Thomas R. Anapol concentrates his practice in medical device, pharmaceutical, mesothelioma, and other catastrophic injury related civil litigation. He has served in a variety of leadership capacities in various state and MDL plaintiff steering committees (PSC) including Stryker Rejuvenate & ABG II New Jersey state litigation, and pelvic mesh. He currently serves on the Discovery Committee in the DePuy ASR MDL Hip Implant Litigation and as colead counsel in the Biomet Metal on Metal (MoM) Hip Implant Litigation. He is an AAJ Leader’s Forum member and is cochair of AAJ’s DePuy Metal on Metal Litigation Group and AAJ’s Biomet Hip Implants Litigation Group, and a member of AAJ’s Sections and Litigation Group Coordination Committee (SLGCC). He serves on the Pennsylvania Association for Justice’s (PAJ) Board of Governors, as its Treasurer, and as chair of the PAJ Budget and Finance Committee and Business Partners Committee. Mr. Anapol has been named a Super Lawyer in Pennsylvania every year since 2006 and was named one of the top 100 lawyers in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia in 2012 and in 2013. Mr. Anapol lectures on mass tort litigation for AAJ, PAJ and other legal seminars across the country. Mr. Anapol is a shareholder of Anapol Schwartz, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he cochairs the firm’s mass tort department.
Benjamin H. Anderson concentrates his practice in medical negligence, personal injury, pharmaceutical, and medical device litigation. He served on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee and the Discovery Committee of the In re: Telectronics Pacing Systems Inc. pacemaker litigation and on the Phentermine Discovery Committee in In re: Diet Pill. He also served as national counsel in the In re: Sulzer Hip litigation and on the discovery committees of several other MDLs, including Avandia and Vioxx. He has lectured nationwide on medical negligence, mass torts, and trial skills. He is a member of the American Association for Justice and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association for Justice. He is the founding member of Anderson Law Offices, LLC, located in Cleveland, Ohio.
Michael L. Baum concentrates his practice in pharmaceutical, wrongful death, commercial transportation, airline, and personal injury litigation. He is a senior partner at and heads the pharmaceutical litigation department of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC, with offices in Los Angeles, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Washington, DC. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and Aviation Counsel Magazine's List of Recommended High Flyers. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Mr. Baum is also a member of the California Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and the Consumer Attorneys of California. He has lectured nationwide on issues relating to pharmaceutical litigation, and was awarded the National Air Disaster Foundation Award in 2002.
Timothy L. Becker, course advisor, concentrates his practice in defective drug and medical devices and products litigation. He served on the science team in In re: Zicam Cold Remedy Marketing Sales Practice Litigation, on the law and briefing committee in In re: DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, and has served as colead counsel in several other MDLs, including In re: Zimmer NexGen Knee Products Liability Litigation. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, Products Liability Section, and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts, serves on AAJ’s Litigation Group Leaders Council, and has been named to Minnesota Super Lawyers. Mr. Becker is a founding partner at Johnson Becker, PLLC in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Brandon L. Bogle is an associate at the law firm of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.C., in Pensacola, Florida. He concentrates his practice in pharmaceuticals, mass tort, and products liability litigation. Prior to joining Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.C., he practiced as an Assistant Public Defender in the Eighteenth and Fourteenth Judicial Circuits, where he was lead counsel in over fifteen jury trials. Mr. Bogle was recognized as instrumental in DUI defense litigation and selected as the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers DUI scholarship recipient for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in 2009. Prior to graduating from the Florida State University College of Law, he worked for the Department of Community Affairs, addressing statewide growth management and land use planning issues.
