Biography

Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1977
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Admitted pro hac vice in many states around the country

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV-Rated
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, ​Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, ​Personal Injury Defense: Products
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial, Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Nationwide), Product Liability and Mass Torts (Nationwide), Product Liability: Pharmaceutical (Nationwide)
  • Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence, 2014
  • ​Product Liability Attorney of the Year, LMG Life Sciences, 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Lawyer of the Year, ​Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2013
  • Top 50: 2013 Women, Mid-South Super Lawyers®
  • Benchmark Litigation Magazine, National Star, 2013
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Education & Honors

  • University of Arkansas, J.D., with high honors, 1977
    • Managing Editor, Arkansas Law Review
  • University of Arkansas, B.A., 1974
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Experience

  • Significant Trials and Representation
  • Linda Gross, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. - Product liability action involving pelvic mesh. Tried in Atlantic County, New Jersey. (Lead Counsel) (2013). 
  • Christina Su v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. - Product liability action involving prescription drug Fosamax. Tried in Atlantic County, New Jersey. (Lead Counsel) (2012).
  • Jo Ann Sessner v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. - Second New Jersey bellwether product liability case involving prescription drug Fosamax (Lead Counsel); resulted in defense verdict (2012).
  • Alison Rosenberg v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. - First New Jersey bellwether product liability trial involving prescription drug Fosamax (Lead Counsel) (2011). 
  • Robert Beare v. Johnson & Johnson, et al.- First New Jersey bellwether product liability case involving prescription drug Levaquin (Lead Counsel); resulted in defense verdict (2011).
  • Paul Gaffney v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. - First New Jersey bellwether product liability case involving prescription drug Levaquin; (Lead Counsel); resulted in defense verdict (2011). 
  • Brianna Maya v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. - Philadelphia trial involving product liability case in connection with Children's Motrin and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (Lead Counsel); resulted in plaintiff verdict (2011).
  • Christina Hoyt Hutto, et al. v. McNeil-PPC, Inc., et al. - wrongful death product liability action involving Tylenol (Lead Counsel) (La. 2010).
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Publications

  • "The Historical Rationale for Punitive Damages; Its Evolution and Current Application," National Conference of Judicial Excellence (2009). 
  • "Early and Often: The Trial Responses to Proffered Evidence of a Guilty Plea in a Pharmaceutical or Medical Device Trial," Defense Research Institute (2006). 
  • "Cross Examining the Personal Injury Plaintiff," Young Lawyers Seminar, Defense Research Institute (2006). 
  • "Expert Witnesses Effective (Cross) Examination and Jury Communication," American Conference Institute 10th Anniversary Drug & Medical Device Litigation (2005). 
  • "Current Issues in Pharmaceutical Litigation and Policy," American Bar Association Product Liability Committee (2004). 
  • "Ladies and Gentlemen, This is Not the Lottery (Defense of Catastrophic Damage Cases)," Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Seminar, Defense Research Institute (2004). 
  • "Creative Approaches to Punitive Damages," Iowa Defense Lawyers Association (2002). 
  • "Technology in the Courtroom," Arkansas Bar Association (2002). 
  • Faculty, National Trial Academy, TIPS Section of ABA (2000). 
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