HarrisMartin's MDL Conference: Navigating Current Mass Tort Litigation Speaker Profiles

Co-Chair Richard J. Arsenault, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, None Show/Hide Bio

Co-Chair Richard J. Arsenault

The Wall Street Journal has described Arsenault as having "national notoriety," BusinessWeek described him as "a Dean of the Louisiana Tort Bar," and The New York Times described him as one of the "big players" in the legal community. He has been involved in over 25 Multidistrict Litigation proceedings, often serving in leadership capacities. In the Actos MDL, he served as Co-Lead Counsel, where a jury rendered a $9 billion verdict. He subsequently served on the negotiating team that secured a $2.4 billion settlement, which is the largest single mass tort settlement for a drug that is still on the market.

Arsenault was also appointed to the Pinnacle MDL Executive Committee and was a trial team member where three Bellwether trials resulted in $502 million, $1 billion and $247 million verdicts. He has been recognized as one of America's 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers by Trial Lawyer magazine, nominated for the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Public Justice Foundation, and recognized by the National Law Journal as one of America's Elite Trial Lawyers. Arsenault will also become one of the first practitioners in the nation to become Board Certified in Complex Litigation. He was also recently appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice to serve on the Rules of Professional Conduct Class Action, Bench Book, and State MDL Exploratory Committees.

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

Co-Chair Jayne Conroy

Jayne Conroy is a named shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy and oversees practice areas in the Complex Litigation Department. Under her leadership, the firm has become one of the country’s largest plaintiff law firms dedicated to helping those injured by corporate wrongdoing.

Co-Chair W. Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston Show/Hide Bio

Co-Chair W. Mark Lanier

Mark Lanier is consistently recognized as one of the top civil trial lawyers in America. Best known as a zealous advocate for individuals in personal injury and product liability claims against major corporations, Mark brings passion, creativity and an unparalleled ability to connect with juries in courtrooms across the nation.

Co-Chair Vicki J. Maniatis, Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman, PLLC, New Jersey Show/Hide Bio

Co-Chair Vicki J. Maniatis

Vicki J. Maniatis is a partner at Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman. Ms. Maniatis graduated with a BA from the Pennsylvania State University in 1990, a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 1993, and is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. After several years of practicing as a defense lawyer, Ms. Maniatis switched to the plaintiffs’ side of mass tort cases, focusing on cases involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices for over twenty years. She is an international invited lecturer and moderator on a wide variety of pharmaceutical and mass tort cases including, Opioids, Trans Vaginal Mesh, Fosamax, Ortho Evra, Risperdal, Propecia, Avandia, Onglyza, as well as several medical devices. Ms. Maniatis has been appointed by State and Federal Judges to serve as lead counsel and on numerous Plaintiffs’ steering committees, including fee committees.

Alexander Calfo, King & Spalding LLP, Los Angeles

Alexandra Walsh, Walsh Law, Washington, DC

Diandra “Fu” Debrosse Zimmermann, DiCello Levitt, Birmingham, AL

Don M. Downing, Gray Ritter Graham, St. Louis

D. Todd Mathews, Bailey & Glasser LLP, O’Fallon, IL

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

Ellen Relkin, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., New York

Erin K. Copeland, Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, Houston

Evan M. Janush, The Lanier Law Firm, New York

Fidelma L. Fitzpatrick, Motley Rice LLC, Providence, RI

Hon. Glenn A. Norton, Norton Dispute Resolution, LLC, St. Louis

Jennifer M. Hoekstra, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC, Pensacola, FL

Jim Murdica, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Chicago

John K. Sherk, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., San Francisco

Joseph F. Rice, Motley Rice LLC, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Joseph H. Saunders, Saunders & Walker PA, Pinellas Park, FL

Lana K. Varney, King & Spalding LLP, Austin, TX

Leigh O’Dell, Beasley Allen Law Firm, Montgomery, AL

Melanie H. Muhlstock, Parker Waichman LLP, New York

Michael A. London, Douglas & London, P.C., New York

Michelle L. Kranz, Zoll & Kranz, LLC, Toledo, OH

Mikal C. Watts, Watts Guerra LLP, San Antonio

Mike Morgan, Morgan & Morgan, Orlando, FL

Mildred Conroy, The Lanier Law Firm, New York

Rachel Lanier, The Lanier Law Firm, Los Angeles

Raymond C. Silverman, Parker Waichman LLP, Port Washington, NY

R. Brent Wisner, Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman, Los Angeles

Robert T. Dassow, Hovde Dassow + Deets, Indianapolis, IN

Scott A. Powell, Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton LLP, Birmingham, AL

Scott DeNardo, Archer Systems, Bethlehem, PA

Seth A. Katz, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Hardine, P.C., Phoenix, AZ

Thomas R. Anapol, Anapol Weiss, Philadelphia

Timothy Becker, Johnson // Becker, PLLC, St. Paul, MN

Troy Rafferty, Levin Papantonio Rafferty, Pensacola, FL

Warren Postman, Keller Postman LLC, Washington, DC

Yvonne M. Flaherty, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P., Minneapolis

Zina Bash, Keller Postman LLC, Austin, TX