Pete Goss is a nationally recognized defender of product manufacturers in product liability and other high-exposure cases. He serves as trial counsel and science counsel in multidistrict litigations and class actions involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices and environmental issues. Known for his straightforward approach to conveying scientific and medical concepts to judges and juries, Pete has contributed to key rulings for life science companies, food and agribusiness producers, and makers of consumer products and specialized equipment. He frequently advises clients on compliance matters outside of litigation.

Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation

For more than two decades, Pete has represented leading manufacturers in:

  • Medical mass tort litigation
  • Consumer class actions
  • Catastrophic personal injury cases 

Pete collaborates with clients to explain the science behind their products and develop compelling narratives. Over the course of his product liability litigation practice, he has developed strong relationships with influential physicians, scientists and academic researchers who serve as expert witnesses on behalf of the clients he represents.

Toxic Tort Litigation

Pete has also defended global companies in:

  • Environmental class actions
  • Toxic tort litigation
  • Asbestos litigation

He has handled cases involving alleged groundwater contamination and vapor intrusion, airborne drift from municipal waste sites, and blood disorders associated with benzene.


In addition to his work in litigation, Pete manages consultants in cybersecurity audits of connected products.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota




University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
J.D. California Law Review (senior notes and comments editor) (1996)

University of California, Berkeley
M.A. (1995)

University of California, Berkeley
B.A. with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa (1991)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Drug and Med Cross-Examination 101
    ACI 23rd Annual Conference on Drug & Medical Device Litigation, New York, 2018
  • Working With the White Hats: Maintaining Privilege with Cybersecurity Consultants
    Minnesota State Bar Association Food, Drug and Device Section, 2018
  • 8 Keys for Working with Experts
    Minnesota CLE, 2018
  • Hot Trends in Products Liability
    NAMWOLF Business Meeting, San Diego, 2018
  • Cybersecurity and Medical Devices
    Minnesota State Bar Association Food, Drug and Device Section, 2016
  • A Checklist Approach to Expert Witnesses
    Minnesota CLE, 2015

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Evictions and landlord-tenant disputes
  • Housing Court Project
  • Legal Access Point Clinic

Professional Associations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Food, Drug and Device Council

Civic Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network — Board of Directors, 2008-present (Chair, 2011-12); Benefactors Board (Co-Chair, 2016-present)


  • Best Lawyers in America — Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, 2015-20; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2015-20; Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2018, 2020.
  • LMG Life Sciences — Life Sciences Star
  • Benchmark Litigation — Minnesota Litigation Star
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2014-present
  • CorporateLiveWire — Excellence in Liability Litigation Law Services
  • The Legal 500 — Leading Lawyers for Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — John. C. Benson Award for Pro Bono Service, 2010
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network — Volunteer of the Year, 2009
  • Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing, 2001
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