R. Brent Wisner is the managing partner of Wisner Baum and is based at our San Francisco Bay Area office. Brent is driven by a deep-rooted passion for using the law to help those who have been marginalized and hurt by large, and sometimes malicious, corporations. Brent has dedicated his practice to vindicating his client’s rights and holding wrongdoers accountable. He concentrates his practice on pharmaceutical class action litigation, toxic-tort injuries, and consumer fraud litigation. In 2022, Brent was selected to become an Associate Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) trial lawyer honorary society. LCA Fellows are selected after being evaluated for effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, trial work, and ethical reputation.
Law360 feature article of R. Brent Wisner
Brent oversees all aspects of managing the firm and remains the firm’s lead trial attorney. He also directs the firm’s mass tort litigation and class actions. He takes pride in personally working up all facets of litigation—from briefing, expert discovery, through trial and, if needed, appeal. After obtaining two landmark verdicts against Monsanto, he has been showered with major awards and recognition. He is the youngest attorney in U.S. history to win a multi-billion-dollar jury verdict. Brent has achieved multiple verdicts totaling $2.427 billion, and negotiated mass tort settlements in excess of $1 billion.
Law360 named Mr. Wisner a “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar” for, in part, his role as co-lead counsel in a complex trial that resulted in the first multi-million-dollar jury verdict against a brand-name drug-maker, GSK, holding it liable for injuries caused by a generic version of the drug Paxil. The case has been described as groundbreaking and likely to shape the landscape of pharmaceutical litigation for years to come. Also, because of this cutting-edge verdict, The National Law Journal recognized Brent and the firm as 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers and the first place winner in the category of Pharmaceutical Litigation.
One of the Leading Zantac Lawyers in the Country
In 2019, Brent and his colleagues filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of Zantac (ranitidine) alleging the popular heartburn medication contains a cancer-causing chemical (NDMA) at levels over 3,000 times greater than the FDA’s legal limit. The lawsuits were among the first of what will likely be many thousands. “Based on recent scientific findings, the levels of NDMA in Zantac are staggering,” says Wisner. “Considering how many people took Zantac in the U.S. since 1983, we are staring into the face of a public health crisis, and these defendants—in particular GSK and Pfizer—are to blame.”
The judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2924, where all of the cases filed in federal courts are consolidated) appointed Brent to the Practices and Procedures Team to help establish the protocols and methodology for litigating tens of thousands of cases in the years to come.
Brent also serves as Co-lead Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel for the Ranitidine Product Cases, also known as the Ranitidine (Zantac) Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP 5150), California Superior Court for the County of Alameda. He is also Co-Chair of the Zantac Litigation Group for AAJ – American Association for Justice. Brent has appeared on television and legal news concerning Zantac lawsuits and delivered numerous presentations at legal conferences, such as MTMP, AAJ, HarrisMartin and CAALA regarding Zantac.
Brent Wisner Roundup Cancer Lawyer
Brent Wisner served on all the trial teams for the first three Monsanto Roundup trials. He served as co-lead trial counsel in two of the first three cases, delivering the opening and closing arguments, and cross-examining many of Monsanto’s corporate witnesses.
Brent Wisner in Monsanto Roundup Litigation:
The juries in the first three trials found that exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer caused the plaintiffs to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma, awarding more than $2.424 billion in total damages.
Brent also holds a judge-appointed leadership role as administrator and co-lead counsel for the Roundup Judicial Council Coordination Proceedings (JCCP), which consists of hundreds of Roundup cases consolidated before the California Superior Court for the County of Alameda (state court). He also serves as Liaison Counsel to the Federal MDL-2741 (multi-district litigation) In Re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation for Roundup JCCP 4953 Alameda County.
Featured in the New York Times – Attorneys Brent Wisner and Michael Baum in Brussels with clients John Barton and Teri McCall before important EU glyphosate vote, bringing a face to the Roundup lawsuits and to focus on the Monsanto Papers.
