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HarrisMartin's Webinar Series: Johnson & Johnson Discontinues Talcum Powder in North America - What is Next?

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Contributors

  • 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.

  • 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. Currently, her focus is on product liability actions involving talcum powder, transvaginal mesh and Gardasil.

    Leigh was recently selected to serve as co-lead counsel for consolidated multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New Jersey federal court concerning talcum powder’s link to ovarian cancer. It is estimated that 14,000 women die from talc-related ovarian cancer each year. One medical expert calculates that this use of talcum powder leads to nearly 10 percent of the new ovarian cancer cases reported annually. The lawsuits allege defendant Johnson & Johnson is liable for personal injuries or wrongful deaths that resulted from ovarian or uterine cancer in women who used the company’s talc products for feminine hygiene. More than 70 cases are pending in the MDL.

  • 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.

  • Christopher Princis, VP, Business Development, Consumer Attorney Marketing Group (CAMG), Woodland Hills, CA

  • Tighe Wilhelmy, Co-Founder and CEO, Velawcity, Scottsdale, AZ

    Tighe Wilhelmy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Velawcity, a legal advertising network providing contract services for mass tort and class action lawsuits to attorneys nationwide. Velawcity is primarily focused on digital marketing solutions, including but not limited to social, search, display, audio and video channels. Tighe has been one of the most progressive thought leaders in the legal industry since entering the space (8) years ago. He and the Velawcity team have leveraged various automation and machine learning technologies to help their clients become more efficient and effective with case acquisition and operations.

June 12, 2020
Fri 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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