Timothy J. Becker, course advisor, 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 (STEP), serves on AAJ’s Litigation Group Leaders Council, and has been named to Minnesota Super Lawyers. He is also cochair of AAJ’s Propecia/Proscar and Zimmer Knee Litigation Groups. Mr. Becker is a founding partner at Johnson Becker, PLLC in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Paula S. Bliss is a partner in the law firm of Bubalo Goode Sales & Bliss, PLC, with offices in Boston, Massachusetts, and Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky. She concentrates her practice in civil litigation involving catastrophic injuries, primarily pharmaceutical and medical device mass tort, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and personal injury litigation. She was selected as a “Rising Star” by Massachusetts Super Lawyers and is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorney (MATA), and the Women’s Bar Association, where she was a pro bono attorney representing victims of domestic violence in probate matters. She is a member of AAJ’s Section of Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Ms. Bliss is the author of “What to Expect in High Stakes Litigation” (SEAK 2005) and lectured at a WBA/MATA event in 2012 on “Trials Facing Women Litigators & Tips for Success.”
Ed Blizzard is the founder of Blizzard & Nabers, located in Houston, Texas. He has held several leadership roles in mass tort litigation, including serving as a member of the Negotiating Plaintiffs’ Committee (NPC) in Vioxx MDL 1657, serving as chair of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee (PSC) in Ephedra Litigation MDL 1401, being appointed to the State Liaison Committee in the Baycol proceedings, and serving as a member of the PSCs of the New York ReNu and MoistureLoc proceedings and the Digitek Litigation MDL 1968. Mr. Blizzard has received several awards, including the Clarence Darrow Award, is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and was listed in the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas and included in The Best Lawyers in America. He has appeared on A Current Affair, MSNBC’s Squawk Box, and CNN Financial News. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, President’s Club, and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP).
Elizabeth Middleton Burke concentrates her practice in medical device, medical negligence, pharmaceuticals, and pharmacy liability litigation. She is a member of the Charleston County Bar, South Carolina Bar, Federal Bar Association, South Carolina Association for Justice, and Southern Trial Lawyers Association, where she serves on the Board of Directors. Ms. Burke served on AAJ’s Membership Committee and Convention Planning Committee, as a member of the National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, and as secretary of the New Lawyers Division. She is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC has offices in Barnwell, Charleston, and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
Christopher L. Coffin leads the pharmaceutical and medical device litigation practice at the law firm of Pendley, Baudin & Coffin, L.L.P., with offices in Plaquemines and New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been involved in multiple class action and mass tort cases throughout the United States. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, Products Liability Section, Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP), AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group, the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ), and the American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Mr. is a past president of the Rotary Club of Plaquemine and serves as a board member of the Iberville Foundation for Academic Excellence. He lectures nationwide and has written numerous articles on medical device and pharmaceutical litigation and defective products.
Michael Patrick Doyle concentrates his practice in complex maritime, medical negligence, insurance bad faith, DPTA, toxic torts, and products liability matters. Mr. Doyle is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He practices with the firm of Doyle Raizner, LLP with offices in Houston and Galveston, Texas.
Yvonne M. Flaherty, course advisor, concentrates her practice in the areas of complex class action and pharmaceutical and 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), a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, serves as 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. She 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. She 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 at the law firm of Meyers & Flowers, located in Chicago, Illinois, where he concentrates his practice in medical negligence, workplace injury, motor vehicle collision, and products liability litigation. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and a former president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the American Bar, Illinois State Bar, and the Illinois’ Workers Compensation Associations. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer since 2008.
Robert K. Jenner, course advisor, concentrates his practice in prescription drug and defective medical device litigation. He is listed in Maryland’s Super Lawyers and was recently named Best Lawyers 2013 “Lawyer of the Year—Baltimore Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions—Plaintiffs.” Mr. Jenner is a past president of Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ), serves on their Board of Governors, and was awarded MAJ’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award (2009). Mr. Jenner is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, cochair of AAJ’s Pradaxa Litigation Group and AAJ’s Pain Pump – Chondrolysis Litigation Group, and is vice chair of AAJ’s Publications Committee. Mr. Jenner works out of the Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC Baltimore, Maryland office where he leads the firm’s Mass Tort Division.