Following the groundbreaking verdicts in the Monsanto trials, Brent has been honored with numerous awards and accolades in recognition of his skill in the courtroom:
The Daily Journal has recognized Brent for multiple years as one of the “Top Plaintiffs Lawyers in California” and as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California.”
In 2019, Trial Lawyer Magazine and The National Law Journal named Brent one of “America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers” and National Trial Lawyers awarded him “Civil Plaintiffs Trial Lawyer of the Year.” The National Law Journal also listed him in “Winning Litigators, Titans of Industry.”
In 2020, Law360 awarded Brent “MVP of the Year” in Products Liability and the National Law Journal and ALM inducted him into the Verdicts Hall of Fame.
In 2021, Brent was awarded “West Trailblazer” by The American Lawyer, and MTMP awarded him with the esteemed “Clarence Darrow Award.” He was also a finalist for “Attorney of the Year” by Consumer Attorneys of California.
Prior to working at Wisner Baum, Brent served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Helen Gillmor in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii for two years. While clerking, he worked on several jury trials, both criminal and civil, and was responsible for aiding the Court in resolving complex pretrial and post-trial motions. In addition, he worked on several cases in other jurisdictions, including the District of Arizona and the Eastern District of California. While clerking, Brent also gained valuable appellate court experience when Judge Gillmor sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, California.
Brent received his law degree (J.D.) and a Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.) from Georgetown University prior to his clerkship. While at Georgetown on a scholarship, he was recognized for his commitment to public interest law and received a pro bono service award for completing over 750 hours of volunteer legal work.
During law school, Brent was heavily involved with the Georgetown Law Trial Advocacy Program, where he was one of the most successful mock trial advocates in the history of the school. Some accolades Brent received at various national competitions included “Top Advocate” at the National Ethics Trial Convention — a competition he also won — and “Most Exceptional Advocate” at the National White-Collar Crime Invitational. Because of Brent’s success with mock trial, he volunteered as a coach and instructor of the team and served as the Managing Director of the Trial Advocacy Program during his third year of law school. In addition to his pro bono work and participation in mock trial, Brent also served as the Executive Editor of the Georgetown Public Policy Review—a peer-reviewed publication focusing on important issues in law and public policy.
"They've gone up against big-name companies while advocating for plaintiffs...in some of the biggest and most well-known cases of the past year. They've strategically shaped outcomes, acted as champions to their clients and nabbed massive settlements. And they perform with passion." - Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar: Wisner Baum's R. Brent Wisner Read the Article
Brent also volunteered as a legal intern, during law school, at the Institute on Religion and Public Policy, where he drafted testimony, affidavits, and declarations for legal proceedings that related to human rights. He even wrote a resolution on the imprisonment of Sigma Huda, an outspoken Bangladeshi critic of human trafficking, which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his first summer at law school, Brent worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, within the Civil Fraud Division. It was there that Brent first discovered an interest and passion in whistleblower law. In his second summer of law school, he worked as a Summer Associate at Paul Hastings in the Los Angeles office.
Prior to starting law and graduate school, Brent participated in the prestigious Coro Fellowship. As a Coro Fellow, Brent worked on a variety of important projects with labor unions, local and national government, Fortune 100 companies, and non-profit organizations. It was a formative experience for Brent where he developed a unique insight into how, through the law, one could genuinely improve society.
Brent is an outspoken and passionate UCLA Bruin. He received his undergraduate degree, with honors, in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005. At UCLA, Brent was heavily involved with the UCLA Sailing team, serving as a Captain for two years. In addition, Brent was a Captain on the UCLA Mock Trial Team, which during his last two years won back-to-back National Championships. Brent was also personally recognized as an “All-American Attorney” by the American Mock Trial Association.
- Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 2010 (Juris Doctor)
- Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy, Washington, D.C., 2010 (Master of Public Policy)
- University of California, Los Angeles, 2005 (Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science)
- Georgetown Public Policy Review, Executive Editor
- Mock Trial: Georgetown Law Barristers’ Council, Trial Advocacy, Managing Director
- California, 2011
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 2012
- U.S. Dist. Court, Central District of California, 2013
- U.S. Dist. Court, Eastern District of California, 2013
- U.S. Dist. Court, Southern District of California, 2013
- U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2013
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2014
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2014
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2014
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2015
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2016
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2016
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2017
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2020
- District of Columbia, 2021
- The District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 2021
Awards and Honors
- 2023 Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
- Top 100 Lawyers in California 2022, Daily Journal
- Selected as an Associate Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, 2022
- Los Angeles Times - The Top Southern California Personal Injury Attorneys, 2022
- Clarence Darrow Award, MTMP-Mass Torts Made Perfect, 2021
- Consumer Attorney of the Year, Finalist 2021, Consumer Attorneys of California
- California Powerhouse, Law360 Regional Powerhouse Series, 2021
- The American Lawyer’s West Trailblazers, 2021
- Selected: Southern California Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars, 2016 – 2022
- Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, 2019 - 2023
- Law360 Rising Star (40 under 40) Product Liability, 2021
- The Best Lawyers in America® 2021- 2023
- Client Champion Silver Award - Martindale Hubbell, 2021 - 2022
- The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
- Avvo.com Superb Score 10 out of 10
- Top Plaintiffs Lawyers in California, 2021, Daily Journal
- Product Liability Practice Group of the Year 2020, Law360
- MVP of the Year 2020, Product Liability, Law360
- Top Plaintiffs Lawyers in California, 2020, Daily Journal
- President, Products Liability Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25, 2020-22
- Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers, 2020
- 2020 Elite Trial Lawyers Mass Torts Law Firm of the Year, Finalist, ALM and National Law Journal
- Top 100 Lawyers in California 2020, Daily Journal
- Verdicts Hall of Fame Inductee, The National Law Journal and VerdictSearch
- 2019 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyer of the Year, National Trial Lawyers and ALM
- America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, 2019, Trial Lawyer Magazine and The National Law Journal
- Top 100 Verdicts 2019, ALM, National Law Journal, Verdict Search (Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Co.)
- 2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
- Winning Litigators 2019, The National Law Journal
- Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys in California, 2019, Daily Journal (lifetime award)
- Number 1 Verdict in California in 2019, Topverdict.com (Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Co.)
- Top 10 Verdicts in California in 2019, Topverdict.com (Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto Co.)
- 2019 Elite Trial Lawyers Mass Torts Trial Team of the Year, The National Law Journal and The Trial Lawyer Magazine
- Top Plaintiffs Lawyers in California, 2019, Daily Journal
- The Round Table: America’s Most Influential Trial Lawyers, Trial Lawyer Magazine and The National Law Journal
- Trial Team of the Year 2019, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
- Daily Journal Top Verdicts, 2018
- Number 1 Product Liability Verdict in California in 2018, Topverdict.com (Johnson v. Monsanto Co.)
- Top 10 Personal Injury Verdicts in the U.S. in 2018, Topverdict.com (Johnson v. Monsanto Co.)
- Top 100 Verdicts 2018, ALM, National Law Journal, Verdict Search (Johnson v. Monsanto Co.)
