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Section on Toxic Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP)

PLEASE NOTE: AS OF JANUARY 26, 2023, THIS SECTION HAS BEEN SPLIT INTO THE Environmental and Toxic Torts Section AND Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Section.

The Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Section focuses on pharmaceutical products and medical devices, including orthopedic implants, prescription drug side-effects, manufacturer and distributor liability, class action and multidistrict litigation, federal preemption, and other theories of liability.

Section Leadership

  • Chair: O. Mark Zamora | Mark Zamora Law, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Chair-Elect: Kelly K. McNabb | Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, San Francisco, CA
  • Vice Chair: Benjamin Gastel | Branstetter Stranch & Jennings, PLLC, Nashville, TN
  • Membership Liaison: Christina Natale | Bailey Glasser, LLP, Washington, DC
  • Secretary: Annesley DeGaris | DeGaris & Rogers, LLC, Birmingham, AL
  • Online Content Editor (OCE): Anne Rice Ervin | Motley Rice LLC, Mt. Pleasant, SC
  • Online Content Editor (OCE): David Stern | ASK LLP, St. Paul, MN
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Section Leadership

  • Chair: Kevin S. Hannon | Morgan & Morgan, Denver, CO
  • Chair-Elect: O. Mark Zamora | The Orlando Firm, P.C., St. Petersburg, GA
  • Vice Chair: Rhon E. Jones | Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., Montgomery, AL
  • Membership Liaison: Kelly K. McNabb | Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, San Francisco, CA
  • Secretary: Lisa Brook | MichieHamlett PLLC, Charlottesville, VA
  • Online Content Editor: David Stern | ASK LLP, St. Paul, MN
  • Immediate Past Chair: Kimberly D. Barone Baden | Motley Rice, LLC, Mt. Pleasant, SC

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