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Talc baby powder was as ubiquitous as water. It was sold everywhere — marketed as safe, pure, and healthy for infants. And everyone used it, or knew someone that did. But the whole time, the manufacturers were lying, covering up what they knew. Selling it to millions of unsuspecting consumers. I can’t really think of anything more evil. That’s why I’m here — to help our clients who suffered grievous personal injury due to this evil.
Joshua E. McMahon’s journey to Weitz & Luxenberg happened in a roundabout way. But he couldn’t be happier to be here. He has joined our team of highly experienced and tenacious asbestos litigators working on cases for clients made sick by asbestos-contaminated talcum powder.
“I’m thrilled to be given this opportunity to work for Weitz & Luxenberg,” Mr. McMahon says. “Their prestigious reputation is well-earned and hard-fought,” he adds. “Weitz & Luxenberg is known across the country as one of the leading plaintiffs’ personal injury firms, particularly for their expertise in handling asbestos exposure litigation.”
Drawn to trial work, Mr. McMahon has welcomed a variety of opportunities to do just that. Learning more and more about his craft along the way, he has worked for both the public and private sector. He has also worked on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants, and handled cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, and negligence.
He believes these experiences give him a unique vantage point in helping clients harmed by exposure to talcum powder contaminated with asbestos. He can see cases from both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s perspective. Strategically, Mr. McMahon knows this gives his W&L clients an edge.
“When it comes to asbestos-contaminated talcum powder, the companies we came to trust lied to all of us. In the most egregious way possible,” Mr. McMahon says. “For years, millions of us put our trust in Johnson & Johnson. In fact, their name was synonymous with being trustworthy, safe, and reliable.
“Now we know they concealed the truth for years. They knew their baby powder could be contaminated with asbestos, but it didn’t stop them from marketing and selling it. They covered up what they knew for decades. All because their baby powder was a big money maker,” Mr. McMahon explains. “They put profit over people’s lives.”
“What Johnson & Johnson did makes me angry. They wanted people to keep using their product, so they told them it was safe,” Mr. McMahon declares. “They were able to get away with that deception for years because mesothelioma takes so long to present.
“It only takes one fiber. And once you have the disease, it’s next to impossible to undo the damage. It’s a death sentence,” Mr. McMahon continues. “I want to do everything legally possible to hold Johnson & Johnson — and other companies selling talcum powder contaminated with asbestos — accountable. They need to own up to what they’ve done.”
Immediately before joining W&L, Mr. McMahon served as assistant attorney general for the Office of the New York State Attorney General in its Litigation Bureau in Albany. For nearly six years, he represented the employees, officers, and agencies of the state.
Mr. McMahon was responsible for handling a variety of legal matters. They ranged from employment discrimination claims and appeals in state court, to constitutional due process and equal protection challenges and claims made under the Americans with Disabilities Act in federal court. In total, he has managed hundreds of civil cases through all stages of the litigation process.
Previously, Mr. McMahon served as senior attorney at the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities in Albany. He handled litigation involving employment matters, Article 78 special proceedings, and federal discrimination cases.
For the preceding four to five years, Mr. McMahon served as an associate attorney at a law firm handling international, multimillion-dollar corporate clients in both federal and state courts. He also managed litigation involving medical malpractice, negligence, and personal injury.
Prior to that, Mr. McMahon clerked for the Appellate Division, Third Judicial Department.
Mr. McMahon is licensed to practice law in New York State Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. He earned his J.D. from Albany Law School and his B.A. from Binghamton University in Vestal, New York.
Outside the office, Mr. McMahon enjoys singing, reading fiction, and boxing. He also loves exploring his new neighborhood, trying different restaurants, and watching the Giants and the Yankees play.
Singing has been an important part of his life. In fact, he credits his confidence speaking in front of a courtroom to the many performances he gave singing a cappella during college. His group, the Binghamton Crosbys, proved unbeatable in 2003 and won the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.
Joshua E. McMahon will be happy to review your case.