Jean Macchiaroli Eggen
Distinguished Professor of Law

A.B., Connecticut College
M.A., Michigan State University
J.D., Syracuse University College of Law

Phone: 302.477.2155

Jean Macchiaroli Eggen is Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener’s Delaware campus. Professor Eggen specializes in toxic torts, torts ,and civil procedure. After joining the law faculty of Widener in 1986, she became one of the first legal academics to develop the new discipline of toxic torts and introduce it into the legal curriculum of a law school.

Distinguished Professor Eggen received an A.B. from Connecticut College and an M.A. from Michigan State University, and was a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) at the University of Michigan. She received a J.D., magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Syracuse Law Review, held the prestigious Syracuse University Graduate Fellowship, and received awards for published writing. Following law school, Professor Eggen worked as a tort and environmental litigation attorney at the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King in Syracuse, New York. She is admitted to practice in New York.

Distinguished Professor Eggen teaches in the areas of toxic torts, civil procedure, torts, and science and the law. She writes in the areas of toxic torts and law and medicine. Her publications include a book, Toxic Torts in a Nutshell, now in its 4th edition, and numerous articles on topics such as federal preemption, toxic reproductive and genetic hazards, scientific evidence, mass torts, and medical device and tobacco litigation. Her articles have been cited by the highest courts of numerous states and by a Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

At Widener Law, Distinguished Professor Eggen is a member of both the Health Law Institute and the Environmental Law Center and has been a recipient of the Douglas E. Ray Excellence in Faculty Scholarship Award. She writes legal analysis on the health risks and regulatory aspects of nanotechnology at her blog,

Selected Publications


  • TOXIC TORTS IN A NUTSHELL (Nutshell Series, West Publishing Co. 4th ed. 2010).
Book Chapter
  • Punitive Damages and the Public Health Agenda, in RECONSIDERING LAW AND POLICY DEBATES: A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE (John G. Culhane ed. 2010).
  • Implied Preemption of Medical Device ‘Parallel Claims’, 40 Product Safety & Liability Rep. (BNA) 1052 (2012)
  • Toward a Neuroscience Model of Tort Law: How Functional Neuroimaging Will Transform Tort Doctrine, 13 COLUM. SCI. & TECH. L. REV. 235 (2012) (with Eric J. Laury).
  • Federal Preemption of Claims Based on Cell Phone Hazards: Farina v. Nokia and the Road to the U.S. Supreme Court, 39 Prod. Safety & Liab. Rep. (BNA) 871 (Aug. 5, 2011) (also published in 26 Toxics L. Rep. (BNA) 949 (Aug. 10, 2011) and 80 U.S.L.W. 321 (Sept. 13, 2011)).
  • The Mature Product Preemption Doctrine: The Unitary Standard and the Paradox of Consumer Protection, 60 CASE W. RES. L. REV. 95 (2009).
  • The Synergy of Toxic Tort Law and Public Health: Lessons From a Century of Cigarettes, 41 CONN. L. REV. 561 (2008).
  • Toxic Torts at Ground Zero, 39 ARIZ. ST. L.J. 383 (2007).
  • The Normalization of Product Preemption Doctrine, 57 ALA. L. REV. 725 (2006).
  • Toxic Exposures and Workers Compensation, 14 J. WORKERS COMP. 9 (2004).
  • Clinical Medical Evidence of Causation in Toxic Tort Cases: Into the Crucible of Daubert, 38 HOUS. L. REV. 369 (2001).
  • Understanding State Contribution Laws and Their Effect on the Settlement of Mass Tort Actions, 73 TEX. L. REV. 1701 (1995).
  • Toxic Reproductive and Genetic Hazards in the Workplace: Challenging the Myths of the Tort and Workers’ Compensation Systems, 60 FORDHAM L. REV. 843 (1992).
  • Medical Malpractice Screening Panels: Proposed Model Legislation to Cure Judicial Ills, 58 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 181 (1990).