Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman

Speaker Bio

Adam Slater is a highly regarded New Jersey trial lawyer and a partner in Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, LLC, specializing in complex civil litigation cases, including professional malpractice, personal injury, class actions, mass torts, wrongful death, products liability, construction accidents, and commercial litigation. Mr. Slater has established a reputation as a hard nosed, creative courtroom lawyer who welcomes challenges and opportunities to fight for the rights of his clients. Mr. Slater has won numerous substantial verdicts in court, and obtained many substantial settlements for his clients.

Mr. Slater has taken a leadership role in large complex litigations, including his appointment as plaintiffs' co-lead counsel for the Benicar (Olmesartan) federal MDL in the District of New Jersey, as co-class counsel in a class action against Volkswagen and Audi, and as plaintiffs co-liaison counsel in consolidated litigation involving thousands of pelvic mesh cases filed against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon, Inc.  In February, 2013 Mr. Slater was lead trial counsel in the first pelvic mesh trial against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, resulting in a compensatory and punitive damages verdict of $11.1 million. 

Mr. Slater is routinely consulted by the media regarding complex litigation issues.

Mr. Slater has established an international presence in the battle against pelvic mesh.  On February 24, 2015 Mr. Slater testified before the Scottish Parliament in support of a petition to ban pelvic mesh devices in Scotland.  He informed the Parliament of the horrible complications caused by the devices, deceptive marketing, manipulation of medical societies and medical journals, and the destruction by Johnson & Johnson of tens of thousands of relevant documents, among other topics during his testimony.  Mr. Slater has also been interviewed by RADAR TV in the Netherlands, and other international news outlets.

Mr. Slater has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, a status earned by less than 2% of the attorneys in New Jersey.

Mr. Slater is also recognized as a Super Lawyer, and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America. He also lectures on trial practice for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the American Association for Justice.

Mr. Slater's educational background: Tulane University, B.A., 1989; Boston University, J.D., 1993, Paul J. Liacos Scholar, Edward F. Hennessey Scholar.

Mr. Slater is admitted in the following jurisdictions: New Jersey, District of New Jersey, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, New York, District of Columbia, Colorado and has tried cases in numerous states.

Mr. Slater is a member of the following organizations: New Jersey State Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association, American Association for Justice.