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Contributors

  • W. Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston

    Mark Lanier is consistently recognized as one of the top civil trial lawyers in America. Best known as a zealous advocate for individuals in personal injury and product liability claims against major corporations, Mark brings passion, creativity and an unparalleled ability to connect with juries in courtrooms across the nation.

  • Lana K. Varney, King & Spalding LLP, Austin, TX

    Lana Varney believes practicing law is like fly fishing: preparation, presentation, and perseverance required. Global drug and medical device companies call on Lana when they need help with defending product liability litigation in the US, or when they want to try and avoid it all together. She currently serves as national counsel for several international companies defending claims against an osteoporosis medication, an afib drug, an anti-epilepsy drug, and female pelvic mesh medical devices. She has defended human blood products and plasma derived biologics, over the counter cough/cold products containing PPA, penile implants, seizure medications, bipolar treatments, and antidiuretic hormones.

  • Rachel Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm, New York

    Rachel Lanier joined the Lanier Law Firm as an associate in 2016 and practices in the areas of toxic torts, pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts, and product liability. Ms. Lanier is dedicated to representing injured clients and their families by pursuing justice for those who have been harmed by toxic substances and defective products. Prior to joining the Lanier Law Firm, Ms. Lanier was an associate at a mid-sized firm in Manhattan, where she focused on representing individuals suffering from asbestos-induced diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.

  • Richard J. Arsenault, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault

    Richard Arsenault has been recognized as one of America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers by Trial Lawyer Magazine. He has participated in over 25 multidistrict litigation proceedings and currently serves as Co-Lead Counsel in the Actos MDL where a jury rendered a historic $9 billion dollar punitive damage verdict which has been reported as one of the nation’s largest personal injury verdicts. He subsequently served on the Actos MDL team that negotiated a $2.4 billion dollar settlement which is the largest single mass tort settlement for a drug that is still on the market. 

  • Todd Campbell, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault

    Todd Campbell was born in Chattanooga, TN, and grew up in the neighboring town of Jasper.Todd remembers that as a child, he learned to always state the time zone when giving a time as Jasper is on the border of the Central and Eastern Time Zones. Eastern Time was referred to as “Chattanooga Time” or “Fast Time” and Central Time was referred to as “Jasper Time” or “Slow Time.” After high school, Todd attended The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he graduated magna cum laude with an honors B.A. in History. After graduation, he taught U.S. History part-time.

  • Dustin C. Carter, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault

    Dustin C. Carter is a member of Neblett, Beard & Arsenault’s Mass Tort and Complex Litigation Group. His litigation focus has been on defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs, toxic torts (mesothelioma), and consumer class actions. Dustin is an active member of the Plaintiff Trial Team in the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation in Dallas, TX (MDL 2244), as well as a member of the Plaintiff Trial Team in the Anders et al v. Medtronic, Inc. action pending in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • Erin K. Copeland, Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, Houston

    Erin K. Copeland is a partner with the law firm of Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs in Houston, Texas. Licensed to practice in Texas and Missouri, Mrs. Copeland devotes her time and resources to advocate on behalf of those who suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. Her primary focus is on injury claims against medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

  • Patrick C. Galligan, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault

    Patrick C. Galligan joined our firm in September of 2012. He attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in History. He went on to earn his law degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. During law school, Patrick was involved in student activities and organizations, such as the Santa Clara Law Review and Moot Court competition. His legal experience in California and Louisiana has given him experience in complex injury and class action litigation with a focus on worker and consumer protection.

  • Chase Gore, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault

  • Eric D. Holland, Holland Law Firm, St. Louis

    Eric Holland and the Holland Law Firm are all about trials. Eric and his team have consistently handled and tried the largest and most important civil cases in the country, achieving record setting verdicts and settlements in courtrooms in St. Louis and across the country. Taking on American and international corporate giants, Eric’s litigation results are not only measured in the billions of dollars recovered for clients but also in measurable societal good like getting unsafe firearms off the streets, triggering governmental investigations, and fighting against court secrecy. His work has been featured in Reuters, Bloomberg, the New York Times, NPR, CBS, the L.A. Times, and CNBC to name just a few, and he has been described to the media as a “legal mastermind” by his corporate opponents.

  • Patrick Luff, The Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, Dallas

    Patrick is an accomplished personal injury and products liability attorney. What sets Patrick apart is that before practicing law, he spent several years as a professor of law. While teaching at Washington & Lee University, Arizona State University, and the University of Oklahoma, Patrick also published extensively on mass torts. Since entering practice, Patrick has obtained a number of significant victories for his clients, including a $15.4 million wrongful death judgment and a precedent-setting decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Aside from helping his clients obtain justice, Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and the family cat, Sammy Davis Jr., Jr.

