Gregory A. Krauss is a partner in the law firm Davidson Berquist Jackson & Gowdey, LLP. Prior to joining the firm, he had a successful solo practice from 2010-2012; was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP from 2000-2010; and was an associate and partner at Carr Goodson Lee & Warner, P.C. from 1988-2000.
Greg has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame (1984) and a Juris Doctor from Delaware Law School of Widener University (1988).
Greg has been a trial lawyer since 1988. His practice has centered primarily on cases that combine complex scientific issues with complex litigation issues. He has litigated cases involving intellectual property, environmental liability under CERCLA, environmental insurance coverage, toxic tort chemical exposures, and pharmaceutical regulatory issues.
Greg has trial experience in state, federal and administrative courts, including:
- + Trial co-counsel in a three week CERCLA arranger liability bench trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin representing Appleton Papers Inc. (2012)
- + Trial co-counsel in a four week DRAM patent jury trial in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey representing Matsushita Industrial Electrical, Ltd. (2006)
- + Trial co-counsel in a three month medical device patent jury trial in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee representing Medtronic Sofamor Danek. (2004)
- + Lead trial counsel for Bayer Corporation in administrative proceedings before the United States Food and Drug Administration, In the Matter of: Enrofloxacin for Poultry: Withdrawal of Approval of New Animal Drug Application NADA 140-828, the first animal drug withdrawal case to be tried since 1985. (2002 – 2003)
- + Trial defense co-counsel in a two month, multi-plaintiff, “sick building syndrome” jury trial in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia, a case arising from the EPA Headquarters building in Washington, D.C. (1993)
- + Lead counsel in a pro bono asylum case, achieving asylum in September 2010 for a teenaged El Salvadoran girl who was persecuted by gangs in her hometown. Greg was lead trial counsel at the merits hearing. Before a decision on the merits, a law change impacted where the case could be first heard. Greg moved the matter to the United States Customs and Immigration Service and won asylum. (2009 – 2010)
- + Lead counsel in a pro bono asylum case, achieving asylum in February 2007 for an Ethiopian professor who was persecuted and imprisoned on account of his political affiliations, ethnic background and religious beliefs. Greg was lead trial counsel at the May 2005 merits hearing in the United States Immigration Court, Arlington, VA and lead counsel on appeal before the Board of Immigration Appeals. (2005 – 2007)
Other Litigation Experience
In addition to the trials above, Greg has achieved results on the merits without trial for a number of clients, including:
- + WTC Captive Insurance Company, Inc. (insurance coverage, summary judgment against Certain Underwriters of Lloyd’s, London and Certain London Market Insurers on duty to defend and equitable contribution, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2008);
- + Swett & Crawford (insurance contract, case dismissed on summary judgment, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 2005);
- + Medtronic Sofamor Danek (conversion and unjust enrichment claims dismissed on summary judgment, United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, 2004);
- + Cutting Edge Technologies (supplier contract, awarded $1.5 million on summary judgment, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 2002);
- + Continental Insurance Company (insurance coverage, summary judgment finding no coverage, Connecticut Superior Court, 1999)
- + Zurich American Life Insurance (annuity contract, summary judgment finding no breach of contract, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 1995);
- + Rutland Fire Clay Company (asbestos personal injury, summary judgment finding no liability, Circuit Court for Baltimore County, MD 1989).
While attending law school, Greg was a chemical engineer for a multinational chemical company, providing technical support to a chlorofluorocarbon manufacturing plant and conducting laboratory research in composite material development.
Greg is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania (inactive) as well as in the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, District of Maryland, District of New Jersey, Western District of Michigan, and Eastern District of Wisconsin, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Seventh Circuit, and Federal Circuit. He is a member of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.