Demetrios C. "Jim" Batsides

Overview

DEMETRIOS C. ("JIM") BATSIDES is a seasoned trial attorney and litigator with a practice focusing on products liability and complex litigation.  He has represented life sciences companies, healthcare providers, clinical and genetics laboratories, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as business entities, product manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.  He has successfully represented such clients in trials and appeals in state and federal courts in various jurisdictions.

Mr. Batsides has extensive experience in cases involving complex medical liability and causation issues and has represented clients in a wide variety of cases involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death and significant economic damages. He also routinely counsels healthcare clients and product manufacturers on risk management best practices and regulatory compliance issues. He served as regional trial and defense counsel for a major international clinical laboratory and was a member of its national Pap smear and HPV testing litigation team.

Mr. Batsides has also represented clients in significant commercial disputes involving breach of contract claims.

Mr. Batsides was past President and Chairman of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey ("TANJ"), a non-partisan, statewide organization of plaintiff and defense attorneys from the civil and criminal bars, which provides legal education, leadership and advocacy on issues affecting the trial bar and the public interest. He is also an appointed member of the Medical Malpractice Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, as well as an active member of numerous local and national legal professional organizations.

Mr. Batsides is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from Villanova University. He is fluent in Greek.

  • Represented a major international life sciences company in a significant commercial litigation matter as well as a related matter in connection with a U.S. Army potential debarment proceeding.
  • Defended well over 150 clinical and genetics laboratory malpractice cases, many involving significant damages claims for wrongful death, wrongful birth and failure to diagnose cancer.  These matters have encompassed virtually every area of clinical and genetics laboratory practice, including cytopathology (Pap smears), anatomic pathology (tissue biopsies), dermatopathology (skin cancers), prenatal genetic screening (wrongful birth), HIV/hepatitis testing, life threatening and critical value testing, forensic toxicology, (drug screening), paternity testing and phlebotomy.
  • Successfully argued an appeal in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed early dismissal of plaintiff's federal discrimination and negligence claims relating to a positive drug screening result.
  • Successfully argued an appeal in the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, which affirmed early dismissal of plaintiff's negligence claims relating to a mandatory drug screening result.
  • Successfully argued an appeal in the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, affirming the dismissal of plaintiff's negligence claims, based on insufficient expert proofs, relating to a positive drug screening result.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after a month-long trial in a case involving claims of severe bacterial infection resulting in permanent and debilitating orthopedic injuries.
  • Obtained a defense verdict at trial in a case involving claims of negligent forensic toxicology testing in the workplace resulting in significant economic losses.
  • Obtained a settlement that the client found favorable at the conclusion of a lengthy trial on behalf of a clinical laboratory and a pathologist in a case involving Pap smear interpretation involving claims of loss of fertility and decreased life expectancy from cervical cancer.
  • Obtained early dismissal by motion in a federal court case involving civil rights claims stemming from a negligently derived paternity identity testing result.
  • Represented a major international technology and manufacturing company in a toxic exposure case, involving claims of severe orthopedic and neurological impairment.
  • Defended a major national chemical company in a premises liability and product liability matter, involving claims of significant orthopedic injuries and permanent disability.
  • Represented numerous physicians as personal counsel in medical malpractice matters where potential settlement and verdict exposure exceeded professional liability insurance limits.
  • Represented physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers in dozens of malpractice and professional negligence cases, involving a variety of medical specialties including orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, oncology, anesthesiology, radiology, pediatrics, cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine, nursing, chiropractic and podiatry.
  • Represented a major drug manufacturer in numerous matters involving product defect and inadequate labeling claims, relating to dermatological, ophthalmological and anti-malarial agents.
  • Mr. Batsides has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by his peers in the State of New Jersey from 2007 through 2021 in the areas of medical malpractice and civil litigation defense. A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found HERE (No aspect of the advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court). Only 5 percent of the total lawyers in the state are awarded this designation.

Overview

DEMETRIOS C. ("JIM") BATSIDES is a seasoned trial attorney and litigator with a practice focusing on products liability and complex litigation.  He has represented life sciences companies, healthcare providers, clinical and genetics laboratories, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as business entities, product manufacturers, distributors, and retailers.  He has successfully represented such clients in trials and appeals in state and federal courts in various jurisdictions.