Martin D. Crump concentrates his practice in nursing home neglect, medical negligence, pharmaceutical, and medical device litigation. He is an AAJ Leaders Forum member, and a member of the Mississippi Association for Justice and the Harrison County Bar and Mississippi Bar Associations. He is a member of AAJ’s Business Torts Section and Products Liability Section. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Crump was a surveyor technician with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and served in the United States Army Reserve for eight years, including Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He is former cochair of the Darvocet Litigation Group and currently serves as cochair of the Transvaginal Mesh Litigation Group and the Medtronic Bone Infuse Litigation Group. Mr. Crump serves on the Plaintiffs’ MDL Steering Committee for the Hydroxycut, Darvocet, Chantix, Skechers, Avaulta, Ethicon, Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, and Propecia litigations. He serves as the colead counsel for the Hydroxycut consolidated litigation proceeding in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and as the colead counsel for the Skechers consolidated proceedings in Los Angeles, California. He is a partner in the law firm of Davis & Crump, P.C., located in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Yvonne M. Flaherty, course advisor, 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), a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, serves as 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.
Peter J. Flowers is a partner at the law firm of Meyers & Flowers, located in Chicago, Illinois, where he concentrates his practice in medical negligence, workplace injury, motor vehicle collision, and products liability litigation. He is a member of the American Association for Justice’s Leaders Forum and a former president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Illinois’ Workers Compensation Association. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer since 2008.
Laura Benitez Geisler concentrates her practice in personal injury and civil rights litigation. She is a member of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, serves on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Bar Association, and is a former president of both the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Dallas Women Lawyers Association. She was a featured speaker on “America’s Most Influential Women in Law” on the Forbes Skyradio Network, was voted one of the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” in D Magazine, and named as a Thompson Reuters Texas Super Lawyer “Rising Star.” In 2011, she was selected by the Hispanic National Bar Association as a “Top Hispanic Lawyer Under 40.” She has lectured on topics including personal injury cases, networking, and managing a small firm, and has published articles in Security Journal and Texas Lawyer. The Geisler Law Firm is located in Dallas, Texas.
Ben W. Gordon, Jr. has over twenty years of mass tort litigation experience and concentrates his practice in personal injury, mass tort, and drug and medical device litigation. Mr. Gordon is licensed to practice law before all state and federal courts in Alabama and Florida, the United States Court of Military Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Gordon is the author of several published articles concerning medical and legal aspects of defective products such as silicone gel breast implants and dangerous drugs like Fen-Phen. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. He has worked on a variety of other mass tort litigation including Rezulin, ephedra, Sulzer implants, Renu contact lenses, and Avandia; and serves as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for Judge David Katz, who oversees MDL 2197, In re: DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation. He is a partner at the law firm of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. in Pensacola, Florida, where he manages the firm’s Chinese Drywall Department and Orthopedic Hip Implant Division.
Denman H. Heard is a partner in the law firm of Heard Robins Cloud & Black LLP, with offices in Houston, Texas, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, toxic exposure, occupational disease, and products liability litigation. He was featured as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), AAJ’s Leaders Forum, and the Houston Trial Lawyers Association. He is a Director of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and is a past recipient of the University of Texas Law Center Rising Star Award. He has spoken at several seminars and authored papers on toxic tort litigation and the recovery of punitive damages.
Tor Hoerman is the founding member of TorHoerman Law LLC, with offices in Chicago and Edwardsville, Illinois. He concentrates his practice in pharmaceutical litigation and consumer safety. He is an AAJ Leaders Forum member and has held several leadership positions in national litigation efforts on behalf of clients injured by pharmaceutical products. He was named a Top 100 Lawyer and a Top 5% of Illinois Lawyers by SuperLawyers.
Michael K. Johnson is a partner at Johnson Becker, PLLC, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He concentrates his practice on national products liability, medical device, and pharmaceutical litigation. He is Co-Chair of the American Association for Justice’s Products Liability Section and a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. He was selected as a Lawyer of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer in 2009 and was awarded the Stephen J. Sharpe Public Service Award by AAJ in 2012. He has been chosen as a Super Lawyer by the Minnesota Business Monthly and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He was also named a “Rising Star” by Minnesota Law & Politics twice and lectures nationally on issues relating to pharmaceutical and medical device litigation.
