Vance R. Andrus concentrates in the area of mass tort litigation. Mr. Andrus served for seven years as the chair of the Pstizfaden PSC in New Orleans and has also been involved in Fen-Phen, Baycol, Propulsid, Serzone and Meridia litigation. He is a member of AAJ’s Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP) Section, the Crestor Litigation Group, and the Dialysis Equipment, Products and Clinics Litigation Group. He is admitted to practice law in Louisiana and Colorado. Mr. Andrus has written and lectured on various legal topics. He is the founding partner of Andrus-Boudreaux, PLC with offices in Louisiana and Colorado.
Kimberly D. Barone Baden concentrates her practice in birth defect litigation, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect litigation. She is a member of AAJ’s Actos Litigation Group, Dialysis Equipment, Products and Clinics Litigation Group, Fosamax & Other Bisphosphonates Litigation Group, Nursing Homes Litigation Group, the Products Liability Section, and the Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Ms. Baden was listed as a 2013 South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star. She is a member of AAJ Leaders Forum, the American Bar Association, and the South Carolina Association for Justice. Motley Rice LLC is located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
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 co-lead 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 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.
Derek T. Braslow is a founding partner at Pogust Braslow & Millrood, LLC and has dedicated his career to seeking justice on behalf of individuals and families who have been injured by a defective product, dangerous pharmaceutical drug, or medical device. Mr. Braslow has been voted by his colleagues as a Rising Star and Super Lawyer in the area of Pharmaceutical and Mass Tort litigation in each of the last four years. He has lectured on issues ranging from federal preemption of drug products, antidepressants and suicide, antibiotics and tendon ruptures, clinical trials, bioethics and pharmaceutical litigation and policy. Derek is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, New Jersey Association for Justice, and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, the Preemption Law Litigation Group, the Zimmer Knee Litigation Group, and the Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts. Pogust Braslow & Millrood, LLC is located in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Christopher L. Coffin leads the pharmaceutical and medical device litigation practice at the law firm of Pendley, Baudin & Coffin, L.L.P., with offices in Plaquemines and New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been involved in multiple class action and mass tort cases throughout the United States. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, Products Liability Section, Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP), AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group, the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ), and the American Association of Nurse Attorneys. Mr. Coffin is a past president of the Rotary Club of Plaquemine and serves as a board member of the Iberville Foundation for Academic Excellence. He lectures nationwide and has written numerous articles on medical device and pharmaceutical litigation and defective products.
Jayne Conroy concentrates her practice in pharmaceutical actions on behalf of plaintiffs who were administered the drugs OxyContin, Zelnorm, Zyprexa, Vioxx, Celebrex, Bextra, gadolinium contrast dyes, Ephedra, Chantix, Yazmin, and Yaz. Ms. Conroy serves as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering and Coordinating Committees in several multidistrict pharmaceutical litigations, including in the DePuy Artificial Hip Implant Litigation. She is a member of AAJ’s Chantix Litigation Group, Propecia/Proscar Litigation Group, Reglan/Metoclopramide Litigation Group, and a Leaders Forum member. Ms. Conroy is a partner with Hanly Conroy Bierstein Sheridan Fisher & Hayes LLP in New York, New York.
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.
David H. Grounds concentrates his practice in employment, mass tort, pharmaceutical, and product liability litigation. He received his JD from Hamline University School of Law, an MBA from St. Thomas University School of Business, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Minnesota. Johnson Becker, PLLC is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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 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.
Ronald E. Johnson, Jr. concentrates his practice on complex litigation involving catastrophic injuries from defective medical devices, hospital mistakes, truck and car accidents, harmful consumer products and exposure to dangerous conditions on other’s property. Mr. Johnson is currently the cochair of the AAJ Toning Shoe Litigation Group, as well as a member of the Pain Pumps – Chondrolysis Litigation Group, the Pradaxa Litigation Group, and the Products Liability Section. He is also a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association, Northern Kentucky Bar Association, Louisville Bar Association, Cincinnati Bar Association, and an AAJ Leaders Forum member. Schachter Hendy & Johnson, P.S.C. is located in Fort Wright, Kentucky.
