Reed Smith LLP

Product Liability & Mass Torts Department

USA - Nationwide
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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"Reed Smith has top-notch trial lawyers and a very deep bench for pharmaceutical and medical device products cases," states a source.

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. One impressed source notes: "She was terrific to work with. The litigation was challenging and she put together a good team."


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's wonderfully communicative, and she has very good intuition," states a client. "She's very smart and able, and she comes up with strategies that have been very helpful."


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. "We think very highly of him," report interviewees.