Fire and Property Damage Subcommittee; Products Liability Committee

  • International Association of Arson Investigators

  • National Association of Manufacturers CPSC Coalition

  • National Fire Protection Association

  • Product Liability Advisory Council

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America®: Named "Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Baltimore Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2012)

  • Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2007-2019)

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent® Rated

  • Maryland Super Lawyers®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Personal Injury Products: Defense (2008-2016, 2019)

Blogs

Case Examples

CPSC Investigation

When a client became the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission seeking a civil penalty f...

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CPSC Investigation

When a client became the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission seeking a civil penalty f...

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CPSC Investigation

When a client became the subject of an investigation by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission seeking a civil penalty f...

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CPSC Investigation

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Press Coverage

Publications

"CPSC Recall Rules Will Hurt Industry and Confuse Consumers," Law360 (April 02, 2014).
"CPSC To Continue Its Aggressive Approach in 2013," Law360 (Co-Author) (December 21, 2012).
"Reporting Personal Injury Claims - A Change is Coming," ACC Docket (Co-Author) (May 01, 2010).
"Standards for the Admissibility of Expert Evidence in the 50 States," Product Liability Advisory Council, Maryland Chapter (January 01, 2005).

Speaking Engagements

"NFPA 921 in the Courtroom," Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers 2009 Product Safety & Liability Seminar, Washington, D.C. (October 13, 2009).
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