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Richard L. Campbell Partner

Boston, MA | Direct 617.748.5219Fax 617.748.5238
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Rich Campbell represents national and international corporations in high-stakes complex litigation. His experience includes complex commercial, class action, toxic tort, product liability and employment litigation. Rich has served as counsel and close adviser to clients in heavy equipment, aviation, arms and automotive manufacturing.

Rich has defended a diverse range of products in product liability litigation including construction equipment, heavy truck engines, friction products, industrial machinery and power generators. Rich has also defended toxic tort cases involving asbestos, PCBs and other industrial chemicals in the automotive, heavy truck and cement products industries.

Previous to his career in law, Rich worked in management consulting for companies including Accenture and Oracle. He led cross-functional teams in planning, executing and managing enterprise-wide initiatives. Rich's experience gives him insight into the business objectives of his clients and shapes his representation of them.

Representative Matters

  • Represented retailer in 15-day wrongful-death jury trial to verdict in Hampden Superior Court. Estate of decedent who was killed by out of control vehicle sued client for failure to provide protective barriers between parking spaces and pedestrian walkways at site

  • Represented heavy equipment manufacturer in a product liability jury trial to a defense verdict in U.S District Court in Boston. Client manufactured an excavator that plaintiff alleged had a blind spot, which caused an accident where the plaintiff lost a leg

  • Defeated effort to certify a $4 billion class of all Massachusetts school districts having buildings with elevated airborne PCB levels. Case subsequently dismissed on summary judgment after three years of extensive litigation in federal court in Boston
  • Defeated certification of a class of inmates at the Worcester County Jail who had been shot by correctional officers with client’s “less-than-lethal” crowd control weapon. The case was subsequently dismissed by plaintiffs on the eve of trial
  • Defeated certification of a world-wide class of marine engine owners in a $50 million breach-of-warranty class action. The case was subsequently dismissed by the federal court in Michigan and costs assessed against the named plaintiff
  • Secured dismissal in front of The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts of all counts brought against an electric car manufacturer by the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association's (MSADA) in bid to prohibit direct sales of Tesla motor vehicles to consumers in Massachusetts

Recognition & Involvement

Rich speaks across Massachusetts to parents and high schools students about social host laws and received the 2013 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Excellence in Pro Bono Award for his efforts.

Rich has been named to the "Best Lawyers in America" list for Product Liability Litigation Defense each year since 2016. He has been named, by a survey of his peers, as a Massachusetts "Super Lawyer" in 2013-2017 and a "Rising Star" in 2012.

Bar and Court Admissions



Rhode Island

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut


Boston College Law School, JD, 2005

Vanderbilt University, BS, 1993


Product Liability Advisory Council, Sustaining Member

ABA-TIPS Standing Committee on the National Trial Academy, Vice-Chair

ABA-TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy, Faculty Member

Governance Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association

International Association of Defense Counsel

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