Mr. Batsides has extensive experience in cases involving complex medical liability and causation issues and has represented clients in a wide variety of cases involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death and significant economic damages. He also routinely counsels healthcare clients and product manufacturers on risk management best practices and regulatory compliance issues. He served as regional trial and defense counsel for a major international clinical laboratory and was a member of its national Pap smear and HPV testing litigation team.

Mr. Batsides has also represented clients in significant commercial disputes involving breach of contract claims.

Mr. Batsides was past President and Chairman of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey ("TANJ"), a non-partisan, statewide organization of plaintiff and defense attorneys from the civil and criminal bars, which provides legal education, leadership and advocacy on issues affecting the trial bar and the public interest. He is also an appointed member of the Medical Malpractice Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, as well as an active member of numerous local and national legal professional organizations.

Mr. Batsides is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from Villanova University. He is fluent in Greek.

  • Represented a major international life sciences company in a significant commercial litigation matter as well as a related matter in connection with a U.S. Army potential debarment proceeding.
  • Defended well over 150 clinical and genetics laboratory malpractice cases, many involving significant damages claims for wrongful death, wrongful birth and failure to diagnose cancer.  These matters have encompassed virtually every area of clinical and genetics laboratory practice, including cytopathology (Pap smears), anatomic pathology (tissue biopsies), dermatopathology (skin cancers), prenatal genetic screening (wrongful birth), HIV/hepatitis testing, life threatening and critical value testing, forensic toxicology, (drug screening), paternity testing and phlebotomy.
  • Successfully argued an appeal in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed early dismissal of plaintiff's federal discrimination and negligence claims relating to a positive drug screening result.
  • Successfully argued an appeal in the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, which affirmed early dismissal of plaintiff's negligence claims relating to a mandatory drug screening result.
  • Successfully argued an appeal in the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, affirming the dismissal of plaintiff's negligence claims, based on insufficient expert proofs, relating to a positive drug screening result.
  • Obtained a defense verdict after a month-long trial in a case involving claims of severe bacterial infection resulting in permanent and debilitating orthopedic injuries.
  • Obtained a defense verdict at trial in a case involving claims of negligent forensic toxicology testing in the workplace resulting in significant economic losses.
  • Obtained a settlement that the client found favorable at the conclusion of a lengthy trial on behalf of a clinical laboratory and a pathologist in a case involving Pap smear interpretation involving claims of loss of fertility and decreased life expectancy from cervical cancer.
  • Obtained early dismissal by motion in a federal court case involving civil rights claims stemming from a negligently derived paternity identity testing result.
  • Represented a major international technology and manufacturing company in a toxic exposure case, involving claims of severe orthopedic and neurological impairment.
  • Defended a major national chemical company in a premises liability and product liability matter, involving claims of significant orthopedic injuries and permanent disability.
  • Represented numerous physicians as personal counsel in medical malpractice matters where potential settlement and verdict exposure exceeded professional liability insurance limits.
  • Represented physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers in dozens of malpractice and professional negligence cases, involving a variety of medical specialties including orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, oncology, anesthesiology, radiology, pediatrics, cardiology, dermatology, internal medicine, nursing, chiropractic and podiatry.
  • Represented a major drug manufacturer in numerous matters involving product defect and inadequate labeling claims, relating to dermatological, ophthalmological and anti-malarial agents.
  • Mr. Batsides has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by his peers in the State of New Jersey from 2007 through 2021 in the areas of medical malpractice and civil litigation defense. A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolade is based can be found HERE (No aspect of the advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court). Only 5 percent of the total lawyers in the state are awarded this designation.

Education

Rutgers U. School of Law - Newark (J.D. 1985)
Villanova University (B.A. 1982)

Admissions

District of Columbia
State of New Jersey
State of New York
Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, EDNY
U.S. District Court, NDNY
U.S. District Court, SDNY
U.S. District Court, WDNY

Memberships

American Bar Association
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
Defense Research Institute
District of Columbia Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
New York County Lawyers Association
New York State Bar Association
Trial Attorneys of New Jersey