Michelle L. Kranz concentrates her practice in pharmaceutical and product liability mass tort, anti-trust, personal injury, construction and contract, and municipal litigation. Ms. Kranz serves as Liaison Counsel for the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc ASR Hip Implant MDL and on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee on Text Messaging Antitrust Litigation. Ms. Kranz serves on the Board of Directors of the Toledo Bar Association (TBA) and on several committees. She received TBA’s 2005 Trustees Award for professionalism in the practice of law and commitment to improving the legal profession. She also received the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s 2007 District 4 Community Service Award for attorneys under 40. Zoll, Kranz & Borgess, LLC is located in Toledo, Ohio.
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, co-lead 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.
David F. Miceli is of counsel in the pharmaceuticals department of the Simmons Firm. He has extensive experience litigating mass tort cases, including Vioxx, Bextra, Celebrex, PPA, Ephedra, Baycol, Chantix, and others. Mr. Miceli serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) of the Chantix MDL and served on the discovery team for the Bextra MDL. He also served on the PSC of the Trasylol MDL and is currently involved in pharmaceutical cases in the state courts of Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. He has authored several articles and lectures nationwide on pharmaceutical torts and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC has offices in Alton and Chicago, Illinois, Saint Louis, Missouri, and El Segundo and San Francisco, 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.
Daniel A. Nigh concentrates his practice in ATV and DePuy litigation in the mass torts litigation department of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. in Pensacola, Florida. He is a frequent lecturer and has coauthored journal articles regarding the DePuy ASR recall, the science behind the defects, and injuries and damages resulting from the defect. Mr. Nigh is an AAJ Leaders Forum member.
John M. Restaino, Jr., J.D., D.P.M., M.P.H. is an attorney, podiatric surgeon, and epidemiologist by training. Dr. Restaino concentrates his practice in mass torts, including breast implant, diet pill (Fen-Phen), Propulsid, Rezulin, phenylpropanolamine (PPA), Ortho Evra birth control patch, Vioxx, Zyprexa, Yaz/Yasmin, Gadolinium/NSF, and DePuy cases. He is a member of AAJ’s Pradaxa Litigation Group, Preemption Law Litigation Group, and the Topamax Litigation Group. The Restaino Law Firm is in Denver, Colorado.
Bill Robins, III concentrates his practice in personal injury, product liability, environmental, and commercial litigation. While pursuing his Juris Doctorate at the University of Houston Law School, he received the A.A. White Dean’s Scholarship, the Bankston, Wright & Greenhill Award, and the University of Houston Law Foundation Academic Excellence Award. He is a member of the Houston and American Bar Associations, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Association. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP) and served as cochair of AAJ’s Acetaminophen Injury Litigation Group. Heard Robins Cloud & Black LLP has offices in Houston, Texas, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Ryan L. Thompson is the managing partner of his firm's pharmaceutical and medical device litigation department and was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He is a member of AAJ's Leader's Forum, Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA)'s Board of Advocates, and San Antonio Trial Lawyer's Board of Directors. Mr. Thompson has been voted by his peers as one of San Antonio's Best Product Liability Lawyers since 2010, a Texas Rising Star in Products Liability cases since 2012, and was named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas in 2013. Mr. Thompson has led complex litigations in state and federal courts throughout the country in various leadership capacities, including roles as lead counsel, bellwether trial counsel, settlement counsel, and various committee member roles, including MDLs and various state court consolidations. Mr. Thompson is currently co-lead counsel in MDL No. 2452, In Re: Incretin-Based Therapies Products Liability Litigation. Watts Guerra LLP is located in San Antonio, Texas.
Navan Ward, Jr. concentrates his practice in pharmaceutical and nursing home litigation. Mr. Ward has lectured on hip replacement, Cox-2 drug, Permax/Ostinex litigation, hormone replacement therapy litigation, and nursing home litigation issues throughout the country. He was selected to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the DePuy Hip Implant Recall MDL and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Pinnacle Hip Replacement MDL. He serves as cochair for AAJ’s DePuy Metal on Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group, the vice president for the Young Lawyers Section of the Alabama State Bar, vice president for the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association, treasurer for the Capital City Bar Association, president for the Alabama Lawyers’ Association, and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. Mr. Ward is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association, the Mississippi Bar Association, and is an American Bar Association State Delegate for Alabama. He is a shareholder in the firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. located in Montgomery, Alabama.
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 co-lead counsel in the Mentor OB Tape MDL. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and was named as one of South Florida’s top lawyers by Miami Metro Magazine’s South Florida Legal Guide. He was also listed in Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and cochair of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Litigation Group. He is a shareholder in the law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. located in West Palm Beach, Florida.