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Practice area:

Intellectual property


John Winter is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation department. He has focused his practice on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device cases. A member of Patterson Belknap since 1990, Mr. Winter has tried or argued the appeal of more than 50 product liability cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Mr. Winter also has acted as national counsel for pharmaceutical, consumer product, and medical device manufacturers in consolidated proceedings in state and federal courts. He also has substantial experience litigating commercial matters for Patterson Belknap clients including tax-exempt organizations, governmental entities, privately held companies as well as pharmaceutical, cosmetic and medical device companies. In addition, Mr. Winter has published articles on regulatory and evidentiary issues concerning pharmaceutical and medical devices. 


Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
has recognized Mr. Winter as a notable practitioner nationally in the field of product liability and mass torts. Clients have stated that he is “phenomenally experienced and practical” and “very knowledgeable about regulatory issues with the FDA.” Clients have also noted that he has “very good judgment” and is “always accessible and very responsive.” 


Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Mr. Winter served as Law Clerk to the Hon. John M. Cannella, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. 


Mr. Winter earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1981, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Fordham Urban Law Journal. He earned his B.A. cum laude, and an M.A. in Government Affairs from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. 

Updated Sep 2021