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HarrisMartin's Webinar Series: Water Contamination Litigation


This Webinar is Chaired by Esther E. Berezofsky of Motley Rice LLC, Gale Pearson of The Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, Scott Summy of Baron & Budd, P.C., and T. Roe Frazer II of Frazer PLC.

This event is CLE-accredited. For detailed information on your state's credit hours, click here.


1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

History of PFAS Litigation and the What the Future Holds

• Brief Overview of the Science, Liability Story and History of Water Cases
• West Virginia Settlement and Minnesota AG Settlement
Gale Pearson, The Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, Minneapolis

1:20 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Current PFAS Cases – AFFF MDL and Non-AFFF PFAS Pending Cases

• Where are the Cases?
• Status of Pending Cases
• Handling Discovery Issues
Scott Summy, Baron & Budd, P.C., Dallas

1:40 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Types of Plaintiffs

• Individual/Communities
• Government Bodies: AG, Counties, Municipalities, Public Water Providers, Well Owners and Businesses
T. Roe Frazer II, Frazer PLC, Nashville, TN

2:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Legal Claims and Damages

• Direct Release Cases, Product Liability, Special Damages
• Cost-Recovery by Public Water Providers, Natural Resource Damages by AGs, Penalties and Fines
Esther E. Berezofsky, Motley Rice LLC, Cherry Hill, NJ

2:20 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Questions & Answers

Esther E. Berezofsky, Motley Rice LLC, Cherry Hill, NJ
Gale Pearson, The Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, Minneapolis
Scott Summy, Baron & Budd, P.C., Dallas
T. Roe Frazer II, Frazer PLC, Nashville, TN

Cancellation Policy:
Registration for HarrisMartin's webinar series is non-refundable. If a registrant is unable to attend, a recording of the program will be sent to the attendee at a later date so that he/she will still be able to obtain CLE credits. Please Note: Substitutions may be made at any time.


  • Esther E. Berezofsky, Motley Rice LLC, Cherry Hill, NJ

    A trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience litigating complex mass torts, Esther Berezofsky has devoted her career to representing communities impacted by environmental contamination and fighting for the rights of consumers, individuals and families impacted by fraud and misconduct across a range of litigation areas. Esther focuses her practice on protecting the rights and seeking accountability for people harmed by toxic chemical exposure—environmental and occupational—as well as patients who suffer life-altering complications caused by dangerous and defective medical drugs and devices.

  • Gale Pearson, The Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, Minneapolis

    For more than 25 years, Gale Pearson has represented thousands of plaintiffs in a range of complex litigation, from environmental law to pharmaceutical litigation to Qui Tam prosecution. Before receiving her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Gale attended California State University, where she studied laboratory medicine, physics, and chemistry. She spent years working in the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center and is a nationally recognized clinical laboratory scientist. As such, Gale plays a substantial role in Fears Nachawati’s representation of those who have been harmed by environmental polluters, as well as the bad acts of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Throughout her career, Gale has played a pivotal role in several MDL litigations, serving on science committees, or, as in the case of a Certified Class Action against Phillip Morris, Co. and its parent company, as lead counsel. In United States Absher v. Momence Meadows Nursing Center Inc., she served as co-lead counsel and helped achieve a substantial verdict for her clients. In addition, she was asked to serve as Plaintiff’s liaison counsel in the Minnesota State Medtronic Cases, and was appointed to the same position in the Minnesota State Guidant Cases. A member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Gale’s legal success has earned her peer recognition across the country. In 2003, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer presented her the Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award for her work with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. In 2005, she was recognized by Forbes Magazine among America’s top attorneys, and she has been named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list by Thomson Reuters from 2015-2019. Gale is frequently invited to speak on scientific issues related pharmaceuticals, as well as complex interstate civil procedures.

  • Scott Summy, Baron & Budd, P.C., Dallas

    Scott Summy is a shareholder at Baron & Budd, one of the largest and oldest firms in the United States that specializes in environmental litigation. Mr. Summy heads the firm’s Environmental Litigation Group, which litigates complex environmental contamination cases all over the country. A large part of the Group’s practice focuses on representing public entities in litigation to recover costs of removing chemical contamination from public water supplies, governmental facilities, natural resources, and public property. Through this type of litigation, the Group seeks to shift the costs of remediation to the chemical manufacturers and suppliers responsible for the contamination — and away from public entities and taxpayers. The Group also represents individuals and public entities in large complex cases including wildfires and oil spills. The Group has also taken on several cases representing school districts against e-cigarette manufacturers for the health crisis caused by youth vaping.

  • T. Roe Frazer II, Frazer PLC, Nashville, TN

    Roe Frazer is a lawyer with considerable first-chair experience in complex litigation. He is an early adopter of technology, leveraging it in his practice to achieve better, faster, and more predictable results. Roe is also a lawyer-entrepreneur, with seasoned experience in start-up businesses. Roe is the chair of Frazer PLC. Roe is one of the top trial lawyers in the United States, trying many complex tort and product liability cases, primarily on the plaintiff’s side, as well as representing business and commercial litigants. Early in his career, Roe was selected as the Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year in Mississippi in 1993. He has been lead counsel in many multi-million dollar verdicts in complex and commercial litigation cases, and handled scores of civil settlements in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Roe also has a considerable amount of experience defending companies in a myriad of business disputes, contract claims, and tort litigation.

July 16, 2020
Thu 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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