Judge Gail Andler (Ret.) is frequently selected by counsel and appointed by the courts as a Special Master to allocate settlements in mass tort matters, including MDL and state judicial coordination matters. Read more.
Douglas Brush is a federally court-appointed Special Master, and Court Appointed Neutral expert in high-profile litigation matters involving privacy, security, and eDiscovery. Read more.
Jaime L. Dodge is the Founding Director of Emory Law School’s Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims. Professor Dodge has served as a court-appointed neutral in the early phases of a number of the largest recent MDLs, including her current work as a special master in the Zantac MDL. Read more.
Daniel B. Garrie, Esq. is a seasoned e-discovery special master, forensic neutral, mediator, and arbitrator retained for complex, high-stakes cases around the country. He is an experienced jurist with a deep understanding of both law and technology, enabling him to efficiently and cost effectively resolve some of the most challenging disputes. Read more.
Patrick A. Juneau obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University School of Law in 1965. He has been actively engaged in the private practice of law since 1965 and is admitted to practice in all Federal and State Courts in the State of Louisiana, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Read more.
Fouad mediates high-stakes, complex disputes that span a wide range of legal specialties, including product liability, contracts, bankruptcy, mass tort, and mass action cases. Recently, Fouad successfully mediated numerous disputes involving public nuisance claims asserted by thousands of public entities against multiple companies, culminating in settlements exceeding $15 billion. Read more.
Judge Norton provides nationwide mediation and arbitration services along with Court-appointed Special Master assignments for a wide variety of functions including discovery, litigation, pretrial matters, resolution and settlement allocation. Read more.
Ms. Reisman is nationally recognized for her skill in achieving innovative resolutions of complex mass tort litigation through class action, inventory, and individual settlements. She joined in founding RKG after nearly 30 years at an AmLaw 100 international law firm and two years as a senior lawyer at a major pharmaceutical company. Read more.
Ms. Roth is a founding member of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters (ACAM) and currently serves on its board of directors and as its president-elect. She is a co-author of the original 2006 version of the ACAM bench book, Appointing Special Masters and Other Judicial Adjuncts: A Handbook for Judges. Read more.
Joel Schneider, United States Magistrate Judge (Ret.), serves as Of Counsel in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department.
Judge Schneider served as United States Magistrate Judge in the District of New Jersey for 14 years. During his tenure, Judge Schneider managed, settled, and decided thousands of cases in all aspects of civil litigation, including employment, civil rights, IP, class/collective actions, products liability, contract, data breach, pharmaceutical, and other disputes. Read more.
The Honorable Winifred Younge Smith spent 21 years on the Alameda County Superior Court bench and 26 years as Deputy Attorney General in the California State Attorney General’s office. During her tenure on the bench Judge Smith presided over civil law and motion, civil direct and complex litigation matters. Read more.
For over twenty years, I have worked extensively litigating personal injury product liability cases against major pharmaceutical companies resulting from the sale of dangerous drugs, medical devices and dietary supplements. My firm Andrews & Thornton has unique experience in obtaining compensation for clients despite the wrongdoing company declaring bankruptcy. Read more.
The Wall Street Journal has described Arsenault as having “national notoriety,” BusinessWeek described him as “a Dean of the Louisiana Tort Bar,” and The New York Times described him as one of the “big players” in the legal community. Arsenault has been an invited lecturer at various law schools including Baylor, Duke, Emory, University of Texas, Tulane, George Washington and LSU where he served on the Trial Advocacy faculty. He has been involved in over 25 Multidistrict Litigation proceedings, often serving in leadership capacities. Read more.
John Baden represents clients harmed by asbestos exposure in individual and mass tort forums, as well as in complex asbestos bankruptcies, handling complete case management and settlement negotiations for individuals and families suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Read more.
CARL J. BARBIER currently serves as a senior judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans. Judge Barbier was nominated by President Bill Clinton in April 1998, confirmed by the United States Senate on September 28, 1998 and sworn into office on October 12, 1998. Read more.
John Beisner is the leader of Skadden’s Mass Torts, Insurance and Consumer Litigation Group. He focuses on the defense of purported class actions, mass tort matters and other complex civil litigation in both federal and state courts. He also regularly handles appellate litigations and has appeared in matters before the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more.