- CVN’s Top 10 Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdicts of 2018
- 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers, Winner Pharmaceutical Litigation, The National Law Journal
- Top 100 Lawyers in California 2018, Daily Journal
- Law360 Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar (lifetime award)
- Top 10 Product Liability Verdicts in Illinois in 2017, Topverdict.com (Dolin v. GSK)
- Top 100 Product Liability Verdicts in the U.S. in 2017, Topverdict.com (Dolin v. GSK)
- Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead National Counsel for the Delaware Zantac (Ranitidine) Products Liability Litigation
- Co-Lead Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel for the Ranitidine Product Cases, also known as the Ranitidine (Zantac) Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP 5150), California Superior Court for the County of Alameda, California, 2021-
- Member, Practices and Procedures Team, In re Zantac/Ranitidine NDMA Litigation, MDL No. 2924 (U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida), 2020
- Co-Chair Zantac Litigation Group, AAJ – American Association for Justice, 2020 – present
- Liaison Counsel to Federal MDL-2741 In Re: Roundup Products Liability Litigation for Roundup JCCP 4953 Alameda 2018 – present
- Trial Co-Lead Counsel, Pilliod et al. v. Monsanto.Company (3rd Roundup cancer verdict $2.055 billion), Oakland, California, 2019
- Trial Counsel, Hardeman vs. Monsanto Company (2nd Roundup cancer verdict $80 million), San Francisco, California, 2019
- Trial Co-Lead Counsel, Dewayne “Lee” Johnson vs Monsanto Company (1st Roundup cancer verdict $289.2 million), San Francisco, California, 2018
- Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, Administrator and Co-Lead Counsel for the Roundup Products Cases, known as the Roundup Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP 4953), California Superior Court for the County of Alameda, California, 2018 – present
- Trial Co-Lead Counsel, Wendy B. Dolin vs GlaxoSmithKline LLC (generic Paxil suicide lawsuit), Chicago, Illinois, 2017
- Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee / Liaison Counsel for the Cymbalta Drug Cases JCCP 4825 Los Angeles 2015 – present
- Trial Co-Lead Counsel, Hagen-Brown vs Eli Lilly (Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuit), Richmond, Virginia, 2015
- State Bar of California
- Consumer Attorneys of California, President’s Club Benefactor, Sustaining Member
- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
- San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
- American Association for Justice: Leader’s Forum - Champion; Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts; Herbicides and Pesticides Litigation Group; Class Action Litigation Group; Zantac Litigation Group (Co-Chair)
- Associate Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
- Diversity Law Institute, Litigation Counsel of America
- Trial Lawyer Institute, Litigation Counsel of America
- Federal Bar Association; Federal Litigation Section; Younger Lawyer Division
- Law Clerk, Hon. Helen Gillmor, United States District Court, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2010 – 2012
- Judicial Extern, Hon. Marian Blank Horn, United States Court of Federal Claims, Washington, D.C., 2009
- Summer Extern, United States Attorney’s Office, Civil Fraud Division, Los Angeles, California, 2008
- Brian Ohleyer Legislative Intern, Office of United States Senator Barbara Boxer, Washington, D.C., 2004 – 2005
- Briefing before Parliament of Canada’s Green Party of Canada about the $289M Monsanto Roundup cancer verdict and the Monsanto Papers at Parliament Hill, Ottawa, January 30, 2019
Pro Bono and Civic Activities
Briefing in Brussels- Attorney Wisner, his law partner, Michael Baum, and two clients, Teri McCall and John Barton, traveled to Brussels by invitation to meet with and brief EU press, lawmakers from Germany and France, and staffers for various Members of European Parliaments (MEPs). They arrived just days before a hearing organized by EU environmental and agricultural committees to discuss their firm’s release of the Monsanto Papers and allegations that Monsanto unduly influenced studies on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. They warned officials about the cancer risk associated with glyphosate and Roundup. Attorneys Wisner and Baum also sent a letter to EU officials requesting they conduct an official inquiry into Monsanto’s manipulation of science and potential collusion with regulators. Belgium, October 4-5, 2017
Published the Monsanto Papers - During the Monsanto Roundup cancer litigation, Brent, his partner, Michael Baum, and their team, declassified and published internal documents known as the Monsanto Papers, revealing Monsanto’s scientific manipulation to hide the truth about Roundup’s harmful effects. This evidence and the successful plaintiffs verdicts have changed how the world questions the safety of Roundup, resulting in regulatory changes, restrictions and bans of glyphosate across the globe. August 1, 2017 through December 2019
Georgetown University recognized Brent for his commitment to public interest law and received a pro bono service award for completing over 750 hours of volunteer legal work.
