Friday, April 22, 2011

List of the 14 lawyers appointed to serve on the plaintiff steering committee for Depuy hip litigation (MDL)

I published this list back when this group was appointed but given the plethora of lawyers purporting to be experts in this area, I intend to continue to remind patients that this is in effect a prescreened list of competent counsel appointed by the Judge who is responsible for consolidating these Depuy cases.

There are hundreds of law firms dealing with these Depuy hip cases.  I think this group of attorneys below is likely to be the most familiar with the issues on this case as they were all appointed by Judge Katz (the Judge in charge of the MDL hearings on the Depuy hip). These lawyers were selected as experienced litigators in matters of this sort.

I began phoning them in the last few days and have been impressed with all of those with whom I have spoken.  You can choose any lawyer you wish however, coming up to speed on this kind of complex litigation is a steep learning curve.

The chart below contains their contact information.  I am not recommending any one of them imparticular but I feel certain that a judge would likely appoint only those lawyers who have experience in large complex litigation and are familiar with medical device plaintiff litigation.

A bit of background on MDL (multi district litigation)  

In the United States, multidistrict litigation (MDL) refers to a special federal legal procedure designed to speed the process of handling complex cases such as air disaster litigation or complex product liability suits. Multidistrict litigation is a procedure utilized in the federal court system to transfer to one federal judge all pending civil cases of a similar type filed throughout the United States.

MDL cases are "civil actions involving one or more common questions of fact are pending in different districts."[1] In order to efficiently process cases that could involve hundreds (or thousands) of plaintiffs in dozens of different federal courts which all share common issues, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decides whether cases should be consolidated under MDL and where to transfer the cases. Cases subject to MDL are sent from one court, known as the transferor, to another, known as the transferee, for all pretrial proceedings and discovery. If a case is not settled or dismissed in the transferee court, it is remanded (i.e., sent back) to the transferor court for trial.

The Plaintiff's Steering Committee will conduct all pretrial discovery, appear as counsel at all pretrial hearings, submit and oppose all motions, and explore settlements, among other legal actions.

(apologies that the chart goes outside of the page bounds but if you scroll to the right, the firm size (number of lawyers is listed as well.)



Law firm
URL to firm site
Practice Area
State
Phone number
# attorneys in firm
Esther Berezofsky
Williams Cuker Berezofsky

Class action /mass tort
NJ  (cherry hill) and PA (phila)
856-667-0500
13
Ed Blizzard
Blizzard, McCarthy & Nabers
http://www.blizzardlaw.com/
Pharma litigation
Houston Tx
(713) 844-3750
6
Jane Conroy
Hanly Conroy Bierstein Sheridan Fisher & Hayes LLP 
Mass tort/class action
NY
212 784 6400
8
Leonard Davis
Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar, L.L.P
Nationwide plaintiff practice
New Orleans LA
504 581 4892
17
Wendy Fleschman
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP
Class action
San Francisco  CA
NY and
Nashville Tenn
212.355.9500
60
Lawrence Gornick
Levin Simes Kaiser & Gornick LLP
877 575 4529
Product liability
San Fran, CA
(888yyy
15
Seth Katz
Burg Simpson
Mass tort/class action
Co, Oh, Wy,   Az
1-888-895-2080
38
Mark Lanier
Lanier law firm
Civil trial litigation
Houston  New York  Los Angeles  Palo Alto
713-659-5200 main (Houston)
60
Michael London
Douglas & London, P.C
Plaintiff litigation
NY
212 566 7500
12
Donald Migliori
Motley Rice
Plaintiff litigation
800 768 4026
60
Nava Ward
http://www.beasleyallen.com/about/
Mass tort
Montgomery Ala
(800) 898-2034
60
Peter Polos
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
http://www.psandb.com/about-us.html
Mass tort and product liability
LA
877-800 1700
11
*Ellen Relkin
Wietz and Luxenberg LLP 
Defective medical devices
NY
212-558-5500
63
*Steven Skikos
Crawford Skikos Joseph & Millican
Mass Tort and defective medical
San Francisco, Laguna Beach CA and Cleveland OH

9

*Co lead counsels of the plaintiff  steering committee

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