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Practice areas:

Dispute resolution
Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA)
Product liability and recall

Maja C. Eaton is a member of Sidley’s Executive Committee and a global leader for the Products Liability and Mass Torts practice. She has defended and tried a wide variety of products liability cases, ranging from the defense of toxic tort litigation to cases and mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices.

Maja’s background in the sciences lends itself well to this practice area, and she has substantial experience in the development of trial themes, expert witnesses and company defenses involving a variety of scientific and medical disciplines.

Maja has served as national coordinating counsel and member of the national trial team for a major client in asbestos litigation, and in 2005 secured a defense verdict for the client in a significant asbestos case tried in Madison County, Illinois. She currently serves as trial counsel to a client in cases in the MDL and state court litigation involving gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents, and as national counsel to a medical device manufacturer in litigation involving cardiac leads. Maja has also successfully defended trial court level victories in both state and federal appellate courts. She has delivered a number of presentations at national and international law conferences on topics relating to the defense of drug and medical device claims, including challenging the use of circumstantial proof of defect in medical device cases, proof of general versus specific causation in toxic exposure and drug cases and a primer on U.S. product liability law for foreign in-house counsel. Maja has also taught products liability law as an adjunct professor of law at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Maja is also firmwide co-chair of the Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women. She is committed to addressing issues regarding the advancement of women in the legal profession. Maja also serves on the firm’s Recruiting Committee, Pro Bono Committee and Professional Risk Management Committee. She also co-chaired Sidley’s mentoring program for several years. Maja is currently co-president of the board of directors of the Legal Assistance Foundation and a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Bar Foundation.

Last updated August 2019