Jayne Conroy is a named shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy and oversees practice areas in the Complex Litigation Department. Under her leadership, the firm has become one of the country’s largest plaintiff law firms dedicated to helping those injured by corporate wrongdoing. Read more.
Cathy Conway is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Cathy has sealed her reputation as a leading labor and employment litigator with more than 40 years trial experience representing major companies in high-stakes employment cases. Read more.
Erin Copeland has worked with, and protected thousands of woman and Childrenagainst Dangerous products and pharmesuticals. Hundreds of Millions Recovered. In her career, Erin Copeland has directly impacted the lives of woman and children by recovering substantial verdicts & settlements as compensation for the injured. Read more.
Judge Melanie L. Cyganowski (ret.) became a Member of the Firm in 2008, after serving a full 14-year term as a Bankruptcy Judge in the Eastern District of New York. From November 29, 2005 through the end of her term, she was the Chief Judge of the Court. Ms. Cyganowski now serves as Chair of the Firm’s Restructuring and Bankruptcy Department. Read more.
Mark Dearman is a partner in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s Boca Raton office, where his practice focuses on consumer fraud, securities fraud, mass torts, antitrust, and whistleblower litigation. Read more.
Alycia Degen is a global co-leader of Sidley’s Product Liability and Mass Torts practice, which is ranked in Chambers USA for 2022 and recognized for its “deep bench noted for its expertise in the life sciences sector, having obtained a number of high-profile defense verdicts in this field." Read more.
Andrew (“Drew”) Parker Felix, a partner in the Product Liability Safety Group, has national litigation experience and a hands-on approach that benefits the Firm’s clientele throughout the country. Read more.
Mr. Finaldi’s practice is concentrated on litigation of civil actions involving sexual harassment, assault, exploitation, molestation and abuse in educational, sports, familial, recreational, employment, religious and other settings, and actions involving violation of civil rights. Read more.
Amy Fisher concentrates her practice on the defense of complex, multidistrict litigation for pharmaceutical, medical device, and cosmetic manufacturers in federal and state courts. She oversees national litigations involving mass tort product liability claims and, over her more than two decades of experience, has led or co-chaired numerous national defense teams for nation-wide multidistrict litigation involving prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Read more.
Debra Forsythe has been responsible for providing expert consultative Medicare Secondary Payer guidance to plaintiff and defense counsel for their clients’ Mass Tort, Class Action and/or Single Event settlements for 15 years. Read more.
Roger Frankel, Founding Partner of Frankel Wyron LLP, has practiced in the areas of business reorganization and creditors rights since 1972, with an emphasis on bringing business and common sense to complex legal situations. Mr. Frankel has been appointed as a fiduciary in a multitude of mass tort cases and also counsels companies, trusts and families in connection with multi-faceted counter party disputes, often involving financial distress. Read more.
Jonathan Gardner serves as the Managing Partner of Labaton Sucharow LLP and as a member of its Executive Committee. He is based in the Firm’s New York office. Jonathan helps direct the growth and management of the Firm. Read more.
Paul Geller, managing partner of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP’s Boca Raton, Florida office, is a founding partner of the Firm, a member of its Executive and Management Committees, and head of the Firm’s Consumer Practice Group. Read more.
Amy Gernon works as a court-appointed neutral and is a board member of the Academy of Court-Appointed Neutrals. Her practice focuses on multidistrict litigation (MDL) and class action matters, with a concentration on designing processes and settlements for the benefit of all stakeholders. Read more.
Judge Leo M. Gordon has served as a judge of the United States Court of International Trade since March 2006. Judge Gordon is responsible for resolving judicial disputesinvolving challenges to the administration and enforcement of the federal customs andinternational trade laws by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, and Labor, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and other Executive Branch Agencies. Read more.
Elizabeth (“Beth”) Graham is a principalat Grant & Eisenhofer. She leads the firm’s complex and mass tort litigation practice and serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Graham has spent most of her career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer advocating for the rights of individuals, families and small businesses harmed by large corporations. Read more.
