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Greenberg Traurig Trial Victory Named Top Defense Verdict of 2016

ATLANTA – Jan. 6, 2017 – Greenberg Traurig’s trial win on behalf of C.R. Bard, Inc. was recognized as a “Top Defense Verdict of 2016” by Courtroom View Network (CVN). In February 2016, a team led by Shareholder Lori Cohen obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of C. R. Bard, Inc. in Sherrer v. Boston Scientific, et al., Case No. 1216-CV27879, in the 16th Judicial Circuit of Missouri. C.R. Bard is a Fortune 500 medical device manufacturer of women’s health products.

According to CVN, the Top 10 Defense Verdicts of 2016 are not only based on the potential amount of damages, but the facts of the case, the parties and attorneys involved, and the potential broader impact of the verdict.

The Sherrer trial was the first time jurors have been asked to simultaneously consider claims against two pelvic mesh manufacturers. According to CVN, because of the small number of actual trials in mesh cases “any jury verdict is significant, but the added complexity of two mesh devices manufactured by different companies implanted in the same plaintiff lands this trial in our number 1 spot.” The plaintiff had requested $28 million in compensatory damages, claiming that the companies' pelvic mesh implants rendered her incontinent and suffering from pain and other ailments. The plaintiff also sought punitive damages against both defendants.

The Sherrer trial began Nov. 30, 2015, and the jury began deliberations Feb. 1, 2016. On the afternoon of Feb. 2, 2016, the jury announced a complete defense verdict for C.R. Bard and co-defendant Boston Scientific. Greenberg Traurig serves as national coordinating counsel and trial counsel for C.R. Bard in the national and international pelvic mesh litigation. 

Led by Cohen, shareholder and chair of the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation and Trial practices as well as co-chair of the firm’s Atlanta Litigation Practice, key team members also included Shareholder Cliff Merrell and associates Marcella C. DuccaSean Jessee, and Sara Deskins Tucker.

Cohen has a national litigation practice focusing on product liability litigation and specifically, medical device and pharmaceutical litigation. She is widely recognized for her trial skills, and the Sherrer verdict is her 57th defense verdict at trial. She has been selected as a Law360 2016 "Trial MVP," a Law360 2015 "Trial Ace," a Law360 2012 "Top Female Trial Attorney,” and has been profiled twice in The National Law Journal’s "Winning Litigators," a special report recognizing the top litigators in the U.S., most recently in 2016. The National Law Journal recognized her as one of "The 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America” and recognized two of her defense trial victories as “Top Defense Wins” in recent years. She has also been recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers magazine as one of its "Top 10 Georgia Super Lawyers" for the last four years, and one of the "Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers" and "Top 50 Female Georgia Super Lawyers" for the last 12 years.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Trial Practice

Greenberg Traurig's Trial Practice is a multi-disciplinary group of experienced trial attorneys who regularly try complex cases in nearly every state and federal court throughout the country. At times, members of the Trial Practice are also called on to step in at the last minute in complex, risky trials in which the litigation was previously handled by prior counsel. They have the in-house technological capabilities to swiftly and efficiently prepare for and handle multiple trials simultaneously and can transition seamlessly from one trial to the next if necessary. The Trial Practice is an integral part of the firm’s Litigation Practice, comprised of more than 600 litigators across the U.S. and abroad.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Practice

The Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Practice is an integral part of the firm’s 600-plus member national Litigation Practice. The team is nationally recognized for its dynamic courtroom presence, responsiveness to clients, and deep subject matter knowledge. Recent recognitions include national rankings for 2016 “Products Liability & Mass Torts” from Chambers USA Guide; national rankings for 2016 “Practice Liability & Mass Torts Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices” from The Legal 500 United States; and being named the Products Liability/Mass Torts Litigation Department of the Year by the Daily Report in 2013, 2015 and 2016. In addition, Greenberg Traurig is recognized as a "Product Liability Litigation Standout" in the BTI Litigation Outlook 2017 published by BTI Consulting Group.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GTLaw) has more than 2,000 attorneys in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is celebrating its 50th anniversary. One firm worldwide, GTLaw has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, was named the second largest firm in the U.S. by Law360 in 2016, and among the Top 20 on the 2016 Am Law Global 100. Web: Twitter: @GT_Law.