Manufacturing Law


Our manufacturing lawyers represent manufacturers and distributors both nationally and internationally. Our clients range from Fortune 50 companies to privately held and/or family-owned companies that sell both business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) products and services. We understand that many manufacturers operate within complex supply chains. For that reason, we have experience dealing with situations in which our clients have all, some, or no leverage in business dealings. We also have significant experience within subindustries of manufacturing, including aerospace, medical device, chemicals, building materials, industrial manufacturers, food and beverage (including nutritional supplements), and technology. Our goal is to provide our clients with new capabilities through experience and innovation.


In May 2019, Robinson+Cole was presented with the President’s “E” Award for Export Service by the United States Secretary of Commerce. The “E” Award for Export Service was established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 and is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. Robinson+Cole was the only law firm in the country to receive the honor in 2019. 

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R+C manufacturing lawyers have earned our reputation as innovative and valuable counselors who know manufacturing. Our lawyers are on the forefront of tackling cutting edge issues facing the industry, as demonstrated by the following series of “firsts” by our team:


Manufacturing Law Blog

Launched in 2013, the Manufacturing Law Blog is a trendsetter in the industry. The Blog was one of the first in the country to address legal issues facing manufacturers and distributors and is written by experienced lawyers covering issues concerning environmental, health, and safety / OSHA, labor and employment, and corporate compliance and litigation. The Blog is at the top of Google Analytics and has received thousands of visits since its launch. Click here to subscribe.



In 2016, Robinson+Cole created the Manufacturing Law Group (MLG), a forum for in-house lawyers at manufacturing companies that operate worldwide to network, hear and give presentations on substantive legal topics of interest, and share best practices. From its inception, the MLG has grown to nearly 40 companies and 85 in-house lawyers. For more information, please contact Jeff White.


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Our manufacturing lawyers routinely host executive dinner roundtables for C-suite manufacturing executives of privately held manufacturers. These gatherings take place throughout the year and focus on manufacturing law and business issues specific to privately held manufacturers. For more information, please contact Jeff White




    • News
      • January 10, 2020

        Robinson+Cole Elects New Partner and Counsel

      • November 7, 2019

        Jeff White Recognized for Innovative Leadership of Manufacturing Industry Team

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      • July 9, 2019

        Jeff White Speaks on Manufacturing and Exporting in Hartford Business Journal Interview

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      • June 27, 2019

        Jeff White Quoted in Indiana Lawyer Article on the Use of New Technology in Manufacturing Plants

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      • May 23, 2019

        Robinson+Cole Receives Presidential Award for Export Service

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      • May 1, 2019

        Robinson+Cole Hosts Aerospace and Defense Industrial Buying Trends Meeting

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      • March 28, 2019

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors World Affairs Council Event

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      • March 18, 2019

        Jeff White Participates in Manufacturing Roundtable Hosted at the White House

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      • February 25, 2019

        Jeff White Guest Lectures for Global Compliance Course at UConn School of Business

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      • December 17, 2018

        Robinson+Cole Promotes Nine Lawyers to Counsel

      • November 2, 2018

        Eric Daniels Moderates Panel Discussion During Made in Connecticut: 2018 Manufacturing Summit

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      • October 9, 2018

        Jeff White Participates in CERC Podcast on Setting up a Successful Manufacturing Operation in Connecticut

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      • August 22, 2018

        Jeff White Quoted in Hartford Business Journal Article on Metal Tariffs

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      • July 11, 2018

        Ed Heath, Virginia McGarrity, and Joanne Rapuano Present During MLG Roundtable Discussion

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      • March 28, 2018

        Joanne Rapuano Moderates Seminar as Part of Connecticut Export Week 2018

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      • February 21, 2018

        Jeff White Authors Article Published in the Hartford Business Journal

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      • November 6, 2017

        Jeff White Moderates Panel Discussion at CBIA 2017 Manufacturing Summit

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      • September 28, 2017

        Kathleen Porter Speaks on IoT Regulation from Manufacturer's Perspective at SCG Annual Meeting

