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Phoebe A. Wilkinson

New York

Phoebe A. Wilkinson

Due to her significant trial and arbitration experience, if and when disputes are filed or commenced, clients regularly turn to Phoebe Wilkinson to handle their class actions, litigations and arbitrations. Phoebe has more than 20 years of experience appearing in courts throughout the United States and before international arbitration tribunals around the world. She also serves on Hogan Lovells' Global Board, and is the manager of our New York Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment practice.

Phoebe focuses on product-related matters, advising product manufacturers on the array of legal issues they face, including those related to pre-dispute strategy, risk management to minimize exposure to potential future disputes, safety, compliance, marketing, and warranties.

She has handled disputes for clients across a variety of industries, including consumer products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, retail, electric and nuclear energy, and financial institutions. Typical disputes involve claims that parties engaged in fraudulent conduct, failed to perform under contracts, and/or violated state and federal laws and statutes. Relied on for her counsel, advice, and advocacy, Phoebe works side by side with corporate counsel, corporate executives, engineers, medical professionals, and bankers to reach their goals inside and outside the courtroom.

Phoebe is called upon as a speaker and author on cutting-edge legal issues that are important to her clients, and has been recognized for her work in many prominent industry publications. In 2012 she was named one of the top women litigators in the United States in Benchmark Litigation's inaugural edition of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation," an accolade Phoebe has been awarded in each subsequent edition.

Areas of Focus

Representative Experience

Team defeated class certification in a consumer fraud/RICO nationwide class action alleging claims concerning commercial HVAC products.

Serves as national counsel to a medical device manufacturer of surgical mesh used in pelvic repair.

Obtained a complete defense verdict at trial in a contract dispute between a product manufacturer and an asset-based lender.

Secured denial of class certification and dismissal of claims for clients accused of conspiracy and fraud regarding the sale of Blu-Ray players.

Obtained a US$24m jury verdict after a three-week trial on behalf of a bank alleging it was sold fraudulent Parmalat promissory notes.

Represented a natural gas company in an international arbitration against an international supplier.

Obtained a complete dismissal of a consumer fraud class action alleging claims that the manufacturer didn't comply with the U.S. Energy Star program.

Represents global life sciences companies in arbitration disputes arising out of development, licensing, and co-promotion agreements.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., Brooklyn Journal of International Law Member, Moot Court Honor Society National Team Member, Brooklyn Law School, 1993
  • A.B., Brown University, 1988


  • Board member, Brown University Sports Foundation
  • Board member, New York City Cyclones (a youth ice hockey organization)
  • Board member, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc. (NYLPI)
  • Board member, The American Friends of St. Paul's Girls' School, London, England
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Member, New York City Bar Association, Product Liability Committee
  • Member, New York State Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York


Cited as plaintiff's counsel in a $14.6 million verdict, which was ranked 16th

The New York Law Journal's "Top 25 New York Verdicts in 2009"


Product liability and mass tort defense: consumer products (including tobacco)

The Legal 500 US


Benchmark: Litigation: Recognized nationally as a leader in Product Liability Litigation and cited as a "New York: Local Litigation Star"


Products Liability

Chambers USA


Benchmark: Litigation: Named as one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation"


Best Lawyers in America 2013, Recognized for Product Liability Litigation-Defendants

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