Rayna E. Kessler

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Experience

Rayna E. Kessler is an attorney in the New York office of Robins Kaplan LLP.  Her practice focuses on representing individuals who have been injured by dangerous drugs and medical devices, medical malpractice, and other catastrophic personal injuries.  She is admitted to practice in federal and state courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

After earning her J.D. from Temple University School of Law, Rayna clerked for the Honorable Carol E. Higbee, J.A.D., a role in which she worked on several high-profile pharmaceutical and medical device matters.

Currently, Rayna Kessler serves as liaison counsel in the In Re: Benicar (Olmesartan Medoxomil) New Jersey Multicounty Litigation, Case No. 299. She is also serving as the State/Federal Coordination Chairperson for the Plaintiff Steering Committee in the In Re: Benicar (Olmesartan) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2606.  She is also an active member of the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) and the American Association for Justice (AAJ).

Rayna Kessler has been invited to lecture and serve on panels regarding pharmaceutical cases for several organizations, including the Mass Tort Med School’s annual medical seminar, New Jersey Association for Justice, Mass Torts Made Perfect, HarrisMartin, and the American Association for Justice. She has written articles concerning pharmaceutical and cosmetic product safety alerts. Rayna enjoys advocating for greater access to healthcare information and consumer protection for patients.

  • Included in New Jersey Law Journal's 2018 "New Leaders of the Bar" list
  • Named one of New Jersey Law Journal's "Top Women in Law" (2016)
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
Education
  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D. (2010)
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., magna cum laude, and with University Honors and Distinction (2005)
Professional Associations
  • New Jersey Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Public Justice

  • Can I Litigate a Mass Tort in State Court?
    American Association for Justice Seminar, San Diego, California (July 26, 2019)
  • Deposition Strategies and Techniques Honing Your Skills and Finding Your Style
    New York City Bar, New York, New York (June 19, 2019)
  • NJ Standard for Admissibility of Expert Testimony After In re Accutane
    New Jersey Association for Justice Winter Seminar, Somerset, New Jersey (February 28, 2019)
  • Rebuttal Summation Overcoming the Obstacles
    Trial Lawyers Summit 2019, Miami, Florida (January 20, 2019)
  • Update on the New Jersey MDL's
    New Jersey Association for Justice, Atlantic City, New Jersey (April 27, 2017)
  • Intake Criteria for Mass Tort Cases Presented by Judge Higbee’s Alumni
    New Jersey Association for Justice, Atlantic City, New Jersey (April 27, 2017)
  • Demanding Justice Stories and Advice from Trial Lawyers
    American Association for Justice, New York, New York (April 12, 2017)
  • Doctors Panel Drugs Devices and Practices
    Mass Tort Med School & Class Actions, HB Litigation Conferences, Orlando, Florida (March 14, 2017)
  • Science Update Benicar
    Mass Tort Med School, San Juan, Puerto Rico (May 4, 2016)
  • Emerging Torts Abilify
    Mass Tort Med School, San Juan, Puerto Rico (May 4, 2016)
  • New Jersey Litigation Update
    New Jersey Association For Justice Boardwalk Seminar, Atlantic City, New Jersey (April 30, 2016)
  • Drug and Medical Device Conference
    American Association For Justice, Boca Raton, Florida (February 27, 2016)
  • Benicar Litigation MDL Atlantic County
    New Jersey Association For Justice, East Rutherford, New Jersey (November 20, 2015)
  • Plaintiff Only Hot Topics and Trends in Litigation
    American Association For Justice, New York, New York (September 30, 2015)
  • Benicar Litigation Update
    American Association For Justice, Montreal, Canada (July 12, 2015)
  • Benicar Litigation
    Mass Torts Made Perfect, Las Vegas, Nevada (April 17, 2015)
  • New Jersey Litigation Update
    American Association For Justice, Desert Springs, California (February 24, 2015)
  • Benicar Litigation
    Mass Torts Made Perfect, Las Vegas, Nevada (October 20, 2014)
  • Benicar Litigation
    Mass Torts Made Perfect, Webinar (August 7, 2014)
  • Litigation Update
    HarrisMartin, New Orleans, Louisiana (June 20, 2014)
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