John E. Leighton is a board certified civil trial lawyer who specializes in medical negligence, product liability, resort injury, and inadequate premises security litigation. He is a member of AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, Leaders Forum, and Professional Negligence Section Highway and past chair of Motor Vehicle Premises Liability Section, as well as a Chair of AAJ’s Inadequate Security Litigation Group. He has published articles and book chapters on many topics such as defective juvenile products, inadequate security litigation, medical negligence, spinal cord injuries and market share liability and is a frequent lecturer at legal programs and conventions. He recently authored the two volume text, Litigating Premises Security Cases (West/AAJ Press). Mr. Leighton’s firm, Leighton Law, PA, is located in Miami and Orlando, Florida.
Leslie W. O’Leary concentrates in mass tort litigation, including silicone breast implant, Fen-Phen, and Ephedra litigation. She argued the Daubert motions in the Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) MDL. Ms. O’Leary was appointed to the Oregon State Bar’s Council on Court Procedures. She is a member of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Federal Bar Association, and the American Bar Association as well as AAJ’s Products Liability Section and Preemption Law Litigation Group. She is a past chair of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts. Williams Love O’Leary & Powers, P.C. is located in Portland, Oregon.
Anthony Z. Roisman and his Firm concentrate in providing legal analysis and appellate briefing for plaintiff trial lawyers. He has been involved in the litigation of environmental, radiation, and toxic tort issues before the state and federal courts and agencies since 1969 and has extensive experience in litigating claims for injury as a result of exposure to toxic substances. He served as the Senior Staff Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Chief of the Hazardous Waste Section and Special Litigator for Hazardous Waste in the Lands and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the founding executive director of Public Justice. Mr. Roisman lectures frequently on expert witness admissibility issues. He is a Research Fellow in Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College, where he also has cotaught courses both in law and evidence and in environmental law, economics, and policy. He is a member of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts. Mr. Roisman is a managing partner with National Legal Scholars Law Firm, P.C. in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Joseph H. Saunders founded Saunders & Walker, PA in Pinellas Park, Florida in 1987 after serving six years as counsel for Pinellas County Florida. Mr. Saunders is admitted to practice law in California and Florida and is board certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of AAJ’s DePuy Metal on Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group, Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Litigation Group, and Transvaginal Mesh Litigation Group. He served as chair of the science committee for the Zicam Cold Medicine MDL which successfully defended Daubert challenges to the Plaintiff Steering Committee expert witnesses and authored “Tips from the Daubert Playbook—Protect Your Regulartory Expert,” published in the March 2013 edition of Trial Magazine. Mr. Saunders also serves on AAJ’s PAC Task Force and is a member of a number of federal MDL plaintiff steering committees for medical device cases including Biomet metal hip and transvaginal mesh litigation.