Yvonne M. Flaherty concentrates her practice in the areas of complex class action and pharmaceutical/medical device litigation. She serves on AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, is the immediate past chair of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP), serves a vice chair of AAJ’s Litigation Group Leaders Council, and is a past chair of AAJ’s Women Trial Lawyers Caucus. She also serves on the Minnesota Association for Justice Board of Governors and Executive Committee and is a member of the Minnesota State, Hennepin County, and Federal Bar Associations. Ms. Flaherty has been appointed by the Court to serve on numerous committees in complex litigation involving the Learned Intermediary Doctrine, Claims Review, and Common Benefit Fees. Ms. Flaherty is a frequent lecturer on a variety of litigation topics, including mass torts, electronic discovery, Daubert, fee agreements, and the Learned Intermediary Doctrine. Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P. is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Michael R. Hugo concentrates his practice in toxic, environmental, and pharmaceutical litigation worldwide. Mr. Hugo has lectured internationally including at the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as several law schools. He was the lead author of the chapter on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in Litigating Tort Cases (AAJ Press/Thomson West). He served as a member of the settlement advisory committee and as liaison counsel to the Massachusetts Courts in silicone gel breast implant litigation, of the discovery committees for Rezulin and for Vioxx, and of the plaintiff steering committees in the Camp Lejeune and Chiquita Banana Human Rights MDLs. He is a member of AAJ’s Board of Governors and Leaders Forum, and serves as vice chair of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts. Mr. Hugo is the principal attorney in the firm, Hugo & Associates, in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Robert K. Jenner concentrates his practice in prescription drug and defective medical device litigation. He is listed in Maryland’s Super Lawyers and was recently named Best Lawyers 2013 “Lawyer of the Year—Baltimore Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions—Plaintiffs.” Mr. Jenner is a past president of Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ), serves on their Board of Governors, and was awarded MAJ’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award (2009). Mr. Jenner is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, cochair of AAJ’s Pradaxa Litigation Group and AAJ’s Pain Pump – Chondrolysis Litigation Group, and is vice chair of AAJ’s Publications Committee. Mr. Jenner works out of the Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, Baltimore, Maryland office where he leads the firm’s Mass Tort Division.
Gale D. Pearson concentrates her practice in medical device and pharmaceutical litigation. She represents plaintiffs against the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, environmental polluters, and fraudulent corporate practices. She has served on science committees for several MDL litigations, is a nationally certified clinical laboratory scientist, and was previously a certified real property appraiser. Ms. Pearson was recognized by the United States Supreme Court Justice Breyer for “Outstanding Pro-Bono Service” in representing victims in the September 11th Compensation Fund and by the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association as an “Outstanding Trial Lawyer.” Ms. Pearson frequently travels throughout the country as a speaker on scientific issues related to pharmaceutical products and complex interstate civil procedure challenges. She is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Minnesota Association of Justice, American Bar Association, Minnesota Women Trial Lawyers Association, and Hennepin County Bar Association. Ms. Pearson is a senior partner with the law firm of Pearson, Randall & Schumacher, P.A. in Minneapolis, Minnesota.