Overview

Christin Jaye Eaton uses strategic insight and translates scientific evidence to shape the defense in drug and medical device product liability cases. She also has represented clients in consumer fraud class actions and environmental liability cases.

Science Counsel

Christin leads teams to develop winning strategies, tailored to the particular legal, regulatory and scientific issues raised in each case. She seeks dismissal strategies designed to resolve litigation early through Daubert challenges and summary judgment, while always keeping an eye to strong positioning for trial. Christin has served as science counsel on matters involving chlorinated solvents, dietary supplements, hormone therapy and orthopedic implants.

Expert Witness Coordination

Christin identifies and selects expert witnesses, works to develop their opinions and integrate them with the case, and presents their testimony. Informed by their insight, she also seeks to dismantle plaintiff expert testimony, leading to its exclusion, limitation or withdrawal.

Christin has worked with experts across many disciplines, including:

  • Biomedical and electrical engineering
  • Cardiology, neurology and oncology
  • Environmental and organic chemistry
  • Epidemiology and statistics
  • Hydrogeology
  • Regulatory
  • Risk assessment 

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Education

University of Michigan Law School
J.D. cum laude (1992)

Duke University
A.B. magna cum laude (1988)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Minnesota Courtroom Evidence Deskbook: Admission of Expert Testimony in Federal Court
    Co-presenter, Evidence Deskbook Webcast Series, Minnesota CLE, April 2015
  • Challenging Expert Evidence in Mass Torts and Class Action Litigation
    Co-presenter, ABA Section of Litigation Roundtable, April 2015
  • Admission of Expert Testimony in Federal Court
    Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, October 2013, with James O'Neal
  • Chapter 17 – Admission of Expert Testimony in Federal Court
    Co-author, Minnesota Courtroom Evidence Deskbook, 2nd Edition 2013, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education
  • Chapter 8 – Expert Evidence in the Eighth Circuit
    Co-author, Scientific Evidence Review, Monograph 9, 2013, American Bar Association

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Christin has represented relatives seeking custody of minor children they are raising, in many unique and compelling circumstances.

Civic Activities

  • Feed My Starving Children — Minnesota Council member, 2015-present
  • Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation — Board member, 2012-14

Honors

  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2013-15
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