Plaintiff-Only Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Litigation Update Seminar Faculty

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Plaintiff-Only Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Litigation Update Seminar Faculty 

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Anne Andrews concentrates her practice in pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and medical device litigation, including Vioxx, Yaz / Yasmin, Zimmer Hip Implant, Depuy Hip Implant and Stryker Hip Implant. She is a cochair of AAJ’s Hydroxycut Litigation Group.  Andrews & Thornton is located in Irvine, California.

Thomas R. Anapol concentrates his practice in pharmaceutical and medical device, medical negligence, asbestos, and other catastrophic injury-related civil litigation.  Mr. Anapol was recently appointed to serve on AAJ’s Section and Litigation Group Coordination Committee, is cochair of AAJ’s DePuy Metal on Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group, and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum.  He has served on various MDL Plaintiff Steering Committees including Guidant, Medtronic, DePuy ASR, NexGen, and various other state coordinated mass tort litigations.  He serves on the Board of Governors for the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ) and as chair of PAJ’s Business Partners Committee.  Mr. Anapol is a shareholder with the Philadelphia based law firm of Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C., and serves as cochair of the firm’s mass tort department.

Bryan F. Aylstock concentrates his practice in defective pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices litigation.  He serves as one of three coordinating colead counsels charge with overseeing five separate MDLs involving the use of the pelvic repair system products currently pending.  Mr. Aylstock was also appointed to the Plaintiff Steering Committee as multi-district coordinator in In re:  Zoloft Products Liability Litigation and colead counsel in In re:  Avandia Marketing Sales Practices and Products Litigation.  He has served as an honor intern at the United States Department of Justice, where he worked for the Director of the federal tort claims act division.  Mr. Aylstock has spoken on issues related to the handling of pharmaceutical and medical device cases, electronic discovery in complex cases, and other mass tort issues.  Mr. Aylstock is a member of the American Inns of Court, AAJ’s Leaders Forum, and the Florida Justice Association (FAJ). Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC is located in Pensacola, Florida.

Timothy L. Becker, course advisor, is a founding partner at Johnson Becker, PLLC in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he concentrates his practice in defective drug and medical devices and products litigation.  He served on the science team in In re:  Zicam Cold Remedy Marketing Sales Practice Litigation, on the law and briefing committee in In re:  DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, and has served as colead counsel in several other MDLs, including In re:  Zimmer NexGen Knee Products Liability Litigation.  He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, Products Liability Section, and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts, serves on AAJ’s Litigation Group Leaders Council, and has been named to Minnesota Super Lawyer

Mark P. Chalos is partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP in Nashville, Tennessee, where his practice focuses on consumer protection, defective products, and personal injury.  He has served in various leadership roles in federal and state MDLs and has tried cases in federal and state courts.  Mr. Chalos is AV rated by the Martindale-Hubbell.  He is a member of the board of directors of the Tennessee Association for Justice and has cochaired its Legislative Committee.  He has served on the ABA Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section Ethics and Professionalism Committee and the Tennessee Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee.  Mr. Chalos has coauthored a book, Litigating International Torts in U.S. Courts, published by Thomson Reuters West Law in 2012.  He has also published a number of articles in legal journals, including in the national publication Trial.  He is a frequent speaker at legal seminars regarding a variety of complex civil litigation topics.  Mr. Chalos has been interviewed on television news programs, including Fox News, CNN, and CBS, as well as on numerous national and regional television and radio programs.

Sindhu S. Daniel is a partner at Seeger Weiss LLP and works in their New Jersey office.  Ms. Daniel is the lead attorney responsible for the intake and management of all drug and device cases for the firm.  She has played an integral role in cases such as Avandia, Bextra, Celebrex, Fleet, Vioxx, Yaz, and Zimmer Hip.  She is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts.

Brian J. Devine is a founding partner of Seeger Salvas LLP in San Francisco, California where he concentrates on complex product liability matters.  He has written about medical device litigation, most recently publishing two articles in California’s Civil Litigation Reporter.  He works with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights where he represents clients seeking political asylum.  Mr. Devine is a member of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts.

Amy Eskin concentrates her practice in pharmaceutical and medical device cases, products liability cases such as defective ladders and medical negligence cases.  She has written and argued numerous appeals concerning issues in personal injury litigation, including the applicable statute of limitations and bystander liability for emotional distress.  She is a member of AAJ, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and University of San Francisco School of Law’s Intensive Advocacy Program.  She was court appointed as colead counsel on multidistrict litigations involving transvaginal mesh.  Ms. Eskin is of counsel to Levin Simes LLP in San Francisco, California.