Presentations / Speeches
- Hot Topics Part 1, and Critical Tools for Navigating Mass Torts, Mass Torts Puerto Rico, May 2023
- State vs. Federal Court – Where to File, Nuts and Bolts Panel, MTMP-Mass Torts Made Perfect Spring 2023 Conference, Las Vegas, April 2023
- Colloquium Seminar on Current Issues in Complex Litigation, University of Texas at Austin, School of Law, April 2023
- Mass Tort Update 1.0, HarrisMartin's MDL Conference: Managing Mass Torts, Key Litigation Updates and Lessons Learned, Tucson, AZ, March 2023
- Litigation Exit Strategies and Ethical Hurdles, HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Navigating Current Mass Tort Litigation, New York, NY, November 2022
- Managing Complex Litigation and an Update on Key Mass Torts, Louisiana State Bar Association: 22nd Annual Complex Litigation Symposium, New Orleans, LA, November 2022
- Mass Tort Update 1.0 – Zantac, HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: The Current Mass Tort Landscape – Best Management Practices & Updates on Key Litigation, St. Louis, MO, September 2022
- All Aspects of a Case, From Inception to End – First Impressions, Discovery, Pre-litigation, Experts, Trial, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, New Lawyers Adventure Conference, Santa Cruz, CA, June 2022
- Roundup – Panel: Is This Tort Still Going On? HarrisMartin’s Plaintiff-Only Pesticide Litigation Conference, Denver, CO, June 2022
- Co-Chair Welcome; Updates on Current Litigation, HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Recalled Infant Formula and Gardasil, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2022
- CLE Session #4 - Getting in the Weeds with Paraquat & Roundup. Part 1. Paraquat and Roundup Update, The Trial Lawyers of Puerto Rico, Mass Torts Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 2022
- The Evolution and Implementation of Technology in Mass Torts, Western Alliance Bank and University of San Diego School of Law, 4th Annual Class Action Law Forum benefiting the Keith F. Park Endowed Scholarship Fund, University of San Diego School of Law - In-person and Virtual Event, March 2022
- 1) Panel 4 - Game Changing Rulings; 2) Panel 5 - Rapid Fire Mass Tort Update 1.0; 3) Panel 6 - Rapid Fire Mass Tort Update 2.0, HarrisMartin Webinar Series MDL Litigation Conference: Mass Tort Litigation - The Current Landscape, January 2022
- First Annual Mass-Tort MDL Flash Points, The George Washington University, Challenges for the Next Generation of Transferee MDL Judges (Invitation-Only) Conference, James F. Humphreys Complex Litigation Center, Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., October 2021
- Baby Foods: A Personal Injury Perspective, Mass Torts Made Perfect, MTMP Connect Webinar, September 2021
- Deep Dive: Products Liability - Trial Overview - Lowering the Hammer/Lessons from the Monsanto Trials, CAALA - Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, CAALA’s Annual Las Vegas Convention, Las Vegas, NV, September 2021
- Alternative Jurisdictions to the MDL in the Zantac Litigation, MTMP - Mass Torts Made Perfect, MTMP Connect Webinar via Zoom, September 2021
- The Monsanto Story: How I Became the Youngest Attorney to Ever Obtain a Multi-Billion Dollar Verdict, SFTLA - San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, New Lawyers Division Adventure Conference, Virtual and in Santa Cruz, CA, June 2021
- Zantac: Census, Criteria, and Case Update, MTMP – Mass Torts Made Perfect, MTMP Virtual Vegas Spring 2021, April 2021
- Baby Food Litigation: The Personal-Injury Component of the Litigation, HarrisMartin CLE Conference, HarrisMartin’s Webinar Series: Baby Food Litigation, April 2021
- Trial Attorneys: Open for Business – West Coast, Senior Attorney Match, Podcast, May 2020
- Breaking down the 1st Monsanto Roundup trial and $289 verdict, CaseAnalysis.com, Webinar, May 2020
- Zantac Census Plus, Mass Torts Made Perfect Connect, Webinar, April 2020
- Zantac: A Major Health Crisis, Mass Torts Made Perfect Connect, Webinar, March 2020
