HarrisMartin's MDL Conference: Oral Decongestant and Mass Tort Updates Speaker Profiles

Co-Chair Mikal C. Watts, Watts Guerra LLC, Puerto Rico Show/Hide Bio

Co-Chair Mikal C. Watts

Mr. Watts’ litigation against Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. and Ford Motor Company resulted in resolving the most significant product liability case in the country. The terms of the settlement in the Bailey case were unprecedented in American history for a case of this type; not only monetarily, but by virtue of what the companies agreed to do with respect to the disclosure of information relating to their own investigations into the alleged defects with their products and their corporate safety policies and practices.

Watts Guerra is nationally recognized as one of two firms leading in the pursuit of hundreds of claims brought nationwide against Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. and Ford Motor Company.

Mr. Watts was instrumental in bringing to light Ford’s quiet efforts to recall these defective tires in foreign countries while consumers in the United States continued to be injured or killed riding on the same tires. This litigation and settlement has been chronicled on the ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, Dateline NBC, and CNBC, and in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Associated Press, and all other major news sources in this country and around the world.

Co-Chair Jennifer M. Hoekstra, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis, & Overholtz PLLC, Pensacola, FL Show/Hide Bio

Co-Chair Jennifer M. Hoekstra

Jennifer M. Hoekstra is a partner with Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC. A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Ms. Hoekstra boasts an impressive academic and professional record, including graduation from two of the nation’s top schools. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from Columbia College, Columbia University in the City of New York. She relocated to Louisiana to attend Tulane Law School, where she earned her J.D. while also completing a certificate in Environmental Law. During her law school career, she spent a semester studying at the University of Wisconsin School of Law and visited on their International Law Journal as a Junior Member during her Hurricane Katrina evacuation semester.

Aaron Heckaman, Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, Houston

Amanda Hunt, Keller Postman LLC, Houston

Bradley D. Honnold, Goza & Honnold, Overland Park, KS

Bryan F. Aylstock, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis, & Overholtz PLLC, Pensacola, FL

Christopher Ayers, Seeger Weiss LLP, Ridgefield Park, NJ

Christopher Princis, Managing Director, Litigation Funding, Consumer Attorney Marketing Group (CAMG), Chicago

Daniel Nigh, Nigh Goldenberg Raso & Vaughn, Washington, DC

D. Nicole "Nikki" Guntner, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis, & Overholtz PLLC, Pensacola, FL

Ed Scanlan, Founder & CEO, Bridge Legal, Chicago

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

Gary Goldberg, ARCHER Systems, LLC, Denver

George T. Williamson, Farr, Farr, Emerich, Hackett, Carr & Holmes, P.A., Punta Gorda, FL

Hailey Watts, Watts Guerra LLP, San Antonio

Jennifer L. Roberts, Director, Epiq, Charlotte, NC

Jim Murdica, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Los Angeles

Joseph VanZandt, Beasley Allen Law Firm, Montgomery, AL

Josh Autry, Morgan and Morgan, P.A., Lexington, KY

Kevin M. Davis, Caplin & Drysdale, Washington, DC

Kiley Grombacher, Bradley/Grombacher LLP, Westlake Village, CA

Kim Channick, Walsh Law, Washington, DC

Lee Floyd, Breit Biniazan, Richmond, VA

Lisa Nathanson Busch, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLP, New York

Marlene Goldenberg, Nigh Goldenberg Raso & Vaughn, Washington, DC

Michael M. Weinkowitz, Levin Sedran & Berman LLP, Philadelphia

Robert Cowan, Bailey Cowan Heckaman PLLC, Houston

Roger M. "Hank" Young, Jr., Motley Rice LLC, Mount Pleasant, SC

Samantha Katen, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz, PLLC, Pensacola, FL

Zina Bash, Keller Postman LLC, Austin, TX