Raymond B. Biagini
A distinguished counselor and litigator, Raymond B. Biagini is a leader of the Product Liability defense practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge. He has risen to national prominence in a number of high profile tort cases, defending commercial and government contractors in the Exxon Valdez litigation; the Cell Phone Radiation Hazards lawsuits; the "Fen-Phen" litigation; the nationwide Repetitive Stress Injury suits; claims arising out of "friendly fire" accidents during Operation Desert Storm; and "war crimes" allegations filed against manufacturers of military weapons systems sold to Israel. Mr. Biagini is also widely recognized for his expertise in defending “contractors on the battlefield” in tort litigation, and has established ground-breaking legal principles at the federal appellate level which immunize defense contractors from tort liability arising out of combatant scenarios.
Mr. Biagini also has an extensive product liability prevention practice, counseling companies on mechanisms for reducing their tort exposure for products/services sold to government and commercial entities. He is significantly involved in providing such counseling to companies selling "homeland security" products and services, such as chemical/biological detection devices; perimeter security systems; biometric identity products; and airport security systems. Mr. Biagini conceptualized and authored key provisions of the SAFETY Act, a new federal statute that is part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. The SAFETY Act protects companies from tort lawsuits arising out of the sale of homeland security products and services.
In addition to his role as a litigator, Mr. Biagini was a past member of the Firm's Board of Directors and previously served as the Co-Vice Chairman of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP from 2002-2003. He was responsible for implementing MLA's long range growth and positioning strategy in the marketplace. Prior to the merger, Mr. Biagini held several leadership positions at McKenna & Cuneo including that of Vice Chairman and a member of the Management Committee.
Chambers USA has again recognized Mr. Biagini as a leading government contracts lawyer for 2014. In 2007, The Washington Business Journal named Biagini a Finalist in its "Top Washington Lawyers" in Government Contracts. Mr. Biagini also actively participates in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Cybersecurity Working Group.
Mr. Biagini has represented some of the world's largest aerospace, defense and pharmaceutical companies including Kellogg Brown & Root, Lockheed Martin, BAE SYSTEMS, Boeing, Textron, SAIC, Teledyne, Eon Labs, Unisys and Philips Electronics.
- Kellogg Brown & Root: Serve as National Counsel for KBR’s “Contractor on the Battlefield” tort suits arising out of Operation Iraqi Freedom and KBR’s contracts with the Department of Defense to provide logistical support for the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Lockheed Martin, Teledyne, SAIC, Unisys, BAE SYSTEMS: Provide product liability prevention counseling relating to the launch of "anti-terror" products/services to the government and commercial markets.
- Philips Electronics North America: Serve as national coordinating counsel for all cases regarding cell phone suits which allege that plaintiffs suffered biological injury, including brain cancer, from the radio frequency radiation emitted from cell phones.
- Hughes Aircraft: Defended missile manufacturer against wrongful death allegations arising out of an explosion in the first "friendly fire" lawsuit emerging out of Desert Storm.
- Unisys. Represented company in environmental insurance claims which exceeded more than $100 million in environmental remediations costs from its former insurers. Also, represented company in mass tort repetitive stress injury cases. Finally, defended the company as the manufacturer of the steering system in a multi-billion dollar oil spill suit on the Exxon Valdez.
- Eon Labs Manufacturing, Inc. Serve as national coordinating counsel for this manufacturer of diet drugs in the mass tort "fen/phen" litigation involving more than 6,000 cases. Representation includes national coordination of expert and scientific discovery in federal multi-district litigation and 46 states.
- General Dynamics, Raytheon, Johns Hopkins APL, Unisys, FMC. Defended these military contractors in a multiple party arrangement in lawsuits arising out of the USS Stark incident in the Persian Gulf where 46 Navy sailors were killed after an attack by Iraqi fighter aircraft and the USS Vincennes shootdown of the Iranian Airbus in the Persian Gulf, killing 290 Iranian civilians.
- Teledyne. Defended this company in a wrongful death action in federal court in Puerto Rico arising out of an explosion that occurred during a refueling of a Navy drone aircraft.
- Lockheed Martin: Successfully resolved wrongful death/federal court lawsuit involving crash of F-22 fighter aircraft during training exercise in Alaska.
- J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 1979
- B.A., University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1976
- District of Columbia
- Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
- Supreme Court of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- 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. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- "Unmanned Aircraft Opportunities and Risks," LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy, December 2014
Seminars and Presentations:
- Mr. Biagini is a frequent public speaker on risk mitigation techniques and has presented to the following organizations.
- AAAE/IAAE International Airport Technology Conference & Trade Show
- U.S. Maritime Security Expo
- Railway Security Forum Expo
- Radio Frequency Identification World Int’l Congress
- American Association of Port Authorities
- Corporate Governance Of Nuclear Security Roundtable
- Airport Council International
- Aerospace Industry Association
- Electronics Industry Association
- Navy Aviation Engineering Board
- International System Safety Conference
- Navy Weapon System Explosive Safety Review Board
- Naval Sea Systems Command
- Naval Surface Warfare Center
- Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International