David Gross is a trial lawyer and head of the firm’s Silicon Valley office. David's winning trial record led the American Lawyer to name him one of the top 50 litigators in the United States under the age of 45, and the National Law Journal recognized David's complete defense jury verdict in a patent infringement jury trial in Orange County, California, as one of the top 10 trial victories in the United States. Read more.
Nicole Hamann has more than 25 years of experience in class action and mass tort administration, with more than 15 of those years in an executive leadership position. Hamann focuses on driving strategy, with an emphasis on quality execution in all facets of the business, in order to serve client needs and expectations. Read more.
Jennifer M. Hoekstra is a partner with Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC. A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Ms. Hoekstra boasts an impressive academic and professional record, including graduation from two of the nation’s top schools. She earned her earned Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from Columbia College, Columbia University in the City of New York. Read more.
ohn Hooper defends multinational companies in complex litigations, including a variety of commercial, product liability, financial services, false and misleading advertising and other consumer class actions where he has served as national, regional and/or strategic counsel. Read more.
Paul Karlsgodt serves as the leader of BakerHostetler’s Privacy and Digital Risk Class Action and Litigation team. He is an international thought leader in class action defense with more than 20 years of experience defending hundreds of consumer class actions. Read more.
Over the past 15 years, Loree Kovach has established herself a strategic problem solver who partners with clients to assess complex matters and develop solutions for critical administrative tasks including the integration and management of data from multiple sources, and the handling of unique claims. Read more.
Leslie M. Kroeger is a Partner at Cohen Milstein and Co-Chair of the firm’s Complex Tort Litigation practice group. She focuses on complex, high-profile product liability, wrongful death, and managed care abuse litigation. Read more.
Attorney, author, teacher, pastor and story teller, Mark Lanier, graduated Texas Tech University School of Law in 1984. Mark is the Founder of The Lanier Law Firm with offices in Houston, New York, and Los Angeles, Mark has earned international recognition setting record verdicts in courtrooms throughout the United States. Read more.
Daniel Lapinski has nearly 20 years of litigation experience, with a focus on mass tort and complex litigation in state, federal and appellate courts. Read more.
Lori B. Leskin serves as co-chair of the firm’s Consumer Products Practice Group. She is valued by her clients for her ability to successfully assess, strategize, and implement unique solutions to their unique problems. Ms. Leskin has over 30 years of experience representing consumer product and pharmaceutical companies as national, strategic and trial counsel in mass and class action litigation across the country. Read more.
Damien Marshall is a partner in the Trial and Global Disputes Practice Group. He focuses on the resolution of complex business disputes over a broad range of substantive areas, including antitrust, securities, consumer protection and general commercial disputes. Read more.
Bill Mulvey joined Calumet Capital in 2020. Previously, as an attorney and legal services executive, he focused on mass tort and complex dispute resolution, corporate development and governance, and transactional matters. Read more.
Mike Papantonio is a senior partner with the law firm of Levin Papantonio Rafferty. He has received numerous multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of victims of corporate malfeasance. His award-winning work handling thousands of mass tort cases throughout the nation has helped make Levin Papantonio Rafferty one of the largest plaintiff law firms in the country. Read more.
A leader in the anti-human trafficking movement for over a decade, Carissa Phelps is an attorney with a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and an M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.Read more.
James has led Hausfeld’s consumer protection practice group since the firm’s inception and courts have personally appointed him to leadership positions in numerous successful consumer fraud class actions. He has a diverse practice centering on consumer protection and cybersecurity/privacy law, antitrust law (with an emphasis in agriculture), environmental torts, and sports and entertainment law. James’ practice also includes domestic and international environmental and public health litigation. Read more.
Laura H. Posner is a partner at Cohen Milstein and a member of the Securities Litigation & Investor Protection and Ethics & Fiduciary Counseling practices.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Posner was appointed by the New Jersey Attorney General to serve as the Bureau Chief for the New Jersey Bureau of Securities – the top Securities Regulator in New Jersey. Read more.
