Edwin J. Kilpela, Jr.
Edwin J. Kilpela, Jr., a partner at Carlson Lynch, is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and returned home a few years ago to run a class action practice with his good friend, Ben Sweet. In April of 2014, Ed and Ben joined Carlson Lynch to merge the only two plaintiffs’ class action practices in Pittsburgh into a single firm. Ed is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he received an undergraduate degree in philosophy as well as the New School for Social Research in New York City, where he received a Master’s Degree in philosophy. Ed graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School where he won the Campbell Moot Court competition, receiving awards as the best oral advocate and for having authored the best brief. He lives in Mt. Lebanon, a suburb of Pittsburgh, with his wife Gina and his two sons, Devin and Graham.
Some of Ed’s current litigation includes:
- Representing insurance purchasers across the United States alleging an improper anti-competitive arrangement between Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance providers across the country, resulting in decreased competition and increased premiums for tens of millions of customers across the United States. In Re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, No. 2:13-cv-20000-RDP (N.D. Ala.).
- Representing individual consumers against several manufacturers of glucosamine/chondroitin health regarding the marketing and advertising of those supplements, which made unsupported and medically false claims regarding joint health benefits the supplements do not provide. In two of these matters, Ed serves on the court-appointed Executive Committee, which is steering the litigation on a nationwide basis after consolidation into MDL proceedings in Maryland. In Re GNC Corp. TriFlex Products Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (No. II), No. 1:14-md-02491-JFM (D. Md.); In Re Nutramax Cosamin Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, No. 1:14-md-02498 (D. Md.).
- Representing consumers whose credit cards were improperly charged by Google Play as a result of Google’s failure to ensure that applications directed at children contained adequate protections to ensure that all purchases were authorized by the adult account holder. Imber-Gluck v. Google, Inc., 5:14-cv-01070-RMW (N.D. Cal).
- Representing consumers of Wal-Mart’s Equate (house brand) Migraine headache medication, claiming that Wal-Mart improperly prices and markets that product as superior to other, lesser priced, products that contain identical active ingredients and provide identical relief. Borris et al. v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. et al., No. 13-cv-07090-ABC-FFM (C.D. Cal.).
Before dedicating his practice and career to working on behalf of individuals, Ed litigated and tried complex class-action and mass tort matters at both Williams & Connolly LLP and then, later, at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, two of the finest complex litigation firms in the country. His civil litigation clients have included institutions from the banking, investment, pharmaceutical, telecommunication, insurance, and consumer goods industries.
A representative sample of Ed’s past litigation experience includes the following:
- Served as investigation and trial counsel for large financial institution and its officers and directors in connection with securities class action and ERISA lawsuits stemming from alleged accounting manipulation and corresponding stock losses.
- Served as trial counsel for large multinational pharmaceutical corporation in multiple cases across the country defending against allegations that company failed to adequately warn consumers and prescribing health providers about potential product risks.
- Conducted internal investigation for several large international financial institutions in response to investigations led by the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other federal agencies.
- Represented former U.S. Senator in criminal proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Represented large multinational consumer goods manufacturer in multiple products liability class action matters stemming from claims regarding alleged product defects.
- Served as trial counsel for multi-national company in multi-million dollar litigation.
- Served as trial counsel in numerous multi-million dollar personal injury matters.
For the last six years, Ed has represented James Kulbicki, pro bono, in the appeal of Mr. Kulbicki’s conviction for murder in 1995. That conviction was obtained through the State’s use of false and misleading scientific evidence in violation of Mr. Kulbicki’s due process right to a fair trial. In October 2013, Ed argued Mr. Kulbicki’s case to the Maryland Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state of Maryland. A decision is expected sometime in the second half of 2014. The case is captioned as Kulbicki v. State, September Term 2013, No. 13 (Md. Ct. of Appeals).
Ed has been selected by his peers in 2011, 2012, and 2013 as a Rising Star in SuperLawyers, a distinction given to no more than 2.5% of his peers under the age of 40. When Ed is not practicing law, he enjoys skiing and golfing.
Edwin J. Kilpela, Jr.
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- B.A. The Pennsylvania State University
- M.A. The New School (formerly The New School for Social Research)
- J.D. The University of Michigan Law School