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    • Andy Birchfield - Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.
    • Michael Burg - Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.
    • Russ Herman - Herman, Herman & Katz LLC
    • W Mark Lanier - The Lanier Law Firm
    • Mike Papantonio - Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, P.A.
    • Michelle Parfitt - Ashcraft & Gerel LLP
    • Christopher Seeger - Seeger Weiss LLP

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.’s ‘outstanding’ practice is headed by Michael Burg, who served as co-lead counsel in an MDL comprising more than 14,000 claims brought against Bayer regarding its oral contraceptive drug. In addition to serving on the plaintiffs’ executive committee in In re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation, the ‘very knowledgeable’ Seth Katz continues to serve as a member of the plaintiffs’ steering committee in an MDL against DePuy Synthes concerning its recalled ASR XL metal-on-metal hip device and allegations of defects in its ASR XL Acetabular Hip System. Peter Burg is a member of the plaintiffs’ steering committee of the California Joint Coordinated Case Proceeding (JCCP) in the consolidated litigation regarding Wright Medical Group’s metal-on-metal hip implants, which plaintiffs alleged resulted in a risk of metallosis toxicity, as well as an increased risk of hip failure. All partners mentioned are based in Denver.

Herman, Herman & Katz LLC’s New Orleans-based team has substantial experience in handling pharmaceutical product liability litigation, with a particular expertise in electronic discovery. Leonard Davis, James Klick and of counsel Joseph Kott are leading representation of plaintiffs against DePuy Synthes concerning allegations of defects in its ASR hip implants in the Northern District of Ohio. The firm also filed numerous product liability claims on behalf of individuals against Fresenius regarding the kidney dialysis drug GranuFlo. Davis, Maury Herman and Russ Herman are also involved in litigation against numerous pharmaceuticals manufacturers such as AbbVie and Abbott Laboratories alleging defects in the defendants’ testosterone replacement therapy products.

With a particular expertise in handling personal injury lawsuits, Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. is currently involved in a number of litigation concerning various defective drugs. The Florida-based team includes Timothy O’Brien, whose recent victories include achieving an $8m verdict for a plaintiff who suffered osteonecrosis of the jaw arising from use of the drug Fosamax. O’Brien is currently acting in litigation alleging that use of the drug Invokana causes side effects of kidney damage, heart attacks and ketoacidosis. Ned McWilliams has been leading the team in lawsuits against Janssen and Bayer concerning the anticoagulent drug Xarelto, which plaintiffs allege cause fatal internal bleeding. Mike Papantonio is a highly regarded trial lawyer.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP continues to be involved in transvaginal surgical mesh litigation against various companies, among them Bard and Johnson & Johnson. The team includes Donald Arbitblit, who is experienced in serving on plaintiffs’ science and expert committees; he is a member of the plaintiffs’ steering committee in the Actos MDL. New York-based Wendy Fleishman has an impressive track record serving in leadership roles in significant MDLs in federal and state courts. The firm is currently representing clients in the first bellwether trial in the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant MDL. Other names to note are Elizabeth Cabraser and Robert Nelson. All partners are based in San Francisco unless otherwise stated.

The Lanier Law Firm has a strong track record in pharmaceutical and medical device personal injury litigation and is currently representing plaintiffs in various cases, such as Yaz/Yasmin lawsuits, testosterone therapy cases and the DePuy hip replacement litigation. W Mark Lanier served as co-counsel for plaintiffs in a two-month trial in the Western District of Louisiana arising from claims that use of the diabetes drug Actos caused plaintiffs to develop bladder cancer; the plaintiffs were awarded $9bn. Richard Meadow was also involved in successfully negotiating a $57m settlement with Bayer relating to claims that prescription birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella caused life-altering side effects that include arterial blood clots. Robert Leone, Alex Brown and Los Angeles-based Lee Cirsch are also recommended.

Philadelphia-based Levin, Fishbein, Sedran & Berman, Frederick Longer is serving on the plaintiffs’ steering committee in the Xarelto litigation against the manufacturer Bayer and marketer Janssen arising from alleged failure to warn about risks. Michael Weinkowitz served as a member of the plaintiff negotiating committee in the Yaz/Yasmin litigation against Bayer, which resulted in a successful negotiation of a $57m settlement. Arnold Levin, Michael Fishbein, Howard Sedran and Laurence Berman are key figures.

New York-based Seeger Weiss LLP has a strong track record in a wide array of personal injury litigation involving defective pharmaceutical products and medical devices. It is representing plaintiffs against manufacturers in litigation concerning Accutane, Fosamax and Granuflo, among others, and is currently involved in medical device litigation regarding Mirena IUD, DePuy hip implants and transvaginal mesh. The well regarded David Buchanan, who has a particular expertise in electronic discovery, is currently serving in various leadership positions in coordinated litigation proceedings involving Accutane, DePuy hip implants and Yaz/Yasmin. Other key figures are co-founder Christopher Seeger and Jeffrey Grand, who has returned from Bernstein Liebhard LLP.

At Washington DC-based Ashcraft & Gerel LLP, trial veteran Michelle Parfitt is highly experienced in representing plaintiffs in numerous state and federal courts across the US. Christopher Tisi is leading the team in representing a plaintiff in the first trial against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary McNeil Consumer Healthcare regarding allegations that the defendants failed to adequately warn of risks of liver damage caused by taking high doses of Tylenol. James Green, whose experience includes arguing before the US Supreme Court, is also recommended. David LaCivita retired.

Montgomery-based Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. is experienced in handling a broad range of litigation involving defective medical devices and unsafe medication. Navan Ward has been leading the firm’s involvement in the metal-on-metal hip implant litigation against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopedics, among others. Mass tort practice head Andy Birchfield is currently serving as co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs’ steering committee in the MDL concerning anticoagulant medication Xarelto. Frank Woodson and Matthew Teague are also recommended.

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