Dan Prieto has played a lead role in representing high-profile companies in successful chapter 11 reorganizations, including by assisting numerous companies in achieving permanent resolutions of mass asbestos tort liabilities through section 524(g) plans of reorganization. He also represents clients in out-of-court restructurings and distressed M&A transactions. Prior to returning to Jones Day in 2021, Dan was workout counsel at a leading direct lender and credit asset manager with more than $35 billion of capital under management in Chicago, where he handled restructuring matters for the lender. Read more.
R. David Proctor was nominated by President George W. Bush to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama on May 1, 2003. He was confirmed by the U. S. Senate on September 17, 2003, and received his commission on September 22, 2003. He received his undergraduate degree from Carson-Newman College in 1983. Read more.
Motley Rice co-founder Joe Rice is recognized as a skillful and innovative negotiator of complex litigation settlements, having served as the lead negotiator in some of the largest civil actions our courts have seen in the last 20 years. Read more.
Cynthia Marie Rufe is a Senior United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rufe graduated from Adelphi University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970 and later from University at Buffalo Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1977. Read more.
JUDGE GLENDA SANDERS was sworn in as a Judge of the Superior Court of California in 2003. She has presided over complex civil cases for six years as a member of the Civil Complex Panel of the California Superior Court, Orange County. Prior to that, she was a member of the Civil Unlimited panel. Read more.
A founding partner of Seeger Weiss, Chris is widely recognized as a highly innovative and accomplished plaintiff attorney. Chiefly known for multidistrict mass torts and class actions involving drug injury, toxic injury and personal injury, Chris’s versatile practice also includes product liability, property damage, antitrust, third-party payer litigation, as well as consumer, insurance, and securities fraud. Read more.
Hunter J. Shkolnik is an esteemed and dedicated attorney who focuses on the trials of significant personal injury cases, primarily in the area of drug, automobile, aviation-related, and heavy truck product liability litigation. Read more.
Adam Slater is the managing partner of Slater Slater Schulman LLP with over 15 years of litigation experience. As a notable leader in the legal industry, Adam has successfully represented clients in the areas of mass torts, catastrophic personal injury, 9/11 litigation, class action lawsuits, employment law, toxic and environmental torts, and child sexual abuse litigation. Read more.
Amanda Sternberg manages a variety of class action settlement administrations, with particular experience handling consumer, mass tort, antitrust, and data breach cases. Ms. Sternberg has extensive experience managing settlements that require complex analysis to determine class eligibility, calculate benefits, and provide clear and useful reporting to her clients. Read more.
David is the nation’s leading voice for the recognition of property rights in personal data, a 10-year effort culminating in the Ninth Circuit’s landmark April 2020 decision in In re: Facebook Internet Tracking Litigation and the Northern District of California’s March 2021 decision in Calhoun v. Google, both of which he argued. Read more.
Marcus focuses his practice primarily on defective medical devices and drugs, along with sexual abuse cases and catastrophic injury accidents. He has tried a substantial number of cases to verdict as lead counsel which has allowed him to receive his Board Certification in Civil Trial from the Florida Bar- a privilege awarded to less than 2% of Florida attorneys. Read more.
Lana Varney believes practicing law is like fly fishing: preparation, presentation, and perseverance required. Global drug and medical device companies call on Lana when they need help with defending product liability litigation in the US, or when they want to try and avoid it all together. Read more.
Sylvius von Saucken is the vice president of the advisory services group in the mass tort division for Epiq. von Saucken serves as a leading subject matter expert for Epiq clients and colleagues. He oversees the group’s counseling and risk management activities for the mass tort operations and client service teams. Read more.
In 2010, Aimee became a founding partner of Andrus Wagstaff. Since that time, she has dedicated the entirety of her professional life fighting against pharmaceutical and medical device companies who harm her clients by continually putting profits before safety. The vast majority of Aimee's litigation is done through national mass tort consolidations, usually multidistrict litigations (MDLs) or Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCPs). Read more.
Julia Zousmer, a partner in King & Spalding's Chicago office, defends companies in complex product liability and mass tort litigation. Julia has more than a decade of experience defending pharmaceutical and consumer product manufacturers in federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) practice and state court coordinated proceedings and has managed dockets of hundreds and thousands of cases at all phases of the MDL lifecycle... Read more.
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