Brian D. Ketterer is a partner with the law firm of Janet, Jenner & Suggs. He concentrates his practice in pharmaceutical and medical device liability, and catastrophic personal injury litigation. He is cochair of the Science and Expert Committee of the national Granuflo litigation. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, and Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Mr. Ketterer is a member of AAJ’s Dialysis Equipment, Products and Clinics Litigation Group, Pradaxa Litigation Groups, and Section on Environmental, Toxic, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC is located in Baltimore, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts, and Columbia, South Carolina.
Douglass A. Kreis is a partner in the law firm of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC with offices in San Clemente, California, and Pensacola, Florida. He concentrates his practice in medical device and pharmaceuticals litigation. He serves as lead counsel on the national Stryker Trident ceramic-on-ceramic hip litigation. While at Cumberland School of Law, he was selected as Cumberland’s 1997 National Environmental/Toxic Tort Law Conference Representative. After receiving his Juris Doctorate, he clerked for Alabama Supreme Court Justice Michael Bolin. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, the American Bar Association, and is a past president of the First Circuit Trial Lawyers Association and the Escambia-Santa Rosa County Bar Association. Mr. Kreis is cochair of AAJ’s DePuy Metal on Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group.
Ramon R. Lopez is founder of Lopez McHugh LLP with offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Newport Beach, California, and Moorestown, New Jersey where he concentrates in civil litigation involving personal injury, including complex mass torts, pharmaceutical, medical negligence, and product liability litigation. He has been recognized in Super Lawyers, LawDragon, and the American Academy of Barristers. Mr. Lopez served on the California Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the breast implant litigation and on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the Rezulin MDL proceedings. He is a cochair of AAJ’s Chantix Litigation Group, serves on AAJ’s Litigation Group Leaders Council, and is a member of AAJ’s Products Liability Section and Preemption Litigation Group.
Brian J. McCormick, Jr. is a managing partner of Sheller, P.C., located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He concentrates his practice in pharmaceutical, consumer protection, products liability, and mass tort litigation. Mr. McCormick was selected as a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” by SuperLawyer for five years, and was recognized as a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” in 2006 by The Legal Intelligencer. He is also listed in the Top 100 Philadelphia and Top 100 Pennsylvania Lawyers by SuperLawyer. Mr. McCormick was recently nominated by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to serve on the Board of Ethics for the City of Philadelphia. He lectures nationwide on legal topics including whistleblower strategy and representation, and has appeared on CBS, two Insider Exclusive legal documentaries, and in The American Law Journal. Mr. McCormick serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia nonprofit “Committee of Seventy,” which advocates for fair and effective government and elections. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP).
Karen Barth Menzies, course advisor, concentrates her practice in plaintiffs’ pharmaceutical mass tort and consumer class actions. She served as the lead plaintiffs’ counsel in the Paxil MDL, Central District of California. She is currently a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Avandia MDL, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and coliaison counsel for the Paxil Birth Defects litigation pending in Philadelphia. She is currently the cochair of the Commercial and Marketing Committee for the Zoloft MDL, colead counsel for the Lexapro/Celexa cases coordinated in Missouri state court, and lead counsel for the Fosamax litigation coordinated in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. She is cochair of AAJ’s DePuy Metal on Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group and a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. Ms. Menzies has testified three times before the FDA and also before the California State Senate regarding the risks of pharmaceutical drugs. She has published numerous articles and speaks on preemption, FDA, and pharmaceutical drug risks to both legal and medical organizations. She is a partner at the law firm of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. in Newport Beach, California, with offices in Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California.
David F. Miceli is of counsel in the pharmaceuticals department of the Simmons Firm. He has extensive experience litigating mass tort cases, including Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex, PPA, Ephedra, Baycol, Chantix, and others. Mr. Miceli serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee of the Chantix MDL and served on the discovery team for the Bextra MDL. He also served on the PSC of the Trasylol MDL, and is currently involved in pharmaceutical cases in the state courts of Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. He has authored several articles and lectures nationwide on pharmaceutical torts and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC has offices in Alton and Chicago, Illinois, Saint Louis, Missouri, and El Segundo and San Francisco, California.
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 (formerly 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 member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. He is a frequent speaker at various seminars on the topics 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 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Elisa Murillo, fluent in Spanish, is a new and up and coming associate attorney with Pearson, Randall & Schumacher, PA (PRS) in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she concentrates her practice in qui tam, pharmaceutical, nursing home, and medical device litigation. Prior to joining PRS, Ms. Murillo worked at another Plaintiff’s civil litigation firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is treasurer of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s new lawyers division and part of the PRS trial team nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice. Ms. Murillo is chair of AAJ’s Medtronic SynchroMed II Implantable Drug Infusion Litigation Group.
