Donald G. Gifford

Donald G. Gifford is the Edward M. Robertson Research Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law whose principal research and teaching specialties are torts, products liability, and mass torts. Gifford earlier served as dean of the law school. He is the author or editor of several books, including a leading torts casebook and the definitive five-volume treatise on tort law, and numerous articles. Gifford served as a student organizer for the late Democratic Ohio Congressman John Seiberling’s first campaign in 1970. After serving as the Chair of the Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission in the early 1990s, he later advised both the National Paint and Coating Association (now the American Coatings Association) and DuPont on childhood lead poisoning prevention legislation and mass tort litigation.


Op-eds and Articles

By / 3.31.2017

Here’s some friendly advice to U.S. business leaders who may be quietly cheering plans by President Trump and his new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, to “drain the swamp” by gutting environmental regulations: Be careful what you wish for. Not only will many Americans view such a rollback as radical, but […]

PPI In the News

By and / 3.22.2017

Phil Goldberg, director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Civil Justice and Don Gifford, a member of PPI’s Center for Civil Justice Advisory Board, were quoted in the Legal NewsLine about a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling: “The ruling offers some clarity on jurisdiction rules in Missouri—as in, courts don’t have jurisdiction over out-of-state claims—but […]


By / 3.20.2017

The bullseye of President Trump’s budget cuts is now clear. Unless Congress asserts itself, the budget of the EPA will be slashed thirty-one percent, more than any other agency. The budgets of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and climate change programs within NASA will be similarly decimated. These cuts should not come as a […]