HarrisMartin’s MDL Conference: Hernia Mesh, Stryker Hip, Mirena & Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System Speaker Profiles

Co-Chair Neil D. Overholtz, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC, Pensacola, FL Show/Hide Bio

Neil D. Overholtz specializes in pharmaceutical litigation, and has successfully handled thousands of defective drug and medical device cases, including fen-phen, Rezulin, Baycol, Bextra/Celebrex, Vioxx, Medtronic Defibrillators, and Guidant Defibrillators.

Recently, Mr. Overholtz has the distinction of having been appointed as national counsel on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees for several federal products liability MDL’s (Mullti-District litigations), including the Trasylol MDL pending in federal court in West Palm Beach, Florida, before the Honorable Judge Middlebrooks, the Viagra MDL in the District Court in Minnesota, before the Honorable Judge Magnuson, as well as the Medtronic Sprint Fidelis Lead Wire MDL before United States District Court Judge Richard Kyle. Additionally, Mr. Overholtz has served as co-lead counsel in the In Re America Online, Inc Version 5.0 Software Litigation, MDL Docket No. 1341 (S.D. Fla), helping to negotiate a cash settlement for affected AOL members in excess of $15 Million as well as significant injunctive relief.

Co-Chair Genevieve Zimmerman, Meshbesher & Spence, Minneapolis Show/Hide Bio

Genevieve Zimmerman is a trial attorney whose practice focuses exclusively on representing individuals injured by pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices. She has both first and second chair trial experience, and has successfully resolved thousands of claims in settlement.

Genevieve is court appointed co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in MDL 2666: In re Bair Hugger® Products Liability Litigation, and is a court appointed member of the Plaintiffs' Lead Counsel Committee for MDL 2441: In re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation. She was court appointed to the PSC for the Biomet MDL, and helps patients suffering from hips made by Smith & Nephew, DePuy, Wright/MicroPort, and Zimmer as well.

In connection with the "Bair Hugger" litigation, Genevieve is actively representing patients who suffered infections following total hip or knee replacement surgery.

Genevieve's past work has included helping heart defibrillator patients after a Guidant recall of nearly 50,000 ICDs. She represented patients who suffered serious injuries and death following use of the recalled prescription drug Vioxx. Genevieve represents patients who have experienced knee replacement failure. She also represents people hurt by Abilify, Yaz, Transvaginal Mesh, Actos, Mirena and Taxotere.

Paula Bliss, Kelley Bernheim & Dolinsky, LLC, Boston

Derek Burch, Burch, George & Germany, P.C., Oklahoma City, OK

Erin Copeland, Fibich, Leebron, Copeland, Briggs, & Josephson, Houston

Martin D. Crump, Davis & Crump, P.C., Gulfport, MS

Alex C. Davis, Jones Ward PLC, Louisville, KY

Katherine Cornell, Blizzard & Nabers, Houston

Henry G. Garrard III, Blasingame Burch Garrard Ashley, P.C., Athens, GA

Ben Gordon, Levin Papantonio, Pensacola, FL

Kimberly A. Dougherty, Andrus Wagstaff, Denver

Lisa Ann Gorshe, Johnson//Becker PLLC, Minneapolis

Lawrence L. Jones II, Jones Ward PLC, Louisville, KY

Robert M. Hammers Jr., Schneider Hammers, Atlanta

Walter Kelley, Kelley Bernheim & Dolinsky, LLC, Boston

Douglass A. Kreis, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC, Pensacola, FL

D. Todd Mathews, Gori Julian & Associates, P.C., Edwardsville, IL

Jennifer Lenze, Lenze Moss, PLC, Manhattan Beach, CA

Thomas F. DellaFera Jr., Miller DellaFera PLC, Charlottesville, VA

Christina Natale, Jones Ward PLC, Louisville, KY

Douglas C. Monsour, Monsour Law Firm, Longview, TX

Steve Nober, President/CEO, Consumer Attorney Marketing Group (CAMG), Woodland Hills, CA

Roger W. Orlando, The Orlando Firm, P.C., Decatur, GA

Trevor Rockstad, Davis & Crump, P.C., Gulfport, MS

Peter M. Schosheim, M.D., F.A.C.S., Physicians Medical Review, Boca Raton, FL

S. Blakely Smith, Parham Smith & Archenhold, LLC, Greenville, SC

James L. Ward Jr., McGowan, Hood & Felder, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Thomas Wallin, Wallin Law Firm & Scorpion, Irvine, CA

Jasper D. Ward, Jones Ward PLC, Louisville, KY

Charles C. Weddle III, White & Weddle, P.C., Oklahoma City

Sol Weiss, Anapol Weiss, Philadelphia

Andrea N. Yang, MD, FACC, Olathe Health Cardiology Services, Olathe, KS