Yvonne M. Flaherty, course advisor, concentrates her practice in the areas of complex class action and pharmaceutical/medical device litigation.  She serves on AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, is the immediate past chair of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP), serves a vice chair of AAJ’s Litigation Group Leaders Council, and is a past chair of AAJ’s Women Trial Lawyers Caucus.  She also serves on the Minnesota Association for Justice Board of Governors and Executive Committee and is a member of the Minnesota State, Hennepin County, and Federal Bar Associations.  Ms. Flaherty has been appointed by the Court to serve on numerous committees in complex litigation involving the Learned Intermediary Doctrine, Claims Review, and Common Benefit Fees.  Ms. Flaherty is a frequent lecturer on a variety of litigation topics, including mass torts, electronic discovery, Daubert, fee agreements, and the Learned Intermediary Doctrine.  Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Peter J. Flowers is a partner in the firm of Foote, Meyers, Mielke & Flowers, LLC in Saint Charles, Illinois where he concentrates his practice in medical negligence, catastrophic injuries from workplace and automobile collisions, and from defective products.  He also represents the plaintiff in nursing home and sexual abuse litigation.  He has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer in the area of medical negligence, and recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by his peers.  He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, Verdict Club society, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association where he served as president from 2009 – 2010, and AAJ’s Leaders Forum. 

Henry G. Garrard, III concentrates his practice in personal injury, medical negligence, products liability, Qui Tam, tort liability, and class action cases.  Mr. Garrard is a member of the Western Circuit Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Mr. Garrard served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force and is cochair of AAJ’s Pelvic Mesh/Vaginal Mesh Litigation Group.  Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. is located in Athens, Georgia.

Brian D. Ketterer concentrates his practice in pharmaceutical drugs, products liability, and catastrophic personal injury litigation.  He is a member of AAJ, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, and Pennsylvania Association for Justice.  Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC is located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Michelle L. Kranz concentrates her practice in pharmaceutical and product liability mass tort, anti-trust, personal injury, construction and contract, and municipal litigation.  Ms. Kranz serves as Liaison Counsel for the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc ASR Hip Implant MDL and on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee on Text Messaging Antitrust Litigation.  Ms. Kranz serves on the Board of Directors of the Toledo Bar Association (TBA) and on several committees.  She received TBA’s 2005 Trustees Award for professionalism in the practice of law and commitment to improving the legal profession.  She also received the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s 2007 District 4 Community Service Award for attorneys under 40.  Zoll, Kranz & Borgess is located in Toledo, Ohio.

Tobias L. Millrood, course advisor, concentrates his practice in numerous mass torts, including Fen-Phen, Vioxx, Baycol, Meridia, Thimerosal, Ephedra, and hormone therapy.  Mr. Millrood served as liaison counsel in the consolidated Hormone Therapy Mass Tort Litigation in Philadelphia County.  Mr. Millrood is a prior member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (formally the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association) (PAJ), a member of PAJ, past chair of AAJ’s Hormone Therapy Litigation Group, chair of AAJ’s Section and Litigation Group Coordination Committee, and AAJ’s Board of Governors.  He is a frequent speaker at various seminars, on the topic of mass tort litigation, hormone therapy, cardiac device litigation, and the ethics of settling mass tort cases.  Mr. Millrood is a partner in the firm Pogust, Braslow & Millrood, LLC in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

Theodore Oshman concentrates his practice in class action, personal injury, automobile collision, medical negligence, wrongful death, pharmaceutical, and drug and device litigation. He is cochair of AAJ’s Pelvic Mesh/Vaginal Mesh Litigation Group and a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum.  Mr. Oshman is a managing member of the New York City law firm of Oshman & Mirisola, LLP.

B. Kristian W. Rasmussen concentrates his practice in pharmaceutical, mass torts, class action, and personal injury litigation.  Mr. Rasmussen is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, AAJ’s Litigation Group Leaders Council, and AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts.  Mr. Rasmussen is cochair of AAJ’s Chantix Litigation Group and past cochair of AAJ’s Vioxx/Bextra Litigation Group.  Mr. Rasmussen currently serves on the plaintiffs’ steering committee as cochair of the discovery committee for MDL No. 2092, In re: Chantix Products Liability Litigation.  Mr. Rasmussen’s prior litigation experience includes being designated as colead trial counsel for MDL No. 1632, In re: High Sulfur Content Gasoline Products Liability Litigation and serving as a member of the plaintiffs steering committee as cochair of the discovery committee for MDL No. 1699, In re: Bextra and Celebrex Unfair Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation.  Before entering private practice, Mr. Rasmussen prosecuted cases as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Florida, and served the United States Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  Mr. Rasmussen is a partner with Birmingham, Alabama based Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris, P.C.