Lawrence L. Jones, II is a partner at Jones Ward, PLC, a nationwide mass torts and class action law firm in Louisville, Kentucky, where he concentrates his practice in class action, pharmaceuticals, medical device, and personal injury litigation. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. He was selected as Kentucky Super Lawyer, is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and was selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Kentucky. He has been selected as one of Louisville’s Top Lawyers by Louisville Magazine multiple times and was recently selected as one of Kentucky’s Top Rated Lawyers. He was selected as an Outstanding Young Professional Alumnus by the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2010 and named one of the Top 40 Under Forty by Business First in 2005. He has served three terms on the Louisville Bar Association’s Board of Directors, is the past chair of the Louisville Bar Association’s Litigation Young Lawyers Sections, serves on the Board of Governors of both AAJ and the Kentucky Association for Justice, and is an AAJ Political Action Committee Member. In 2009, Mr. Jones was appointed to serve as a Special Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court, making him one of the youngest justices in Kentucky history.
Peter L. Kaufman concentrates his practice in mass tort pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. He is a frequent speaker on pharmaceutical litigation. He is a member of AAJ's Leaders Forum. Panish, Shea & Boyle LLP is located in Los Angeles, California.
Karen Barth Menzies, course advisor, concentrates her practice in plaintiffs’ pharmaceutical mass tort and consumer class actions. She served as the lead plaintiffs’ counsel in the Paxil MDL, Central District of California. She is currently a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Avandia MDL, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and coliaison counsel for the Paxil Birth Defects litigation pending in Philadelphia. She is currently the cochair of the Commercial and Marketing Committee for the Zoloft MDL, colead counsel for the Lexapro/Celexa cases coordinated in Missouri state court, and lead counsel for the Fosamax litigation coordinated in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. She is cochair of AAJ’s DePuy Metal on Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group and a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. Ms. Menzies has testified three times before the FDA and also before the California State Senate regarding the risks of pharmaceutical drugs. She has published numerous articles and speaks on preemption, FDA, and pharmaceutical drug risks to both legal and medical organizations. She is a partner at the law firm of Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. in Newport Beach, California, with offices in Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California.
Tobias L. Millrood, course advisor, 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 (formerly 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 member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. 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 Braslow & Millrood in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Ellen R. Relkin is of counsel to Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. in New York City and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. She has been elected as a 2013 “Super Lawyer” of New Jersey and New York as well as selected for the 2013 edition of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. Ms. Relkin is colead counsel in the DePuy MDL litigation. She is Chair of the PSC in the New Jersey Multi-County Stryker Rejuvenate/ABG II Hip Implant Litigation and serves on the PSC of the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation. Ms. Relkin is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and serves on the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Association for Justice as well as the Roscoe Pound Foundation. She is a former chair of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP).
Carmen S. Scott concentrates her practice in medical negligence, pharmaceuticals, and personal injury litigation. She currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the In re: NuvaRing Products Liability Litigation MDL and has litigated cases involving Digitek in the In re: Digitek Products Liability Litigation MDL. Ms. Scott is a frequent speaker on medical litigation and topics involving women’s products and regularly lectures at both legal seminars and public advocacy events on issues such as plaintiffs’ rights in medical negligence and pharmaceuticals litigation. She has been quoted in several national media outlets and publications, including The Associated Press, NBC News, Marie Claire, Mother Jones, and The Safety Report. She was selected for inclusion in the 2013 South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. She is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, the American Bar Association, the South Carolina Association for Justice, and the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association. She serves as Vice Chair on the Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina. Motley Rice LLC has offices in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Providence, Rhode Island; New Orleans, Louisiana; Hartford, Connecticut; New York, New York; Washington, DC; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Los Angeles, California.
Ryan L. Thompson is a managing partner of Watts Guerra, LLP’s pharmaceutical and medical device litigation department in San Antonio, Texas. He is an American Association for Justice Leaders Forum member.
C. Calvin Warriner, III concentrates his practice in pharmaceutical, medical device, healthcare, and insurance litigation as well as medical negligence and products liability. He serves on the Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee and as colead counsel in the Mentor OB Tape MDL. Mr. Warriner is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and has been named as one of South Florida’s top lawyers by Miami Metro Magazine’s South Florida Legal Guide. He has also been listed in Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Warriner is a Leaders Forum member of AAJ. Mr. Warriner is a shareholder in the law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. located in West Palm Beach, Florida.