Susanna practices in the firm’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Group and focuses her practice on product liability law, drug and medical devices, and appellate matters.  Most recently, she has served as a lead motion coordinator for a major medical device company in one of the largest product liability MDLs in history.  She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® and has successfully defended drug and medical device companies in appeals in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2011
  • Tennessee, 2011
  • Louisiana, 2011
  • New York, 2010
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
    • Louisiana: Eastern
    • Tennessee: Western, Eastern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 1st Circuit
    • 2nd Circuit
    • 4th Circuit
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit
    • 7th Circuit
    • 8th Circuit
    • 9th Circuit
    • 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Ones to Watch, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2021-2022
  • Adjunct Professor, Mississippi College School of Law, 2009-2010

Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009
    • Editor-in-Chief, Mississippi Law Journal, 2008-2009
    • Moot Court Board Member
  • Yale University, B.A., English, 2006
  • Clerkship, Honorable Leslie H. Southwick, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2009-2010

Experience

  • Lead motions team in Pelvic Mesh Products Liability Litigation, including In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2327, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia; In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare multicounty litigation (New Jersey)
  • Lead motions team in Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation, including In re: Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2782, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; In re: Proceed Mesh multicounty litigation (New Jersey)
  • Susanna has successfully defended drug and medical device companies in appeals in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, including:
    • Salinero v. Johnson & Johnson, 995 F.3d 959 (11th Cir. 2021) (affirming summary judgment on failure to warn claim and rejecting exception to learned intermediary doctrine)
    • Clabo v. Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc. et al., 982 F.3d 989 (6th Cir. 2020) (affirming summary judgment on the basis of statute of repose)
    • Nwatulegwu v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharms., Inc., 2016 WL 4443600 (7th Cir. Aug. 22, 2016) (affirming dismissal for failure to comply with discovery order)
    • Weer v. Ethicon, Inc., 2016 WL 1359129 (4th Cir. Apr. 6, 2016) (affirming dismissal for failure to effect service)
    • Flores v. Ethicon, Inc. et al., 563 F. App’x 266 (4th Cir. 2014) (affirming dismissal for failure to comply with pretrial orders and denial of motion to remand)
    • Huston v. Ethicon, Inc., 585 F. App’x 165 (4th Cir. 2014) (affirming dismissal for failure to comply with pretrial orders)
    • Bryant v. Wyeth, Inc., 487 F. App’x 207 (5th Cir. 2012) (affirming summary judgment in favor of drug manufacturer under Mississippi statute of limitations)

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