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      • September 25, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Hosts Market Briefing on Export Opportunities in Indonesia

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      • September 14, 2017

        Diana Neeves Tackles "Take-Home" Toxins in Article

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      • August 29, 2017

        Joanne Rapuano Presents to ACM Business Development Team

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      • August 28, 2017

        Business Transactions Group Involved in Investment Transaction with Connecticut Specialty Chemical Supplier

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      • June 7, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors Panel Discussion on Cybersecurity for Medical Devices

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      • April 26, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Expands Litigation and Manufacturing Practices

      • January 17, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Participate in NBI Manufacturing Law Webinar

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      • November 7, 2016

        Jeff White Participates in CBIA Manufacturing Summit and Conflict Minerals Laws Webinar

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      • October 6, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Sponsors World Affairs Council Luncheon Discussion on Brexit

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      • September 15, 2016

        Jeff White Presents at ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting Regarding Manufacturing Issues

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      • June 17, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Litigation Lawyers Participate in CBIA Manufacturing Summit

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      • May 9, 2014

        Jeff White Presents on 'All Natural' Designation: Trends, Court Rulings, and Litigation

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      • November 12, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Lawyers Promote Manufacturing Blog at SBANE's Prospectus 2013

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      • August 7, 2013

        Jeff White Speaks at Consumer Products Regulation & Litigation Conference

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      • January 6, 2012

        Attorneys Author Article on Personal Jurisdiction Rules in Products Liability Cases

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      • May 4, 2011

        What Businesses Need to Know About the New Product Safety Database

      • June 17, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Share Strategies for Winning Products Liability Cases

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    • Publications + Presentations
    • Manufacturing Industry Group's Mid-Year Report (2019)

      "How manufacturers are faring under Trump, globally," published in Hartford Business Journal, authored by Jeffrey J. White (2/19/2018)
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      Outlook for 2018: Key Topics for Manufacturers and Distributors to Monitor, co-authored by Megan E. Baroni, Matthew T. Miklave and Jeffrey J. White (2/1/2018)

      "'Take-Home Toxins' Expand Duty of Care," authored by Diana E. Neeves, published in the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Environmental & Energy Litigation Committee’s Spring 2017 Newsletter. (5/25/2017)
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      "Complying with Conflict Minerals Laws: Global Best Practices for Manufacturers and Distributors," presented by Jeffrey J. White, webinar, presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce's U.S. Commercial Service (10/19/2016)
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      "The Future of Manufacturing in Connecticut," presented by Jeffrey J. White, moderator, at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association's (CBIA) 2016 Manufacturing Summit in Cromwell, Connecticut (10/14/2016)
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      "Manufacturing Innovations," presented by Jeffrey J. White, moderated the panel, held at Connecticut Business & Industry Association's (CBIA) 2015 Manufacturing Summit, "Made in Connecticut," in Trumbull, Connecticut (5/29/2015)

      Looking Forward to 2015 for Manufacturers/Distributors (2/11/2015)

      "Manufacturing Innovations," presented by Jeffrey J. White, moderator, at Connecticut Business & Industry Association's (CBIA) 2014 Manufacturing Summit (5/30/2014)
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      Looking Forward to 2014 for Manufacturers/Distributors (01/21/2014)

      "Warning! Follow These Best Practices for Crafting Warning Labels to Mitigate Litigation Risks," presented by Jeffrey J. White, presented at American Conference Institute's 2013 Consumer Products Regulation & Litigation Conference; joining Mr. White on the panel was a regulatory and safety consultant who had spent decades working for some of the largest manufacturers in the United States and a consultant who specialized in human factors and product safety. (6/26/13)

      "Favorable Ruling for Product Manufacturers," published in Connecticut Law Tribune, authored by Jeffrey J. White, appeared in the special supplement Connecticut Supreme Court Review 2011. The article reviews several Connecticut Supreme Court decisions in 2011 that have an impact on the business community. (9/19/2011)

      "CPSC Launches New Database on Product Safety," published in Connecticut Business & Industry Association News, co-authored by Jeffrey J. White and John H. Kane (4/2011)
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