  • Victoria J. Maniatis, Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman, PLLC, New Jersey

    Vicki J. Maniatis is a partner at Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman. Ms. Maniatis graduated with a BA from the Pennsylvania State University in 1990, a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1993 and has been admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey since 1994.

  • Mike Morgan, Morgan & Morgan, Orlando, FL

    Mike’s proven track record of exceptional settlements can be attributed to his attention to detail, outstanding oral and writing skills, and aggressive advocacy. He adopts a hands-on approach and works closely with clients to map out a strategy so that they obtain the maximum compensation.

  • Melanie H. Muhlstock, Parker Waichman LLP, New York

    Melanie H. Muhlstock joined Parker Waichman as an Associate in 2005 and is now Managing Partner, Mass Torts Department. Ms. Muhlstock has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University – Chicago School of Law. She is in good standing and licensed to practice law in the State and Federal Courts of New York and New Jersey and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Muhlstock has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

  • Majed Nachawati, The Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, Dallas

    Majed Nachawati is a co-founding partner of Fears | Nachawati Law Firm. Majed began his legal career as a two year judicial law clerk with The Thirteenth Court of Appeals. His firm represents individuals and public entities throughout the nation in bad medical device and pharmaceutical cases, whistleblower cases, legal malpractice and barratry cases, antitrust matters and product defect cases. His firm is heavily involved in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation—holding current leadership positions on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in the Bard and Cook IVC Filter Litigation.

  • Hon. Glenn A. Norton (Ret.), Of Counsel, Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C., St. Louis

    Glenn A. Norton is Of Counsel with the Firm. His practice focuses on the areas of mediation, arbitration and special master appointments. He has extensive experience in the courtroom, with hundreds of jury and non-jury trials, and has been assigned by The Supreme Court to cases involving complex litigation and felony matters. As a retired judge, Glenn Norton is particularly well-suited to preside over arbitration hearings on any type of matter. Judge Norton is certified by the University of Missouri School of Law as a mediator.

  • Paul Pennock, Morgan & Morgan, New York

    Paul Pennock is widely considered one of the best and most aggressive plaintiff litigators in the country. His work has led to more than a billion dollars in recoveries for his clients. For two decades, Pennock served as chair of one of Weitz & Luxenberg’s national litigation practice groups. He was directly responsible for leading a large national litigation department covering all aspects of litigation, from inception through trial. He has served as lead plaintiffs’ counsel, plaintiff steering committee member, and liaison counsel in numerous state and federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) mass tort cases.

  • Shannon Pennock, The Pennock Law Firm, Jersey City, NJ

    SHANNON PENNOCK has dedicated her law practice to helping the wrongfully injured seek justice and accountability. To this end, Shannon advocates for her clients in both state and federal courts.Shannon currently represents personal injury clients in state and federal court, and is also actively involved in national pharmaceutical and environmental litigations.

  • Ruth Rizkalla, The Carlson Law Firm, Los Angeles

    As our newest Partner, Ruth Rizkalla brings significant experience and victories to The Carlson Law Firm’s new Los Angeles office. She has significant experience in complex mass torts litigations. Ruth has spent her 17-year career representing those injured through severe negligent acts of large corporations. She has served in multiple leadership positions in several coordinated mass tort proceedings. Most recently, she has served as Co-lead in The Xarelto Products Liability JCCP and Plaintiff’s Steering Committee member of The 3M Combat Earplugs Products Liability MDL. 

  • Joseph Thorpe, Chief Executive Officer, International Litigation Services, Inc. (ILS), Irvine, CA

    Joseph Thorpe is Chief Executive Officer of International Litigation Services, Inc., “ILS,” a prominent national Plaintiff eDiscovery firm. He has more than 30 years of executive level information technology experience and is an expert on the technical and legal aspects of Plaintiff electronic data discovery. Pioneering eDiscovery Software for Litigation Management Mr. Thorpe began his career in the IT industry in 1973 with Wang Laboratories. 

  • Elizabeth Koenig, Senior Litigation Consultant, International Litigation Services, Inc. (ILS), Irvine, CA

    Elizabeth advises Plaintiffs’ attorneys on all aspects of eDiscovery in high-profile mass tort and class action litigations, with notable recent cases including actions related to auto diesel emissions and airbag scandals, the opioid epidemic, aviation disasters, and e-cigarettes. Elizabeth is an ACEDS Certified E-Discovery Specialist, a member of Women in eDiscovery and the Alliance of Women Trial Lawyers, and frequently writes and presents on electronic discovery issues.

December 1, 2021
Wed 12:00 PM EST

Duration 2H 0M

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