- Zantac litigation, Roundup litigation, Masters of Mass Tort, Conference, Ritz Carlton, Cancun, February 2020
- Status of the Zantac Litigation, AAJ – American Association for Justice, Rapid Response Webinar, January 2020
- Zantac: Diving into the Science (NDMA, Ranitidine, and the Risk of Cancer), HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Zantac, Sex Trafficking and Emerging Mass Tort Litigation Agenda, Tampa, FL, January 2020
- The Science: NDMA, Ranitidine, and the Risk of Cancer, Moderator – Class Actions for Consumers & TPPs (Third-Party Payors), HarrisMartin’s Zantac Litigation Conference, Miami Beach, FL, January 2020
- Key New Mass Torts: Zantac, Paragard, and HIV Drugs, Anatomy of a Roundup Trial and the Upcoming Docket, HarrisMartin, MDL Conference, Austin, TX, December 2019
- Zantac Attack: Over the Counter Carcinogen, Mass Torts Made Perfect, Seminar, The Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV, October 2019
- Roundup – Recent Blockbuster Verdicts, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Seminar, Westin S. Frances Hotel, San Francisco, CA, July 2019
- Roundup Litigation: State of the Docket and What Comes Next, HarrisMartin’s Roundup Litigation Conference, The Brown Palace Hotel, Denver, CO, June 2019
- Roundup® Litigation: Trial Recap and Look Ahead, American Association for Justice Educational Seminar, AAJ Headquarters, Washington, D.C., May 2019
- Suing Monsanto: How a Team of Lawyers Won a Verdict Linking the Herbicide Roundup to Cancer, UCLA School of Law, Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment and The Resnick Center for Food Law & Policy, Lunchtime Event, UCLA Law Building, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, October 2018
- $289M Monsanto Roundup Verdict – Life After the Daubert Ruling and Johnson Trial, The Johnson Trial and JCCP (Judicial Council Coordination Proceedings), HarrisMartin Publishing, Half-Day Roundup CLE (Continuing Legal Education), Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Santa Monica, CA, October 2018
- Recent $289M Monsanto Verdict, Harvard University, Notable torts case discussion with Professor Jon Hanson’s Tort Law Class, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, September 2018
- Challenging Court Secrecy in Medical Product Litigation, Yale University, Conference, Yale Law School’s Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) program, Yale University’s Greenberg Conference Center, New Haven, CT, September 2018
- Monsanto Roundup Litigation, Mass Torts Made Perfect, MTMP Spectacular Fall Conference, Las Vegas, NV, October 2017
- Roundup Class Action, HarrisMartin’s Roundup® Litigation Conference Agenda, Chicago, IL, June 2017
- Cymbalta Withdrawal Litigation In re: Cymbalta (Duloxetine) Products Liability Litigation, American Association for Justice, AAJ Education’s Plaintiff-Only Hot Topics and Trends in Litigation Seminar, Charleston, SC, December 2014
- Sunshine Is the Best Disinfectant—Publish Confidential Documents Early, May 2023, Mass Torts Puerto Rico conference magazine
- How to Use Deposition Video at Trial, The Trial Lawyer, Fall 2022, The San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (Co-authored with Pedram Esfandiary)
- Politics of Enforcement: How the Department of Justice Enforces the Civil False Claims Act, 17 GEO. PUB. POL’Y REV. 43-60, 2012
- Judicial Activism? The Roberts Court in the Coming Term, GEO. PUB. POL’Y REV., Dec. 31, 2009
- Asylum Denied: Seeking Asylum in the Age of Terrorism, 12 GEO. PUB. POL’Y REV. 21, 2007
- Expressing the Sense of the House of Representatives Regarding the Violation of the Human Rights of United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Sigma Huda, and Others, by the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh, H. R. 761, 110th Cong., 2007
- Carson v. Monsanto Company, 51 F.4th 1358, (C.A.11 Ga. 2022) Products Liability — Preemption. EPA registration process for sale of pesticides did not support preemption of state-law claim for failure to warn.
