Ed Abbot is the Partner in Charge of the New York office of Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP. Ed is a trial lawyer and litigator who concentrates his practice on a wide range of product liability, general commercial, and mass liability toxic tort litigation. He has experience representing corporations involved in asbestos and talc litigation, as well as toxic tort litigation, premises liability, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and other complex cases in multiple jurisdictions.


Ed represents clients in federal and state courts. He is national coordinating and trial counsel to several defendants in toxic tort litigation and has diverse experience in representing defendants in other matters, including lead, construction equipment, contract, restaurant litigation, real estate, aviation, industrial machinery, business torts, and commercial disputes. He frequently lectures on issues involving toxic tort litigation, asbestos, talc, and complex multi-party case management.


Professional Affiliations

  • New York State Bar Association

  • New Jersey State Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

  • Defense Research Institute


 J.D., Fordham University School of Law (1985)

  • Fordham Urban Law Journal

George Washington University (1980)

  • B.A., with honors, History 

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey

  • New York

  • Pennsylvania

  • Massachusetts 


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

  • Supreme Court of the United States


Lecturer, “Current Status of the Talc Litigation,” Perrin Conferences (November 9, 2016)


Lecturer, “You Talc-ing to Me?” - Current Status of the Talc Litigation and the Defense Strategy, Cardno-ChemRisk Presentation (November 9, 2016)


Lecturer, “Talc – The New Asbestos?” and Moderator, “Jurisdictional Roundup,” Sherwin Williams Company All Counsel Meeting, September 14-16, 2016


Lecturer, "Talc and Ovarian Cancer: State of the Science and Litigation, "Perrin Conference (2016)


Lecturer, "The History and Current State of Cosmetic Talc Litigation, "Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Committee, American Bar Association (2016)


Asbestos Defense Strategy Summit, Perrin Conferences (2012)


Moderator, “Talc Contamination and Alternative Exposures: Not Always What it Seems,” Asbestos Medicine Seminar, DRI (2012)


Moderator, "Asbestos 101 - State of the Art and Industrial Hygienist Expert Cross-Examination Techniques,” Asbestos Medicine Seminar, Defense Research Institute (2010)


"Inside the Deliberation Room: Influencing Juries in 2010," Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation, Perrin Conferences (2010)


Moderator, "How Jurors and the Bench will View Defendant Corporations in 2010," Corporate Counsel Roundtable, Defense Research Institute (2010)


Asbestos Defense Strategic Summit, Perrin Conferences (2009)


"Ocean's 11 Redux: The Eleven Essential Parts of Constructing and Ensuring a Coordinated Defense," Asbestos Medicine Seminar, Defense Research Institute (2008)


"What Does the Future Hold for Asbestos Litigation?," Asbestos Litigation Conference, Andrews Publications (2007)


"National Counsel Coordinators - Working with Local Counsel and Keeping Everyone Out of Hot Water,"  Asbestos Litigation Conference,  Andrews Publications (2004)


"Alternative Causes of Mesothelioma - The Role of SV-40, the Polio Vaccine," Asbestos Litigation Conference, Andrews Publications (2001)


"The Ever Changing Role of the Peripheral Defendant," Asbestos Litigation Conference, Andrews Publications (1999)


"Managing Asbestos Litigation - A National Coordinator's Perspective," Asbestos Litigation Conference, Andrews Publications (1998)


Articles and publications


  • Pharmacists' Liability for Failure to Warn After OBRA 90

  • Young Lawyers Newsletter September 2016

  • “A New Frontier?  Talcum Powder Litigation in the United States,” International Bar Association, Vol. 22, No. 2 (September 2016)


Trials & Litigation Experience

  • National coordinating defense and trial counsel in the mass toxic tort personal injury and property damage litigation in 40+ jurisdictions

  • Liaison and local counsel for Fortune 500, self-insured and privately owned companies

  • Represented numerous corporate representatives at deposition

  • Consult regularly with experts in all toxic tort/asbestos areas (pathologists, epidemiologists, radiologists, pulmonologists, oncologists, industrial hygienists, toxicologists, truck and automobile, railroad, naval, and aviation industry experts)

  • Selected over 15 juries in state court

  • Second chair trial attorney in Federal and State cases nationwide

  • Numerous oral arguments in State and Federal courts in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia; admitted pro hac nationwide for oral arguments/motion practice

  • Attend mediations and arbitrations for asbestos and non-asbestos clients

  • Regularly lectures on asbestos and talc, litigation and case management coordination



  • Master of Ceremonies and Co-Chairman of the 13th Annual Award Dinner of the University of Scranton’s President’s Business Council honoring Ralph J. DiRuggiero, Senior Vice President for Property Management at Paramount Group Inc.; Pierre Hotel, New York, New York; October 9, 2014;