Michael S. Appel concentrates his practice in medical negligence, pharmaceutical, and products liability litigation. He served on the plaintiff’s coordinating council in the Massachusetts Fen-Phen diet drug litigation. He has lectured on issues of evidence and trial practice and is special counsel to the Supreme Judicial Court committee on professional responsibility for clerks of the court. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and Massachusetts Super Lawyers, is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and a member of AAJ, Boston Bar Association, and Massachusetts Bar Association. Mr. Appel is a partner of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts.
Sindhu Susan Daniel is counsel to Seeger Weiss LLP in Newark, New Jersey. Ms. Daniel concentrates her practice in pharmaceutical injury intake litigation, including Yaz/Yasmin, Pain Pump, Fosamax, Chantix, Chinese Drywall, and Vioxx. She received her Bachelor’s Degree and J.D. from Temple University. She is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts.
Stephen J. Herman, course advisor, is a partner of Herman, Herman, & Katz, L.L.P. in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as the national firm of Herman Gerel, LLP, with central offices in Atlanta, Georgia. Developing a broad civil practice, Mr. Herman teaches complex litigation at both Tulane and Loyola Law Schools. He serves on the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board as a Hearing Officer, the Board of Directors for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, AAJ’s Board of Governors, and AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees. He is the author of America and the Law: Challenges for the 21st Century (Austin & Winfield 1998). He served as president of the Civil Justice Foundation, received AAJ’s Wiedemann-Wysocki Award, is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, and is cochair of AAJ’s Gulf Coast Spill Litigation Group.
Andrea S. Hirsch is a senior associate at Herman Gerel, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, concentrating in complex consumer class action litigation. Prior to practicing in the private sector, she served as an assistant attorney general for Georgia, where she concentrated on public safety, administrative law, and civil litigation issues. Ms. Hirsch is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum.
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.
Joseph A. Kott, M.D., JD is of counsel with Herman, Herman & Katz, L.L.C. Dr. Kott received his JD from Loyola University School of Law, Bachelor of Science degree from Tulane University, and his M.D. from Louisiana State University Medical School. He concentrates in medical negligence and medical products liability litigation. Dr. Kott is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, AAJ’s Professional Negligence Section, and AAJ’s Leaders Forum.
Noah H. Kushlefsky concentrates in general negligence, automobile product liability, medical negligence, toxic and environmental torts, insurance, bus, and aviation litigation. He served on the plaintiff’s committee in the litigation arising out of the crash of Swissair Flight 111 and of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Mr. Kushlefsky is active in the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. He is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, AAJ’s Leaders Forum, and is a board member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Kushlefsky is a partner of Kreindler & Kriendler LLP.
R. Clay Milling concentrates his practice in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. He serves on the executive committee of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Assocation (GTLA) and is cochair of GTLA’s constitutional challenge committee. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, is listed in Super Lawyers, and a member of the Million Dollar Advocacy Forum. Mr. Milling is a member of AAJ’s Board of Governors, Leaders Forum, and Litigation Group Leaders Council and serves as Georgia’s state delegate to AAJ. The firm of Henry, Speigel & Milling, LLP is located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Tobias L. Millrood concentrates his practice in numerous mass torts, including Fen-Phen, Vioxx, Baycol, Meridia, Thimerosal, Ephedra, and hormone therapy. Mr. Millrood served as liaison counsel in the consolidated Hormone Therapy Mass Tort Litigation in Philadelphia County. Mr. Millrood is a prior member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (formally the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association) (PAJ), a member of PAJ, past chair of AAJ’s Hormone Therapy Litigation Group, chair of AAJ’s Section and Litigation Group Coordination Committee, and AAJ’s Board of Governors. He is a frequent speaker at various seminars, on the topic of mass tort litigation, hormone therapy, cardiac device litigation, and the ethics of settling mass tort cases. Mr. Millrood is a partner in the firm Pogust, Braslaw & Millrood, LLC in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Michelle A. Parfitt, course advisor, concentrates her practice in pharmaceutical, medical device, and products liability cases. She is a past member of AAJ’s Section and Litigation Group Coordination Committee and an AAJ’s Leaders Forum member. Currently, Ms. Parfitt serves on the plaintiff’s steering, science, discovery, and expert committees to In re: Gadolinium Based Contrast Agent Litigation. She has previously been appointed by the court to serve on the plaintiff’s steering, discovery, and expert committees for numerous pharmaceutical and medical device cases. She is a past president of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC (TLA-DC) and has served as an officer and member of the Board of Governors for that association since 1998. Ms. Parfitt is a past committee member for the TLA-DC’s Women’s Trial Education programs. She sits as a Board Member on the Council for Court Excellence located in Washington, DC, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in Washington, DC, and “Top Washingtonian Lawyers,” and is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, Virginia State Bar, Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA), and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and has served in numerous leadership and committee positions. She has been an active lecturer and author on mass tort litigation, scientific, and medical evidence in pharmaceutical and medical device cases for AAJ, State Bar Associations, and numerous national continuing legal education programs. Ms. Parfitt has cochaired the Women’s Bar Association Sections on Litigation, Immigration and Naturalization, and Executive Endorsements. Ms. Parfitt is a senior partner of Ashcraft & Gerel, L.L.P. in Washington, DC where she heads the Mass Tort Practice Section.
Kristian Rasmussen concentrates his practice in pharmaceutical, mass torts, class action, and personal injury litigation. Mr. Rasmussen is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, AAJ’s Litigation Group Leaders Council, and AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts. Mr. Rasmussen is cochair of AAJ’s Chantix Litigation Group and past cochair of AAJ’s Vioxx/Bextra Litigation Group. Mr. Rasmussen currently serves on the plaintiffs’ steering committee as cochair of the discovery committee for MDL No. 2092, In re: Chantix Products Liability Litigation. Mr. Rasmussen’s prior litigation experience includes being designated as colead trial counsel for MDL No. 1632, In re: High Sulfur Content Gasoline Products Liability Litigation and serving as a member of the plaintiffs steering committee as cochair of the discovery committee for MDL No. 1699, In re: Bextra and Celebrex Unfair Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation. Before entering private practice, Mr. Rasmussen prosecuted cases as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Florida, and served the United States Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Mr. Rasmussen is a partner with Birmingham, Alabama based Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris, P.C.
James R. Roy concentrates in maritime personal injury, wrongful death, class action, business, and complex litigation. He is a past president of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers, and inducted as a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the Louisiana State University alumni board of trustees. Mr. Roy is a member of AAJ’s Admiralty Law Section and Motor Vehicle Highway and Premises Liability Section. Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, L.L.C. is in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Anthony Tarricone concentrates his practice in aviation and aircraft collision, products liability, medical negligence, complex personal injury, and wrongful death litigation. Mr. Tarricone is a past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, where he continues to serve as a governor and member of the executive committee. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyer. Mr. Tarricone is a past president of AAJ, serves on AAJ’s Hall of Fame, International Relations, and Legal Affairs Committees, and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. Mr. Tarricone is a partner with Kreindler & Kreindler LLP in Boston, Massachusetts.