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DLA Piper LLP (US)
United States

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations; Consumer Goods, Food and Retail; Life Sciences; Healthcare




Buffy Mims is an accomplished trial attorney who handles cases in a wide range of practice areas, including product liability, toxic torts, commercial, consumer fraud and internal investigations.

She represents clients in the life sciences, automotive, food and beverage, government contracts and retail industries. She defends clients in complex and mass tort litigation in both state and federal multidistrict proceedings. She manages and develops the defense of product liability cases, analyzing ongoing litigation, coordinating the work of counsel across the country and preparing expert and company witnesses for trial.  Buffy’s experience in multi-jurisdictional product liability litigation includes acting as national counsel from the pre-trial discovery phase, to bellwether trials and resolution.

Buffy has achieved defense verdicts for clients in ‘bet-the-company’ trials.  With her trial partner, she obtained a complete defense verdict in a jury trial of six test plaintiffs alleging damages resulting from the spraying of an aerial herbicide in southern Columbia. She has also tried cases in an ATRA-certified ‘hellhole’ jurisdiction. In 2014, Buffy successfully tried a case on remand from an active MDL in federal court for a large pharmaceutical company. The jury returned a verdict as to all claims following a seven-day jury trial.


Chair, Litigation Forum, 2010-2012; Member, Alternate Housing Committee of the DC Board of Professional Responsibility; Defense Research Institute


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center; B.A., Temple University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort

Knowledgeable across a range of toxic-related matters, including chemical exposure, and strengthened by the recent recruitment of a number of accomplished trial lawyers, DLA Piper LLP (US) is increasingly well-positioned to guide defendants throughout the life cycle of litigation. Washington DC-based Buffy Mims co-heads the toxic tort sub-group, following her arrival from Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP in January 2021; she has particular expertise handling state and federal MDL proceedings. The ‘responsive and diligent‘ team is also appreciated for its ‘willingness to innovate‘ on billing and its conversance with hot-button issues including climate change and PFAS matters. On the West Coast, numerous practitioners have toxic tort/environmental litigation expertise, including San Francisco-based George Gigounas who handles national work as well as California’s Proposition 65 law matters.