Timothy J. 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 (STEP), serves on AAJ’s Litigation Group Leaders Council, and has been named to Minnesota’s Super Lawyers. He is also cochair of AAJ’s Propecia/Proscar and Zimmer Knee Litigation Groups. Mr. Becker is a founding partner at Johnson Becker, PLLC in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Laurie J. Briggs concentrates her practice in tobacco litigation at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA in West Palm Beach, Florida. Previously, she has worked on products liability, catastrophic automobile collision, personal injury, and commercial litigation cases. Ms. Briggs serves on the board of directors for the Florida Justice Association (FJA) and is currently the chair of FJA’s Women’s Caucus. She is a member of the Florida Bar, American Bar Association, Palm Beach County Bar Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union. She serves on the board of directors for the Florida Association of Counsel for Children. Ms. Briggs is the president of the law firm's employee charity, SDSBS Giving B.A.C.K. (Basic Acts of Community Kindness). She also serves as president of the board of directors for Friends of Abused Children, Inc. and as vice-president of her homeowner’s association board of directors.
Yvonne M. Flaherty, course advisor, concentrates her practice in the areas of complex class action and pharmaceutical and 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. She 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. She 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 AAJ’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 Associations. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer since 2008.
Brenda S. Fulmer concentrates her practice in defective medical devices and drugs. Ms. Fulmer is a member of the Palm Beach County Justice Association, Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and FJA. She serves on AAJ’s Board of Governors and FJA’s Board of Governors. She is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, cochair of AAJ’s Pradaxa Litigation Group, and is active in multidistrict litigation discovery committee work for various national pharmaceutical and medical device mass torts. Ms. Fulmer is a partner and shareholder of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Michael Hingle is the founding attorney of Michael Hingle & Associates, LLC located in Slidell, Louisiana. He is the chair of AAJ’s Stryker Shapematch Cutting Guide Software Litigation Group, a member of the Admiralty Law, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Sections, and the Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP), as well as the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. He is a past member of the Louisiana Association of Justice’s Board of Governors, a current member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, the Louisiana Association of Justice, the National Trial Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Louisiana Bar Association, and the Public Justice Association.
Robert K. Jenner, course advisor, 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 the Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ), serves on its 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 Pain Pump−Chondrolysis Litigation Group, and is Chair of AAJ’s Publications Committee. He is currently co-lead counsel of the toning shoes MDL (In re: Skechers Toning Shoe Products Liability Litigation); and colead counsel for the Massachusetts state consolidation of GranuFlo cases (In re: Consolidated Fresenius Cases). Mr. Jenner works out of the Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC Baltimore, Maryland office where he leads the firm’s Mass Tort Department.
Peter Kaufman is an attorney with Panish, Shea & Boyle LLP, located in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Kaufman concentrates his practice in mass tort pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. He currently serves as the cochair of the Trial Package Committee for the Vioxx Multi-District Litigation (MDL). Mr. Kaufman is a frequent speaker on pharmaceutical litigation, covering topics such as scientific evidence, trial preparation, and case selection criteria. In the past, he was a frequent contributor to GoLeft.TV and served as Legal Counsel for the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts (WAMMA). Mr. Kauffman is an AAJ Leaders Forum member.
Michael A. Kelly is an attorney with Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, located in San Francisco, California where he concentrates his practice in medical devices, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, medical negligence, product liability, government liability, and mass tort litigation. Mr. Kelly has been annually selected by Super Lawyers as one of the Top Ten lawyers in Northern California. In 2012 he was honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California with the Robert E. Cartwright award, given to a member of the association for contributions to the teaching of trial advocacy. He has served on the National and Foundation Board of the American Board of Trial Advocacy (ABOTA) and is a past president of the International Society of Barristers. He is a member of AAJ’s Yaz/Yasmin Litigation Group and a member of the Products Liability Section.
Brian D. Ketterer is a partner with the law firm of Janet, Jenner & Suggs. He concentrates his practice in pharmaceutical and medical device liability, and catastrophic personal injury litigation. He is cochair of the Science and Expert Committee of the national Granuflo litigation. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, and Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Mr. Ketterer is also a member of AAJ’s Dialysis Equipment, Products and Clinics Litigation Group, Pradaxa Litigation Group, and Section on Environmental, Toxic, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC is located in Baltimore, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts, and Columbia, South Carolina.
Jennifer A. Lawrence concentrates her practice in medical negligence, bringing claims against hospitals, physicians, healthcare providers, nursing homes, product manufacturers, trucking corporations, and their insurance companies. Ms. Lawrence has been an invited speaker at the Ohio Justice Association, the Kentucky Justice Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, and the Northern Kentucky Bar Association. She is a past board member of AAJ’s Birth Trauma Litigation Group. Ms. Lawrence works out of the Lawrence Firm, PSC located in Covington, Kentucky.
