Ralph A. Campillo

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  • University of Southern California (BS, magna cum laude)
  • University of California - Davis (JD)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California


  • Spanish

Ralph is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with more than 35 years of experience defending Fortune 500 companies. He has an unparalleled track record of success in high-profile cases involving product liability, mass torts, class actions, and other complex litigation matters. He also has considerable experience handling commercial matters.

Ralph has defended prominent pharmaceutical and medical device companies and other top-tier enterprises in bet-the-company litigation, often managing their national dockets and serving them as lead trial counsel and as national or regional coordinating counsel. His experience includes multiple lead roles in federal multidistrict litigations and statewide coordinated proceedings. Ralph has tried dozens of cases to verdict throughout the California courts and in many other jurisdictions. He has had direct and considerable litigation experience in most states.

He has considerable experience in most areas of tort law and has successfully tried cases on behalf of many leading life sciences, biotech, and medical device companies. He has also serviced clients in general commercial matters, contractual disputes, intellectual property litigation, and business transactions as well as in litigation prevention, mitigation, and risk assessments.

Ralph’s success has resulted in multiple honors, including recognition as “one of the most respected product liability defenders around” in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. Many of the appellate efforts that he has directed have led to landmark opinions, such as Brown v. Superior Court (1988), Murphy v. E. R. Squibb (1985), Deitchman v. Lilly (1989), Enright v. Eli Lilly (1991), Hall v. Baxter (1996) and Rodriguez v. Stryker (2012).

He is a sought-after speaker and presenter and has lectured nationally on trial techniques, discovery strategies, protective orders, and other cutting-edge issues in pharmaceutical and medical device law.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Los Angeles Business Journal: Most Influential Minority Attorneys in Los Angeles (2018)
  • Benchmark Litigation 2018: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Benchmark Litigation 2018: National Litigation Star
  • LMG Life Sciences: Product Liability Star (2016)
  • LMG Life Sciences: Life Science Star (2012)
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America (2015 – 2017)
  • International Who’s Who of Product Liability and Business Lawyers
  • Daily Journal: Top 100 California Lawyers (2006 – 2007)
  • Included on the Southern California Super Lawyers: Class Action/Mass Tort list (2004 – 2005, 2014 – 2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Product Liability Litigation (2007 – 2018)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Southern California Defense Counsel