- Carson v. Monsanto Company, 39 F.4th 1334, C.A.11 Ga. 2022) Products Liability — Preemption. EPA registration process for sale of pesticides did not support preemption of state-law claim for failure to warn.
- Jones v. Monsanto Company, 38 F.4th 693, (C.A.8 Mo. 2022) Civil Rights — Free Speech. Order for cy pres distribution of residual funds, after class-action settlement, was not compelled speech under First Amendment.
- Pilliod v. Monsanto Company, 282 Cal.Rptr.3d 679, (Cal.App. 1 Dist. 2021) Products Liability — Damages. Sufficient evidence supported finding that manufacturer consciously disregarded public health and safety in continuing to sell carcinogenic herbicide.
- Painters and Allied Trades District Council 82 Health Care Fund v. Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, 520 F.Supp.3d 1258 (C.D.Cal. 2021) Torts — RICO. Class action claims against pharmaceutical companies for violation of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act were adequately alleged.
- Hardeman v. Monsanto Company, 833 Fed.Appx. 92, C.A.9 Cal. 2020) Litigation — Sanctions. District court did not find that attorney directly violated its pretrial orders, and thus abused its discretion in sanctioning attorney.
- Johnson v. Monsanto Company, 266 Cal.Rptr.3d 111, (Cal.App. 1 Dist. 2020) Products Liability — Damages. Award of future noneconomic damages in products liability case would be reduced from $37,000,000 to $4,000,000.
- Painters and Allied Trades District Council 82 Health Care Fund v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited, 943 F.3d 1243, (C.A.9 Cal. 2019) Torts — RICO. Plaintiffs plausibly alleged element of proximate cause, as required to support civil RICO claim against pharmaceutical company.
- Painters and Allied Trades District Council 82 Health Care Fund v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited, 796 Fed.Appx. 919, (C.A.9 Cal. 2019) Commercial Law — Unfair Practices. Consumer sufficiently alleged damages, as required to state Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act claim.
- In re Celexa and Lexapro Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, 915 F.3d 1, (C.A.1 (Mass. 2019) Torts — RICO. FDA approval of pharmaceutical manufacturer’s antidepressant did not preclude RICO claims based on manufacturer’s pre-approval “off-label” marketing.
- Blitz v. Monsanto Company, 317 F.Supp.3d 1042, (W.D.Wis. 2018) Commercial Law — Unfair Practices. Consumer’s state law claims against herbicide manufacturer were not preempted by Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.
- Dolin v. GlaxoSmithKline LLC, 269 F.Supp.3d 851, (N.D.Ill. 2017) Products Liability — Warnings. Sufficient evidence supported finding that warnings regarding risk of suicide on antidepressant’s label were inadequate and misleading.
- Dolin v. SmithKline Beecham Corporation, 62 F.Supp.3d 705, (N.D.Ill. 2014) Health — Drugs. Drug manufacturer’s relation to plaintiff was sufficient to impose reasonable conduct duty, supporting negligence claim related to design and warning.
Notable Media Appearances
- 60 Minutes
- CBC News
- CBS Evening News
- Democracy Now
- EFE Agency TV (Spain)
- Euronews TV
- Fox TV Chicago
- France 2
- Good Day LA
- NBC TV News 5 Chicago
- The Doctors
- American Lawyer
- Associated Press
- Barrons, Dow Jones
- BBC Radio
- Bloomberg BNA
- Boston Globe
- Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
- Chicago Sun Times
- Chicago Tribune
- Country Guide – Canada
- Deutsche Welle
- Europe 1
- Fierce Pharma
- Fox Business
- Huffington Post
- KDAL radio
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- KFI AM 640 Talk Radio
- Life Extension Daily News
- Markets Insider
- Medical News Today
- National Law Journal
- New York Times
- Organic Authority
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- St. Louis Public Radio
- The Australian
- The Daily Journal
- The Fern.org
- The Guardian
- The Legal Intelligencer
- The Pioneer (India)
- USA Today
- Wall Street Journal
- Yahoo Finance
- Spanish (Conversational)