Dianne M. Nast concentrates her practice in pharmaceuticals and antitrust litigation. She was selected as one of the nation’s top fifty women litigators by The National Law Journal, has been included in The Best Lawyers of America since 2003, and was named one of Pennsylvania’s top fifty women attorneys by Philadelphia Magazine. Ms. Nast has been selected as a Super Lawyer every year for more than a decade and is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She has served as lead or colead counsel in several antitrust cases, including Augmentin Antitrust Litigation, Wellbutrin SR Antitrust Litigation, and Nifedipine Antitrust Litigation. She current serves as a member of the executive committee on several antitrust cases, including In re: Effexor XR Antitrust Litigation, In re: Modafinil Antitrust Litigation, and In re: Skelaxin Antitrust Litigation. She also holds several court-appointed leadership roles in major pharmaceutical cases, including colead counsel in Zoloft SSRI Birth Defect Litigation, federal state liaison and steering committee member in Avandia product liability litigation, and colead counsel in Philadelphia and federal state liaison committee in Yasmin/Yaz product liability litigation. She is president of the Center for Research for Women and Newborn Health (CROWN) and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, Business Torts, Products Liability Section, and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). NastLaw LLC is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Christopher G. Paulos concentrates his practice in pharmaceuticals and medical device products liability, qui tam and false claims, personal injury, mass tort, and criminal defense litigation. While in law school, Mr. Paulos was a member of both the Moot Court Honor Society and Mock Trial Team, competing in both national and regional competitions. During his clerkship at the San Diego County Office of the Public Defender, Mr. Paulos worked closely with the Felony Trial Department. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, Products Liability Section, and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts. Mr. Paulos is an associate with Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. in Pensacola, Florida.
Bill Robins concentrates his practice in personal injury, product liability, environmental, and commercial litigation. While pursuing his Juris Doctorate at the University of Houston Law School, he received the A.A. White Dean’s Scholarship, the Bankston, Wright & Greenhill Award, and the University of Houston Law Foundation Academic Excellence Award. He is a member of the Houston and American Bar Associations, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Association. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP) and serves as cochair of AAJ’s Acetaminophen Injury Litigation Group. Heard Robins Cloud & Black LLP has offices in Houston, Texas, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
James R. Ronca concentrates in medical injury, pharmaceutical, medical device, construction site injury, and auto and truck collision litigation. He is former president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and former chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section. He served on AAJ’s Board of Governors, and chairs AAJ’s Topamax Litigation Group and is an AAJ Leaders Forum member. He has been named one of the Top 10 Lawyers in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers and is a member of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C. has offices in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Scottsdale, Arizona.
Josh B. Wages concentrates his practice in medical negligence, personal injury, and product liability litigation as well as the Mentor ObTape MDL. He is a member of the Western Circuit Bar Association, where he served as treasurer, the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and AAJ’s Leaders Forum. He is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the five pelvic mesh MDLs currently pending in the Southern District of West Virginia. Mr. Wages is a member of AAJ’s Transvaginal Mesh Litigation Group. Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C. has offices in Athens and Greensboro, Georgia.
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 MDL. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and was named as one of South Florida’s top lawyers by Miami Metro Magazine’s South Florida Legal Guide. He was also listed in Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. He is a shareholder in the law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. located in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Michael M. Weinkowitz concentrates his practice in complex litigation, products liability, pharmaceutical, medical device, and employment litigation. He serves as coliaison counsel in In re: Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella Products Liability and as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for In re: Pradaxa Products Liability Litigation. He has served on various Discovery and Science Committees including in In re: Yasmin and YAZ (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation and In re: Vioxx Product Liability Litigation. Mr. Weinkowitz is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Employment Rights Law Section. Levin, Fishbein, Sedran & Berman is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Joseph J. Zonies is a partner with Reilly Pozner LLP in Denver, Colorado where he leads the firm’s mass tort and personal injury practice groups. He concentrates his practice in birth defect, DePuy, Zimmer Hip, Baycol, Zyprexa, Vioxx, and Ephedra litigation. Mr. Zonies is colead counsel of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the In re: Avandia mass tort litigation in the eastern district of Pennsylvania and was recently appointed to the executive committee of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the In re: Zoloft Products litigation. Mr. Zonies is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Colorado Super Lawyers and has an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell.