Charles E. Joern, Jr.Joern Law Firm700 Commerce DriveSuite 500Oak Brook, Illinois 60523, U.S.A.
Personal Injury, Consumer Product Safety
BioCharles E. Joern, Jr. focuses his practice in the area of consumer product safety laws and product liability litigation. During his more than 30 years in practice he has served as lead trial counsel for a number of Fortune 500 corporations in high value product liability and commercial litigation cases, obtaining favorable results at both the trial and appellate levels. He has represented clients in a wide range of matters, including consumer product safety compliance, product liability litigation, punitive damages, RICO litigation and commercial claims, in jurisdictions across the country. A significant concentration of his work involves counseling clients on the application of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Act. Mr. Joern has assisted major corporations with nationwide product recalls, mandatory reporting matters, risk assessment evaluations, and regulatory compliance matters. He provides counseling and representation before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers of consumer products. Education • DePaul University College of Law (J.D.) (1980) • University of Colorado, Graduate School of Public Affairs (M.U.A.) (1976) • Knox College (B.A.) (1973) Professional Honors & Awards • Chicago Law Bulletin Leading Lawyer • Martindale Hubbell - AV Rated • Selected for Best Lawyers • Who's Who In America Memberships • Chicago Bar Association • Illinois State Bar Association • Defense Research Institute • American Bar Association - International Law Section - Litigation Section • Inter Pacific Bar Association Court Admissions • U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois (including Trial Bar) • U.S. Appeals Court, Seventh Circuit • U.S. Supreme Court Speaking Engagements "Consumer Product Safety Laws Updated- Where are we now?" and "The Consumer Product Database – What matters today", 8th Annual Midwest Product Safety Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 13, 2012 • “Selling Consumer Products into the U.S. and Canada - Navigating a New Course to Safety,” American Bar Association, Section of International Law 2012 Spring Meeting, New York City, New York. April 18, 2012. • “Avoiding a Consumer Product Safety Nightmare,” 9th Annual Western Regional Conference, I.E. Canada- Canadian Association of Importers & Exporters, Calgary, Canada, February 27, 2012. • "Consumer Product Safety – The American Model", Miller Thomson Seminar on Recent Changes to Product Liability Laws, Vancouver, Canada, November 30, 2011 • "Consumer Product Safety - The American Model” The Canadian Institute's Forum on Consumer Product Safety, Liability and Recall, Toronto, Canada May 2, 2011 • "Assessing Risk and Ensuring Compliance With the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act", Lexington Insurance webinar, February 16, 2011 • "Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Update", Holland & Knight CLE webinar, February 9, 2011 • "Assessing Risk And Ensuring Compliance With The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act," Midwest Product Safety & Liability Conference, July 2010 • Federal Civil Practice, Faculty Member, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2008 Published Articles & Books • “Agencies Increase Port Surveillance of Consumer Products” News & Developments, Products Liability, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, June 1, 2012 • “Business on the Border: New U.S. and Canadian Consumer Product Safety Laws” Co-Author, International Law News, American Bar Association, Volume 41, Number 1, Winter 2012 • "CPSIA Amended, Disaster Averted" Expert Analysis, Product Liability Law360, August 5, 2011 • "'Coming soon'- www.saferproducts.gov, the new consumer product complaint database”, Illinois Manufacturers' Association Executive Memo, March 2011 • "CPSC Database May Mean Messy Discovery Battles," Interviewed for article in Product Liability Law360, February 28, 2011 • "Product Liability Regulation to Watch in 2011," Interviewed for article in Product Liability Law360, January 1, 2011 • "CPSC Approves Creation of Publicly Available Consumer Complaint Database: Significant Challenges Likely for Manufacturers and Private Labelers of Consumer Products," Holland & Knight Product Liability, Alert- December 9, 2010 • "Corporate Compliance Answer Book - Consumer Product Safety Act, Chapter 35" Practicing Law Institute, 2010 - 2011 / 2012 • "Pending House Bill Would Require Foreign Manufacturers to Consent to Jurisdiction in U.S. -Courts," Holland & Knight Product Liability, Alert - March 19, 2010 • "CPSC Proposes Changes to Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, Citing Enforceability Problems," Holland & Knight Product Liability, Alert - February 10, 2010 • "Assessing Risk and Ensuring Compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act,” Holland & Knight Product Liability, Newsletter -June 2009 • "Ensuring Compliance with Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act," International Law Office, Product Liability, USA Newsletter, June 4, 2009 • "Consumer Product Rules Affecting Sellers of Used Products," Holland & Knight Product Liability, Alert - January 22, 2009 • "CPSC's Immediately Effective Final Rule," Product Liability Law360 November 18, 2008 • "New Consumer Product Safety Law Greatly Expands Regulation of Products Manufactured or Sold in the United States," Holland & Knight Product Liability, Newsletter - November 2008 • "New Law Expands Consumer Product Safety Regulation" International Law Office, Product Liability, USA Newsletter, November 6, 2008 • "Protecting the Record and Perfecting the Appeal", Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Handbook on Federal Civil Practice, 1988 - 2011