Julia M. Rafferty

Julia Rafferty


Julia Rafferty is a member of Stradley Ronon’s litigation, life sciences, products liability & mass tort defense, insurance coverage advisory & litigation, and emerging companies & venture capital funds practice groups. Julia represents national and international companies and has significant experience in representing life sciences companies in products liability cases.

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Representative Matters

  • represented a medical device manufacturer in a case in which the court applied the doctrine of “unavoidably unsafe” products under comment k to section 402A of Restatement (Second) Torts to a medical device for the first time in Pennsylvania state court cases
  • successfully defended against various claims involving medical causation and product identification issues
  • assisted in counseling clients with FDA regulatory due diligence review
  • assisted in counseling emerging growth companies in the areas of business plan review and evaluation, formation of strategic alliances and raising capital
  • successfully defended against various property and general liability claims involving insurance coverage issues
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Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • New Jersey Supreme Court
  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law
  • B.S., Boston College

  • Board Development Committee, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Board
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Board of Directors, SpeakUp!
  • Board of Trustees, Gesu School
  • Chair, Corporate Council, Kimmel Center
  • Digital Health Advisory Board, Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT)

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Delivering Quality Health Care Today – Challenges, Opportunities and the Law,” Villanova University School of Law’s Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum
  • Moderator, “Digital Health: the Big Guy’s Perspective,” Greater Philadelphia Alliance for Capital & Technologies’ Digital Health Event


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  • The Legal Intelligencer, “Lawyers on the Fast Track”
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, “Rising Star”
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In The Community

Julia is active in the community and serves as a trustee of The Gesu School in Philadelphia and is a founding member of the Friends of Gesu School.

She serves as secretary of the board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, and also on the board development committee. Julia has served on GSEP’s “Take the Lead” for Philadelphia Committee since 2008.

In addition, Julia is Chair of the Kimmel Center Corporate Council and serves on the board of SpeakUp!
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