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1:00 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.

Leigh O’Dell, Beasley Allen Law Firm, Montgomery, AL
Michelle A. Parfitt, Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP, Washington, DC

1:05 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.
Status Post-Bankruptcy – Back in Action in the MDL & State Courts

Leigh O’Dell, Beasley Allen Law Firm, Montgomery, AL
Michelle A. Parfitt, Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP, Washington, DC
Richard Golomb, Golomb Spirt Grunfeld, Philadelphia

1:25 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
New Johnson & Johnson Bad Actors

Christopher M. Placitella, Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., Red Bank, NJ

1:50 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Decades of Profits over Safety

Rudie R. Soileau Jr., Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, Lake Charles, LA
James F. Green, Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP, Washington, DC
Ted Meadows, Beasley Allen Law Firm, Montgomery, AL
Richard Golomb, Golomb Spirt Grunfeld, Philadelphia
R. Allen Smith Jr., The Smith Law Firm PLLC, Ridgeland, MS

2:40 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Evidence Supporting Causation Is Only Getting Stronger

Christopher V. Tisi, Levin Papantonio Rafferty, Pensacola, FL
Leigh O’Dell, Beasley Allen Law Firm, Montgomery, AL
Michelle A. Parfitt, Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP, Washington, DC
David Dearing, Beasley Allen Law Firm, Montgomery, AL

3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Common Legal and Procedural Issues

Laurence S. Berman, Levin, Sedran & Berman LLP, Philadelphia
Daniel R. Lapinski, Motley Rice LLC, Cherry Hill, NJ

3:50 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bankruptcy Appeal

David J. Molton, Brown Rudnick LLP, New York
Jonathan S. Massey, Massey & Gail LLP, Washington, DC


  • Leigh O’Dell, Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., Montgomery, AL

    Leigh O’Dell practices in Beasley Allen Law Firm’s Mass Torts Section, where she is helping lead litigation related to talcum powder products. Much of Leigh’s recent work has involved women’s health-related issues including work on transvaginal mesh and Gardasil litigation.

    She is proud to have an impact on the lives of women who were or are professionals, wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and who deserve so much more than the pain, suffering and even death sentences often handed to them because of the reckless actions of certain pharmaceutical and other corporate actors.

  • Michelle A. Parfitt, Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP, Washington, DC

    Michelle A. Parfitt is a Senior Partner with the law firm of Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP. Over the past thirty-eight years of her professional career, Ms. Parfitt has sought to distinguish herself as a champion of individual rights as well as a leader before the bar in the area of mass torts specializing in pharmaceutical and product liability cases. She currently heads the Mass Tort practice section of Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP and has had the privilege of representing thousands of individuals in various state and federal courts across the country who have filed suit against pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Ms. Parfitt has been appointed to and has served on numerous Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in national mass tort and complex litigations and has held leadership positions in some of the largest mass torts in recent years. She currently serves as Co-Lead Counsel in the Talcum Powder MDL.

  • R. Allen Smith Jr., The Smith Law Firm, PLLC, Ridgeland, MS

    Allen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi. He was elected to numerous honor societies and served as Vice-President and Rush Chairman for his fraternity. Allen was also on the Dean’s and Chancellor’s Honor Rolls while attending Ole Miss. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law.

    Allen has spent nearly two decades representing and fighting for those who have been injured or killed due to the negligence of another individual or corporation. Allen is a fierce and skilled trial advocate who has litigated in State and Federal Courts throughout the United States.

    Allen opened the Smith Law Firm, PLLC in 2007. Since that time he has obtained over $800 million in trial verdicts and recovered over $150 million in settlements in products liability and personal injury cases. Allen’s accolades include the following:

  • Ted G. Meadows, Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., Montgomery, AL

    After graduating from law school, Ted returned to his hometown of Prattville, Ala., where he joined the general practice law firm of Howell, Sarto & Howell. In 1995, Ted moved his growing personal injury practice to Birmingham, Ala., where he became a partner in the plaintiffs' litigation firm of Davenport, Lavette & Meadows, P.C. In 2001, Ted accepted an "of counsel" position at Beasley Allen. While he has spent his entire career helping the injured and defrauded, Ted now focuses on representing personal injury victims throughout the country in claims against pharmaceutical, cosmetic and medical device companies.

    Ted became a principal at Beasley Allen in 2002. Since that time, he has been a leader at Beasley Allen with verdicts and settlements totaling more than $325 million, including a $72.6 million compensatory verdict in a hormone replacement therapy trial. This verdict was selected by the National Law Journal as No. 30 on its list of Top 100 Verdicts of 2011. Ted received the 2009 award for Beasley Allen Mass Torts Lawyer of the year, and the 2012 award for Beasley Allen Litigator of the Year. He is listed in the 2014 and 2015 Super Lawyers Magazines.

  • James F. Green, Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP, Washington, DC

    During his nearly 40 years as a litigator, James Green has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, served as an active lecturer and author for both local and national Continuing Legal Education programs, and developed a substantial national practice with Ashcraft & Gerel that has led to hundreds of exceptional verdicts and settlements for his clients.

