Ray Aragon is a litigation attorney and a member of Press, Dozier & Hamelburg, LLC. Mr. Aragon specializes in business and contract disputes, insurance coverage claims, intellectual property disputes, and complex product liability and product safety regulation and litigation. He has more than 20 years of experience helping corporate clients successfully navigate business disputes, regulatory proceedings and government investigations. He works closely with clients to develop effective litigation strategies to resolve legal disputes efficiently and advantageously. Mr. Aragon’s areas of expertise include proactive liability management, pretrial investigations, strategic discovery, presenting and examining experts, negotiating settlements and administrative hearings and trials. He is an experienced appellate advocate as well, and has argued cases before three federal courts of appeals and a state supreme court.
Over two decades as a partner in the major Washington, D.C. law firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP (now Dentons, LLP), Mr. Aragon represented pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, service companies, government contractors, consumer product wholesalers, and other corporations in a broad variety of matters, from small employment cases to major product liability litigations involving thousands of individual and class action claims. He has represented clients in cases and administrative matters in state and federal courts across the country. Mr. Aragon was national coordinating counsel in several multidistrict mass tort litigations, including the phen-fen drug product liability litigation, in which he managed a defense team with attorneys from more than two dozen law firms in more than 30 states. He also has defended clients in cases involving alleged theft of misappropriation of trade secrets, represented patentholders seeking damages for patent infringement, and represented government contractors in contract disputes, contract terminations, and liability claims. Mr. Aragon has written and lectured on product liability claims and defenses, federal preemption issues, government contractor liability, risk management for product manufacturers and distributors, and civil procedure.
Prior to joining Press, Dozier & Hamelburg, Mr. Aragon served as Director of Compliance and Field Operations and as Special Counsel for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In these positions, Mr. Aragon directed investigations of unsafe consumer products, managed product recalls, and represented the Commission in enforcement investigations and administrative litigation, including litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He also represented the agency in rulemaking proceedings related to product safety standards and revised the Commission’s Rules of Administrative Procedure for hearings under the Administrative Procedure Act.
In 2013, Mr. Aragon was recognized by his peers as a “DC Super Lawyer” in the area of product liability. In 2015, Mr. Aragon and his trial team received the Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman’s Award for their work on CPSC’s product hazard litigation. In 2012, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network awarded Mr. Aragon its Outstanding Service Award for his work on the Cancer Action Network’s Judicial Advocacy Initiative.
Mr. Aragon is a graduate of the Yale Law School, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board of Directors. He is licensed to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and California (currently inactive), and is admitted to practice before many federal trial and appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Product Liability Considerations of Nanomaterials, LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy, December 2012
Litigation Advisory: Supreme Court Finds Impossibility Preemption for Failure-To-Warn Claims Against Generic Drug Manufacturers, June 24, 2011 (co-author), available at www.dentons.com/en/~/media/66fe81075ce14f788115f4fa2079f976.ashx
Manufacturers Beware: Liability When Warning Labels Are Ignored or Disobeyed, Product Liability Law & Strategy, July 1, 2003 (co-author)
Are Communications Between Attorneys and Public Relations Advisors Privileged?, LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy, January 2002 (co-author)
TREAD Act Foreshadows a Bumpy Compliance Road for Automakers, LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy, February 2001 (co-author)
The Government Contractor Defense: Limiting Product Liability in the New Procurement Environment, The Government Contractor, Vol. 39, No. 14 (April 1997) (co-author)
Joint Defense Agreements, 20 ABA Litigation 11 (1994) (co-author)