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.

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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
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 4th Circuit
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit
    • 7th Circuit

Distinctions

  • 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

  • Prepared dispositive motions, other pretrial motions, trial motions, and appellate briefing defending against personal injury claims involving Class II pelvic mesh medical devices in federal multidistrict litigation and various state courts.  These included issues such as preemption, personal jurisdiction, removal, the admissibility of expert testimony, discovery, and the substantive merits of the claims.
  • Successfully defended appeals related to pelvic mesh medical device claims in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  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); Weer v. Ethicon, Inc., 2016 WL 1359129 (4th Cir. Apr. 6, 2016) (affirming dismissal for failure to effect service).
  • Assisted motions team in Lewis v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. – first MDL bellwether product liability action involving client’s pelvic mesh medical device. Motion for summary judgment granted in favor of defendants on failure to warn and breach of warranty claims.  2014 WL 186869 (S.D. W. Va. Jan. 15, 2014).  Motion for judgment as a matter of law granted in favor of defendants, dismissing remaining claims.   Affirmed in full, Lewis v. Johnson & Johnson, 601 F. App’x 205 (4th Cir. 2015).
  • Assisted Trial Team in Gross v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. - New Jersey Pelvic Mesh Litigation - six-week jury trial in the Atlantic County, New Jersey Superior Court (2013).
  • Other representative decisions:
  • Nwatulegwu v. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharms., Inc., 2016 WL 4443600 (7th Cir. Aug. 22, 2016) (affirming dismissal for failure to comply with discovery order)
  • Ross et al. v. Dawson et al., No. 12-6478 (6th Cir. Sept. 27, 2013) (affirming dismissal of claim related to foreclosure of residential property for lack of standing).
  • Bryant v. Wyeth, Inc., 487 F. App'x 207 (5th Cir. 2012) (affirming summary judgment in favor of pharmaceutical manufacturer under Mississippi statute of limitations). 

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • ​Co-Author, "Time Flies! A Look Back at the Ten Key FDA Initiatives Over the Past Decade," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 11 No. 1, Winter 2018.
  • Speaker, “Personal Jurisdiction Post-Daimler: State of Law and Strategy,” International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Mid-Year Meeting, La Quinta, CA, February 11, 2018.
  • Author, “A Jurisdictional Trifecta: The Supreme Court Restores Order on Venue and Jurisdiction," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 10 No. 3 (2017).
  • Author, Pro Te: Solutio, “Norfolk Southern Ry. Co. v. Dolan: The End To Litigation Tourism In The City Of St. Louis?” Vol. 10 No. 2 (2017).
  • Co-Author, “Personal Jurisdiction Post-Daimler – As Plaintiffs Test Exceptions to Daimler’s Narrow Path, All Eyes on Appellate Courts,” 84 Def. Couns. J. ___ (2017).
  • Speaker, “Learning from the Law: Then & Now,” Mississippi Bar’s Women in the Profession Committee’s 23rd Annual Evelyn Gandy Lecture Series, Feb. 20, 2015.
  • Author, “2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil procedure:  What You Need to Know,” Pro Te Solutio, Fall 2015.
  • Author, “Product Defense and FDA Compliance,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 7 No. 1, 13-19, March 2014.
  • Author, “When a Facebook Like Comes Back to Bite: The FDA’s Approach to Social Media,” Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 6 No. 2, May 2013.
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