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Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.’s Denver-based group has notable experience handling MDLs and mass tort work. Practice head Michael Burg and Seth Katz represented plaintiffs across the US in a bellwether trial arising from claims of injuries sustained through use of the drug Xarelto. Katz has been leading the representation of a number of plaintiffs in mass tort litigation regarding claims of ovarian cancer developed through use of Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based baby powder product. Meghan Quinlivan acted as a member of the plaintiffs’ steering committee in the power morcellators device MDL arising from claims that the devices increased risk of undiagnosed uterine cancer; the MDL was dissolved in 2016 following the settlement of a majority of the cases.

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Within the drug and device arena, Herman, Herman & Katz LLC’s expertise covers high-profile MDLs and class actions, including appellate work. Leonard Davis, Steve Herman, James Klick and of counsel Joseph Kott have been acting for plaintiffs in the Zofran MDL against GSK arising from allegations of defects. Davis, Klick, Kott and Brian Katz continue to represent clients in claims against a number of defendants concerning the drug Fosamax, which is currently on appeal in a number of jurisdictions. Davis, Russ Herman and Maury Herman continue to act for claimants in testosterone replacement therapy litigation brought against AbbVie and a number of other defendants before the Northern District of Illinois. The firm is headquartered in New Orleans.

Based in Pensacola, Florida, Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. has impressive capabilities handling personal injury cases, often obtaining jury verdicts across the US. Troy Rafferty was appointed as one of five members of the plaintiffs’ executive committee in the Abilify MDL brought against Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals before the Northern District of Florida. The firm has also been representing plaintiffs across the US in lawsuits against Janssen Pharmaceuticals arising from allegations of kidney injuries caused by use of the drug Invokana. Mike Papantonio is also recommended.

Based in San Francisco, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP has a diverse prescription drug and device practice. Lexi Hazam has been representing various claimants as a member of the plaintiffs’ executive committee in the Abilify MDL. In New York, Wendy Fleishman was appointed to the plaintiffs’ executive committee in the IVC filter blood clot litigation. The firm continues to represent plaintiffs in a number of medical device claims, including Pinnacle hip injury litigation against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy. Key partners include Elizabeth Cabraser and Robert Nelson.

Headed by W Mark Lanier in Houston, The Lanier Law Firm has strong trial capabilities and experience obtaining significant settlements for plaintiffs. In 2016, the firm obtained a federal jury verdict of more than $1bn for six plaintiffs in the Johnson & Johnson Pinnacle hip implant litigation. Richard Meadow was appointed as one of four members to the plaintiffs’ executive committee in the federal MDL brought against Johnson & Johnson concerning ovarian cancer claims arising from use of the company’s talc-based powder products. Lee Cirsch is now at Capstone Law APC.

Headed by co-founder Christopher Seeger, Seeger Weiss LLP’s personal injury practice has deep experience handling drug injury and medical device litigation, including class actions. In 2017, Seeger was appointed as co-lead counsel of the plaintiffs’ steering committee in the Invokana MDL arising from 55 actions alleging that Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ drug causes injuries, such as diabetic ketoacidosis and kidney damage. David Buchanan continues to serve as liaison counsel in coordinated proceedings concerning Accutane, DePuy hip implants and Yaz/Yasmin. Jeffrey Grand has been acting as a member of the plaintiffs’ steering committee regarding seven federal transvaginal mesh product MDLs. All partners are based in New York.

In Washington DC, Ashcraft & Gerel LLP’s pharmaceutical and medical device group continues to handle a broad range of high-profile litigation. In 2016, Michelle Parfitt was appointed to serve as co-lead counsel in the Johnson & Johnson talc-based powder products MDL before the New Jersey District Court following various judgments against the company in other jurisdictions. Parfitt, Christopher Tisi and veteran litigator James Green have been acting for plaintiffs in morcellator lawsuits arising from claims that the surgical devices increase the risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissue in hysterectomies and myomectomies. The team is also currently handling negligent misrepresentation and failure to warn claims brought against Bayer regarding the company’s Essure birth control implant.

Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has notable experience serving in leadership positions in major drug and device MDLs. In 2017, Danielle Mason was appointed to the plaintiffs’ steering committee for the Invokana MDL consolidated in New Jersey federal court regarding allegations that Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ diabetes drug failed to warn for risks associated with its use. Meanwhile, Leigh O’Dell has been serving as co-lead counsel in the Johnson & Johnson talc MDL regarding allegations that the powder product causes ovarian cancer. The team includes the well-regarded Andy Birchfield, Navan Ward and Frank Woodson.

Under the leadership of Arnold Levin, Howard Sedran and Laurence Berman, Levin Sedran & Berman continues to handle a number of dangerous drug lawsuits, as well as medical malpractice and personal injury matters. Michael Weinkowitz continues to act as a committee member in the Xarelto and Yaz/Yasmin litigation. In the medical device arena, the group has been representing plaintiffs across the US in the Mirena IUD lawsuits and in litigation arising from the 2016 recall of the Stryker femoral head hip implant. The firm is headquartered in Philadelphia.

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