Irwin B. Levin concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation and class actions. He has been counsel in class actions involving securities fraud, insurance and consumer protection throughout the United States, and has actively litigated in the drug litigation arena. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Levin has been listed as an Indiana Super Lawyer from 2004-2013, and was also voted into the top 10 from 2008-2012. Mr. Levin is the managing partner of Cohen & Malad, LLP, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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.
Michael J. Miller concentrates his practice in medical negligence, HMO, and pharmaceutical litigation. Mr. Miller is a senior partner at The Miller Firm LLC, located in Orange, Virginia. Mr. Miller often lectures on such topics as HMO litigation, ERISA pre-emption, pharmaceutical litigation, trial technique, and evidence. Mr. Miller is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the D.C. Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and AAJ’s Leaders Forum. He is a member of AAJ’s Products Liability Section, Professional Negligence Section, and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Tort, as well as AAJ’s Avandia, Vaccines, and Reglan/Metoclopramide Litigation Groups.
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.
Jennifer A. Moore has dedicated her practice to representing individuals and families who have been injured as a result of harmful drugs, products and medical devices, medical negligence, nursing home neglect and abuse, and automobile and truck wrecks. She is a founding partner of Grossman & Moore, PLLC in Louisville, Kentucky. She has served as court-appointed liaison counsel in a multi-district litigation involving a defective product and as trial counsel in numerous cases holding wrongdoers accountable. Ms. Moore is a member of the Louisville, Kentucky, California, and American Bar Associations, American Association for Justice, and the Kentucky Justice Association (KJA). Ms. Moore is also the cochair of AAJ’s da Vinci Robotic Litigation Group.
James A. Morris is an attorney with Weitz and Luxenberg, in Los Angeles, California. Prior to working at Weitz and Luxenberg, Mr. Morris was the founder and managing attorney at Morris Law Firm in Austin, TX. He is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and was named a Texas Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine from 2007-2011. Mr. Morris concentrates his practice in asbestos-cancer and defective-drugs litigation. He is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and AAJ’s Preemption Law Litigation Group and the Reglan/Metoclopramide Litigation Group.
Bryan Pfleeger practices at Michael Hingle & Associates, LLC located in Slidell, Louisiana. Mr. Pleeger is a member of the Stryker Shapematch Cutting Guide Software Litigation Group.
Jeffrey Raizner is partner at Doyle Raizner, LLP, located in Houston, Texas. He is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and his trial practice includes the representation of plaintiffs in maritime personal injury, international and trans-national personal injury, including overseas work and holiday injury claims, and insurance bad faith. He is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (UK), and the former president-elect for the Houston Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of AAJ’s Bad Faith Insurance, Mirena IUD, Pradaxa, and Superstorm Sandy Litigation Groups, as well as a member of the Insurance Law Section. Mr Raizener is an AAJ Leaders Forum member.
Troy Rafferty is a shareholder in the law firm of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Proctor & Rafferty, P.A. in Pensacola, Florida. He concentrates his practice in products liability, mass tort, pharmaceutical, personal injury, wrongful death, and civil rights litigation. Mr. Rafferty has been recognized as one of the country's top lawyers through inclusion in the publication, The Best Lawyers in America, as well as The Legal 500. He has also been recognized as one of Florida's top lawyers by Florida Super Lawyers. Mr. Rafferty is a frequent lecturer throughout the country to trial lawyers on mass tort litigation and general trial practice. He is active in the Florida Justice Association where he is an officer and in the past served on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. Mr. Rafferty is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and the Preemption Law Litigation Group.
Adam Slater is a partner in Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, LLC, located in Roseland, NJ. He specializes in complex civil litigation cases, including professional malpractice, personal injury, class actions, mass torts, wrongful death, products liability, construction accidents, and commercial litigation. Mr. Slater was recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. He lectures on trial practice for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the American Association for Justice. Mr. Slater is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice.
Kathryn A. Snapka focuses her practice in complex personal injury, pharmaceutical, and commercial litigation. She is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and board certified in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocates. Ms. Snapka is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Corpus Christi Bar Association, American Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. She is also the former president of the Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates (Tex-ABOTA). Ms. Snapka has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating “AV” and has been named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine every year since 2003. She was also named to one of the 50 top Women Lawyers by Texas Monthly. She is a member of AAJ’s Dialysis Equipment, Products and Clinics Litigation Group, the Products Liability Section, and the Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts. The Snapka Law Firm is located in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Erik B. Walker concentrates his practice in mass tort litigation, with an emphasis on pharmaceutical products. He specializes in appellate practice, law and briefing and oral argument on legal issues. Mr. Walker serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Transvaginal Mesh and Hormone Therapy MDL proceedings. He is chair of the Law and Briefing Committee of the hormone therapy litigation. He has authored various legal publications for AAJ's Trial magazine, including the article, “Keep Your Case in State Court." Mr. Walker is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and is a partner at Hissey Kientz, L.L.P. in Austin, Texas.