Bruce R. Parker

Parker Bruce

Bruce Parker is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Bruce's practice focuses on pharmaceutical and medical device product liability. He has been lead trial counsel in four mass torts and has been involved in various capacities in three others. He is also a leader in several defense bar associations.


Representative Matters

  • Served as lead trial counsel for Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA in the Actos litigation, where he tried three cases to verdict in Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Led the expert development effort for Daiichi Sankyo, Inc. in the Benicar litigation, including the development of Daubert challenges
  • Served as lead trial counsel for Boehringer Ingelheim in the Mirapex MDL in two bellwether cases tried in 2008
  • Served as a member of the national trial team for Cardinal Healthcare Corp. in the latex glove litigation; work included developing national experts in several scientific disciplines; tried cases to verdict in California and Texas; selected as lead examiner in the MDL Daubert hearings
  • Served as a member of the national trial team for Baxter Healthcare Corp. in its breast implant litigation; served as trial counsel in five trials involving nine plaintiffs tried to verdict in Houston, Texas; Birmingham, Alabama; San Diego, California; and Boston, Massachusetts; selected to represent Baxter before the MDL National Science Panel charged with evaluating whether there was credible scientific evidence to support plaintiffs’ claims
  • Played a significant role in the development of the experts, including deposing plaintiffs’ experts in the Vioxx litigation
  • Coordinated the national defense of a recalled surgical product for Pharmacia; performed a similar role for Navistar for claims involving diesel exhaust

Representative Clients

  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • LabCorp
  • Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Altec, Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Vulcan Materials Company




  • J.D. Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law 1978
  • Awarded Faculty Award for highest graduating average
  • B.A. with honors Johns Hopkins University 1975

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • President, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), 2006 - 2007
  • President, Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc., 1988
  • Director, IADC’s Trial Academy, August 2004
  • Dean, IADC’s Corporate Counsel College, 2012
  • Member, Board of Directors, Defense Research Institute , 2005 - 2008
  • Member, Board of Directors, Lawyers for Civil Justice, 2006 - 2007
  • Served as spokesperson for the major civil defense bar associations at the Duke Conference on federal rule changes, May 2010
  • Testified multiple times before the Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee on changes to the discovery and evidence rules


  • Who’s Who Legal
    • Life Sciences and Product Liability Defense, 2012, 2014, 2020
    • Thought Leader Global Elite, Product Liability Defense, 2017 – 2019
    • Most Highly Regarded Individuals, Product Liability Defense, 2012 – 2013
  • LMG Life Sciences, Life Sciences Star, 2019 – 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America
    • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2010 – 2022, 2024
    • Lawyer of the Year, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Baltimore, 2018
    • Lawyer of the Year, 2017 – 2019
  • Benchmark Litigation
    • National Practice Area Star, 2021 – 2022
    • Local Litigation Star, 2020 – 2024
  • Maryland Defense Counsel, John H. Mudd Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018
  • Chambers USA
    • Product Liability & Mass Torts, Nationwide, 2014 – 2021, 2023 – 2024
    • Product Liability: Pharmaceutical, Nationwide, 2014 – 2021, 2023 – 2024
  • Expert Guides
    • Best of the Best USA, 2014
    • Litigation and Product Liability, 2014
  • Super Lawyers
    • Personal Injury Defense: Products, Baltimore, 2013
    • Maryland, 2009 – 2018, 2021 – 2023
  • Legal 500, Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action – Pharmaceuticals, and Medical Devices – Defense, 2012 – 2017, 2019, 2023
  • Lawdragon, 500 Leading Litigators in America, 2022
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, George W. Yancey Memorial Award, 1997 – 1998 (Received twice for the best article published in the IADC’s Defense Counsel Journal)



  • Member, Board of Directors, Cannonball Kids’ Cancer Foundation, 2016 - present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Manna House, 2018 - present
  • Active in the Lawyers for Civil Justice, 1988 - present
  • Past president, First English Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Member, Board of Visitors, The Catholic University of America, 2017 - present
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Roland Park Place