Chris has defended a wide variety of product lines ranging from pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to consumer, commercial, and industrial products and manufacturing systems. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers

Biography

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1996
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Alabama: Northern, Middle, Southern
  • U.S. Court Of Appeals
    • 11th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Rotary Club of Birmingham
  • Monday Morning Quarterback Club

Distinctions

  • AV-Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Alabama Super Lawyers®, Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2013
  • Leadership Birmingham, Class of 2015

Education & Honors

  • Samford University, J.D., 1996
    • Dean’s List
    • Articles Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy
    • Cordell Hull Legal Research and Writing Teaching Fellow
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A., Geology and Environmental Studies, 1991

Experience

  • In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2385 (Coordinating Counsel, Bellwether Discovery Team).
  • In re: Accutane Litigation, Superior Court of N.J., Case Code No. 271 (Core Discovery Team).
  • Provide regulatory counsel on a broad range of FDA-related matters to medical device and pharmaceutical companies, physician practices, hospitals, and academic institutions regarding pathways to market, post-approval compliance, advertising and promotional compliance, enforcement actions, regulatory risk management, and regulatory due diligence for corporate transactions.
  • Defended a wide variety of product lines ranging from pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to consumer, commercial, and industrial products and manufacturing systems.

Publications

  • Author, "Collaboration: Part of the Pharmaceutical Industry's New Normal," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 7 No. 2, 25-31, June 2014.
  • Co-Author, "What Do California, Vermont and Alabama Have in Common?" Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 6 No. 3, September 2013.
  • Speaker, "Alternative Fee Arrangements & Value Billing," IADC 2013 Annual Meeting, July 8, 2013.
  • Speaker, "The Future of the Legal Services Industry," IADC & FDCC Joint Law Firm Management Conference, May 10, 2013.
  • Co-Author, "What Do California, Vermont … and Alabama Have In Common?: Innovator-Liability for Brand-Name Prescription Drug Manufacturers," IADC Committee Newsletter (February 2013). 
  • Co-Author, "The Mississippi Supreme Court Issues A Get-Out-of-Jail Card to Unlicensed Engineers Offering Expert Testimony," IADC Committee Newsletter (December 2012).
  • Moderator, "The Decision to Seek Arbitration – Be Careful What You Wish For …," IADC Annual Meeting (July 2012).
  • Moderator, "Why Clients Are Demanding Value and What Law Firms Are Doing (or Not) to Meet The Challenge," IADC Midyear Meeting (February 2012).
  • Author, "Alabama Now Recognizes A Civil Cause of Action for the Wrongful Death of A Non-viable Fetus," IADC Medical Defense & Health Law Committee Newsletter (October 2011).
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