Williams & Connolly LLP

F. Lane Heard, III

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For the past two decades, Lane has devoted his time to the defense of mass tort pharmaceutical claims—Pfizer’s Norplant, Diet Drug, Thimerosal and Hormone Therapy litigations, Merck’s Januvia litigation, and Cardinal Health’s Opioid litigation—with responsibility for coordinating the national defense. He has handled the regular appearances before the multidistrict judges, tried the bellwether cases, argued the appeals, written the major (and minor) briefs, and worked hand-in-hand with local counsel. His practice over the past thirty years has involved an array of litigation matters, including the defense of medical malpractice, legal malpractice, libel, and commercial and patent-licensing disputes.