    His reputation for integrity and professionalism is borne out by the fact that he has been appointed by the judges of various federal courts to serve on multi-district litigation committees handling product liability cases for prescription drugs including Fosamax, Rezulin, Zyprexa, and many more.

    Mr. Green is driven by the fulfilling and gratifying experience of changing clients’ lives for the better. It is with this mindset that he tenaciously advocates for those who’ve been injured by the negligence of others.

  • David J. Molton, Brown Rudnick LLP, New York

    David Molton is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation & Arbitration and Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring Practice Groups and is the chair of cross-border, mass tort, and restructuring litigation.

    David focuses his practice in complex financial, commercial and mass tort litigation matters in federal, state and bankruptcy courts in the United States, and he represents foreign liquidators, official committees of creditors, unofficial ad hoc committees of creditors and interested parties in financial fraud and mass tort related litigations and bankruptcies in the United States and in foreign jurisdictions.

  • Jonathan S. Massey, Massey & Gail LLP, Washington, DC

    Jonathan Massey has over three decades of experience representing clients in high-stakes matters involving complex legal questions before trial and appellate courts and regulatory agencies. He clerked for Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. (1989 Term) and Judge Abner J. Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1988-1989).

  • Richard Golomb, Golomb & Honik, PC, Philadelphia

    Richard Golomb is managing shareholder and a founding partner of Golomb & Honik, PC. He has more than 35 years of experience representing those who have been catastrophically injured as a result of medical negligence, defective products, dangerous drugs, construction accidents and other personal injury claims. He also represents victims of consumer, banking and mortgage fraud in class actions.

    Early in his career, Mr. Golomb was an associate, and then shareholder, with a Philadelphia personal injury firm representing catastrophically injured plaintiffs before striking out on his own in 1996. Since 1998, he has been a shareholder in Golomb & Honik, P.C., where he has served as counsel in more than 80 cases that resulted in million-dollar and multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for individual and class action clients.

  • Christopher M. Placitella, Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., Red Bank, NJ

    Christopher M. Placitella is a shareholder in the law firm and an accomplished trial lawyer with a nationwide reputation as one of the country’s leading legal authorities on mass tort, class actions, and cases about asbestos-related diseases. He represents individuals injured by defective products and drugs, toxic substances, and environmental contamination. Chris has been counsel on numerous landmark cases that have changed the law in favor of the consumer and wrongfully injured.

  • Rudie R. Soileau Jr., Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, Lake Charles, LA

    Rudie R. Soileau, Jr. is a partner at the law firm of Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South. He is an esteemed litigator with over 30 years of trial experience. Rudie takes pride in the fact that with each of his cases he takes time to know his client, spend time with the family and truly understand the challenge presented. He is dedicated to achieving justice for his clients.

  • Daniel R. Lapinski, Motley Rice LLC, Cherry Hill, NJ

    Daniel Lapinski has nearly 20 years of litigation experience, with a focus on mass tort and complex litigation in state, federal and appellate courts. Dan represents victims of childhood sexual abuse who seek to hold abusers and abuse enablers accountable in civil court under “window” laws. Newly enacted in many states and pending in others, these laws extend the number of years available for victims to file a childhood sexual abuse claim by opening a statute of limitations window for a finite period of time. Dan also represents former Boy Scouts who suffered abuse with claims against the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy.

  • Laurence S. Berman, Levin Sedran & Berman, Philadelphia

    Laurence S. Berman, a member of the firm, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on January 17, 1953. He was admitted to the bar in 1977. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth and Seventh Circuits; the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and the Bar of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Temple University (B.B.A., magna cum laude, 1974, J.D. 1977). He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Mr. Berman was the law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Weiner, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 1978-1980. Member: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations. In 1982, Mr. Berman joined the law firm of Levin & Fishbein as an associate and became a partner in 1985 when the firm name was changed to Levin, Fishbein, Sedran & Berman (“LFSB”). 

  • Christopher V. Tisi, Levin Papantonio Rafferty, Pensacola, FL

    Christopher V. Tisi is a shareholder with Levin Papantonio Rafferty. For over 30 years, Mr. Tisi has been a nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyer with extensive experience litigating mass tort, pharmaceutical, medical device and major personal injury cases. In that time, Mr. Tisi has established himself as one of the country's top lawyers, selected by his peers, in The Best Lawyers in America, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers as well as inclusion in the publication The Legal 500. He has been awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell legal directory, the highest rating for competence and ethics issued by that publication. In 2015 he was inducted as a fellow of the International Society of Barristers.

  • David Dearing, Beasley Allen Law Firm, Montgomery, AL

    David joined Beasley Allen Law Firm in April 2012. He practices in the firm’s Mass Torts Section and has more than 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer. Currently, David is primarily working on talcum powder cases linked to the development of ovarian cancer and infant formula cases associated with necrotizing enterocolitis in premature newborns.

September 28, 2023
Thu 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 3H 0M

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