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Reed Smith LLP

Product Liability & Mass Torts

4 ranked lawyersBand 2USA - NationwideUSA 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Highly regarded group based across the country, noted for its expert handling of life sciences disputes. Equally adept serving in a national coordinating and lead trial counsel role in a number of high-profile drug and device trials, as well as leading negotiations for out-of-court settlements. Also offers strength in disputes such as toxic torts involving alleged asbestos exposure. Draws on a notable litigation bench with experience in defending against claims filed across the US.

Strengths

Sources say: "They are great, they are very well prepared and they are willing to try cases - you are getting a top national law firm with talent that is deep and broad."

Peers agree Reed Smith has "very high-quality and very intelligent attorneys."

Clients say: "The client service is great, they tell it like it is. I know and trust Reed Smith to do the right thing for clients, minimizing exposure and time spent on these claims."

Notable practitioners

Barbara Binis fields strong expertise in medical device mass torts such as pelvic mesh cases, in which she regularly acts as national litigation counsel for leading medical companies.
"She is amazing, incredibly experienced and incredibly responsive - a very well-regarded trial lawyer and a great partner." "A very good trial lawyer - accomplished and experienced." "She's a really good business partner and is practical in her advice."

Melissa Geist is an expert trial lawyer who is experienced across both drug and medical device mass torts and MDLs. She regularly acts as national counsel in cases within the life sciences sector.
"She is excellent - one of the best litigators I have ever met. She outlines and understands risks and returns, and gives a good assessment based on our cases and her previous experience."

Michael Brown is an esteemed trial lawyer, commended for his strength in mass torts in the pharmaceutical industry. His experience includes leading mesh cases for prominent multinational companies.
"He is a cut above when it comes to the strategy of litigating these types of cases." "He's a great trial lawyer, a great strategist and an extremely generous colleague."

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USA - Nationwide

Product Liability & Mass Torts


Barbara R Binis
Band 5
Melissa A. Geist
Band 5
Michael K Brown
Band 1

Product Liability: Pharmaceutical


Michael K Brown
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