Daniel S. Robinson is partner in the Newport Beach office of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc., concentrating in civil litigation.  In 2011, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) awarded Mr. Robinson the 2011 OCTLA Young Gun Award.  He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and has been appointed to the plaintiffs’ executive committee for the federal multidistrict proceeding for the Contaminated Heparin Litigation, MDL 1953, the plaintiffs’ steering committee in the In re: Actos Product Liability Cases, and the plaintiffs’ steering committee in the In re: Fosamax/Alendronate Sodium Drug Cases.  Mr. Robinson serves as past cochair of AAJ’s Yaz/Yasmin Litigation Group and is a member of AAJ’s Litigation Group Leaders Council and Leader’s Forum.

Hunter J. Shkolnik concentrates his practice in consumer fraud cases and pharmaceutical, automobile, heavy truck, and aviation related product liability actions.  He is currently serving as a chairman, leader, or court appointed representative on Plaintiff Steering Committees in various drug and other mass torts.  Mr. Shkolnik is a frequent author on the topics of auto and drug products liability.  He is the cochair of AAJ’s Heart Devices Litigation Group and on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA).  Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP is headquartered in New York City.

J. Paul Sizemore concentrates his practice in mass torts, products liability, and mesothelioma.  He has been selected as a Top 20 California attorney and has twice been awarded law firm litigator of the year.  Mr. Sizemore was selected by the MDL Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee to try the first MDL Bextra/Celebrex case and serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees or Executive Committees for Crestor, Shoulder Pain Pump, Digitek, Avandia, Vioxx, and Cox-2 litigation. The Sizemore Law Firm is located in Los Angeles, California.

Anthony Tarricone concentrates his practice in aviation and aircraft collision, products liability, medical negligence, complex personal injury, and wrongful death litigation.  Mr. Tarricone is a past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, where he continues to serve as a governor and member of the executive committee.  He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyer.  Mr. Tarricone is a past president of AAJ, serves on AAJ’s Hall of Fame, International Relations, and Legal Affairs Committees, and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum.  Mr. Tarricone is a partner with Kreindler & Kreindler LLP in Boston, Massachusetts.

Aimee H. Wagstaff is a founding partner of Andrus Hood & Wagstaff in Denver, Colorado, concentrating her practice in professional liability, products liability, mass torts, sports law, drug and medical device litigation, commercial litigation, and personal injury cases.  Ms. Wagstaff was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ coliaison counsel of the Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP) in In re:  Infusion Pump Cases, 8 member national executive committees overseeing the TVM MDLs, national colead in In re:  Boston Scientific Corporation, Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in In re:  American Medical Systems, Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation and In re:  Ethicon, Inc, Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation.  She is a member of AAJ, Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, and Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.

Navan Ward, Jr. concentrates his practice in pharmaceutical and nursing home litigation.  Mr. Ward has lectured on hip replacement, Cox-2 drug, Permax/Ostinex litigation, hormone replacement therapy litigation, and nursing home litigation issues throughout the country.  He was selected to the plaintiffs’ steering committee for the DePuy Hip Implant Recall MDL and the plaintiffs’ steering committee for the Pinnacle Hip Replacement MDL.  He serves as cochair for AAJ’s DePuy Metal on Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group, the vice president for the Young Lawyers Section of the Alabama State Bar, vice president for the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association, treasurer for the Capital City Bar Association, president for the Alabama Lawyers’ Association, and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum.  Mr. Ward is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Mississippi Bar Association, and is an American Bar Association State Delegate for Alabama.  He is a shareholder in the firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. located in Montgomery, Alabama.

C. Calvin Warriner, III concentrates his practice in pharmaceutical, medical device, healthcare, and insurance litigation as well as medical negligence and products liability.  He serves on the Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee and as colead counsel in the Mentor OB Tape multidistrict litigation (MDL).  Mr. Warriner is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and has been named as one of South Florida’s top lawyers by Miami Metro Magazine’s South Florida Legal Guide.  He has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America.  Mr. Warriner is a Leaders Forum member of AAJ.  Mr. Warriner is a shareholder in the law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. located in West Palm Beach, Florida.

O. Mark Zamora is founding partner of the Zamora Firm in Atlanta, Georgia, concentrating on mass tort matters.  He is a graduate of Cumberland Law School and the University of Florida.  Mr. Zamora serves on the board of directors of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and on the technology committee of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.  He is a member of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts and Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section.  He is a member of the plaintiff's steering committee in the In Re: Hydroxycut Litigation MDL, is the chair of its discovery committee, and he is science committee chair and PSC member in the In Re Darvocet MDL.


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