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Co-Chair Paulina do Amaral, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, San Francisco Show/Hide Bio

Co-Chair Paulina do Amaral

An emerging leader within the plaintiffs’ bar, Lexi J. Hazam represents clients in mass tort cases and qui tam actions, as well as complex class actions.

Lexi represents hip replacement patients in the DePuy ASR, DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal, and Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant injury lawsuits, representing over 300 clients and working with leading regulatory experts. Lexi has been appointed by the court overseeing the nationwide Abilify gambling injuries MDL litigation to the Plaintiffs Executive Committee and the Science and Expert Sub-Committee for the case, and was also appointed by the court overseeing the nationwide Benicar MDL litigation to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee therein, and serves as Co-Chair of the Benicar MDL Plaintiffs’ Science and Experts Committee. She has also spoken at several conferences on Benicar injuries and Benicar lawsuits.

Lexi has spoken at two conferences for plaintiffs’ counsel on the DePuy litigation. She has also spoken on mass torts topics at the Women En Mass conference for women in mass torts, the annual CAOC conference, and the California Lawyer’s Product Liability Roundtable.

Co-Chair Jayne Conroy, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC , New York Show/Hide Bio

Co-Chair Jayne Conroy

As a named shareholder of Simmons Hanly Conroy, Ms. Conroy is an experienced litigator who has developed a superb national reputation as a skilled strategist, trial lawyer and negotiator over her thirty year career. For many years, Ms. Conroy acted as national trial and coordinating defense counsel to a multi-national corporation and several of its subsidiaries. In recent years, she has represented plaintiffs exclusively in a wide variety of products liability matters.

Ms. Conroy’s practice currently focuses on various complex civil cases, including a high profile sex abuse case against multiple Catholic institutions and litigation against Volkswagen on behalf of several thousand plaintiffs who were affected by the German automaker’s recent emissions scandal.

Ms. Conroy has a track record for standing up for the rights of individuals and families harmed by corporate wrongdoing. She has recovered millions in verdicts and settlements for those injured by unsafe consumer products, including victims of 9/11, families impacted by Toyota’s recent unintended acceleration malfunction, and thousands of young women who suffered heart attacks and other cardiovascular injuries as a result of taking Yaz, a heavily marketed birth control manufactured by the Bayer corporation. She currently represents multiple individuals who were injured by DePuy artificial hips and pelvic repair system materials.

Co-Chair Shelly Sanford, Watts | Guerra LLP, Austin, TX Show/Hide Bio

Co-Chair Shelly Sanford

Shelly Sanford attended the University of Texas at Austin where she received a degree in journalism before attending St. Mary’s University School of Law. During her time at law school, Ms. Sanford was the President of the St. Thomas Moore Society and attended UT Law School while she completed a judicial internship with the Hon. Raul Gonzales on the Supreme Court of Texas.

After law school, Ms. Sanford worked as an associate attorney at Bernsen, Jamail & Goodson in Austin, and then at the O’Quinn Law Firm in Houston, Texas. In 2001, she joined the partnership of Goforth Lewis Sanford LLP before founding her own law firm, Shelly A. Sanford PLLC in 2007.

Ms. Sanford evaluates and handles cases involving commercial disputes, complex arbitration proceedings, real estate development losses and delays, finance and mortgage industry disputes, medical devices, dangerous pharmaceutical products, serious injuries or death, and mass actions.

Anne Andrews, Andrews and Thornton, Irvine, CA

Barry I. Buchman, Haynes and Boone, Washington, DC

Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, San Francisco

Jayne Conroy, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, New York

A.J. de Bartolomeo, Gibbs Law Group LLP, Oakland, CA

Mark P. Chalos, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Nashville, TN

Bob Forrest, VH1’s Celebrity Rehab Addiction Specialist, Program Founder, Alo House Recovery Centers, Malibu, CA

Kimber Falkinburg, PRS-S, Founder and Director, Spread Hope Like Fire,

Tommy Fibich, Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, Houston

Mike Gallagher, The Gallagher Law Firm, LLC, Houston

Paul J. Hanly Jr., Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, New York

Carla Green, Haynes and Boone, Dallas

Anna Lembke, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology-Adult), Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA

Julia Lurie, Mother Jones, San Francisco

Rhon Jones, Beasley Allen, Montgomery, AL

David McMullan, Barrett Law Group, P.A., Lexington, MS

Derek W. Loeser, Keller Rohrback Law Offices LLP, Seattle

Reagan E. Bradford, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston

Jeff Gaddy, Levin Papantonio, Pensacola, FL

John M. Restaino, D.P.M., J.D., M.P.H., Senior Of-Counsel Attorney, Sanders Phillips Grossman, Denver

Mark P. Robinson Jr., Robinson Calcagnie, Inc., Newport Beach, CA

Shelly Sanford, Watts Guerra LLP, Austin, TX

Erin Nowell, Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC, Dallas

Shayna E. Sacks, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, New York

Steven Skikos, Skikos, Crawford, Skikos & Joseph, LLP, San Francisco

Aimee H. Wagstaff, Andrus Wagstaff, Denver

Melissa L. Stewart, Phillips & Paolicelli, LLP, New York

Mikal C. Watts, Watts Guerra LLP, San Antonio

Greg Williams, M.A., Facing Addiction, Danbury, CT

James D. Young, Morgan & Morgan, PA, Jacksonville, FL