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Taryn Harper focuses her practice on products liability litigation, with an emphasis on pharmaceutical, medical device, personal care, and consumer products litigation. She has experience with products liability matters in both state and federal courts, including single plaintiff actions and mass tort actions involving a variety of products and medical issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Taryn served as law clerk to three federal judges and gained early experience in general commercial, criminal, and civil litigation. Taryn serves as Pro Bono Coordinator for the firm’s Atlanta office. She is a member of the Defense Research Institute where she serves on the Steering Committees for the Drug and Medical Device Litigation Division and Young Lawyers Division. She is also actively involved in Atlanta Legal Aid Society, for which she serves on the Service Council Executive Committee.

Concentrations

  • Litigation
  • Products liability
  • Pharmaceutical, medical device, and health care litigation
  • Class and mass action litigation
  • Multidistrict litigation
  • Class and mass action litigation

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represents pharmaceutical manufacturer in multidistrict litigation and coordinated state-court actions involving a chemotherapy medication.
  • Serves as national counsel for one of the largest medical device manufacturers in product liability lawsuits involving a variety medical devices, including spinal cord stimulation systems, cerebrospinal fluid drainage and monitoring systems, ventricular and lumbar catheters, cerebral shunts, insulin pumps, and defibrillators.
  • Assists in defense of leading pharmaceutical and consumer products manufacturer in multidistrict litigation, various single-plaintiff, and consolidated state-court actions involving consumer product alleged to cause ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.
  • Represents medical device manufacturer in product liability matters involving surgical and neurological navigation devices and neurovascular catheters.
  • Defends medical technology manufacturer in one of the largest and most complex mass torts matters involving surgical mesh.
  • Counsels consumer products manufacturers in relation to regulatory compliance activities.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2023-2024
  • Recognized, Atlanta Business Chronicle, “Corporate Citizenship Awards – Rising Stars,” 2023
  • Listed, Benchmark Litigation, “40 & Under - U.S. Edition,” 2023
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars,” 2021-2024
  • Recipient, DRI Young Lawyers Steering Committee, "Unsung Hero Award," 2022
  • Named, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Pro Bono Star, 2022
  • Team Member, a Law360 “Product Liability Practice Group of the Year,” 2021-2022
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Dispute Resolution > Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action - Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, 2022-2023
  • Listed, ELM Expert Guides, "Rising Star," 2020-2022
  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Regional Litigation Department of the Year - Georgia,” 2018 and 2021
  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year,” 2018
  • Team Member, The Daily Report’s "Georgia Products Liability & Mass Torts Litigation Department of the Year," 2016-2017
  • Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI), 2017-Present
    • Member, Drug and Medical Device Litigation Committee
    • Member, Steering Committee for Young Lawyers Division
    Member, Atlanta Legal Aid Society Service Council, 2018-Present
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers, 2018-Present 
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia, 2014-Present
  • Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section, 2016-Present
  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation Section, 2017-Present
  • Team Leader, Canine Assistants National Volunteer Program, 2012-Present

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2014
    • Executive Editor, Wake Forest Law Review
    • Executive Board Member, Student Bar Association
    • Captain, Moot Court Sports Law Team
    • Recipient, CALI Award in Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research; Appellate Advocacy; Advanced Legal Research; and Patent Law
    • Recipient, Brooks Pierce Writing Award
    • Recipient, Law Alum Council Scholarship and Dean’s Grant
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Georgia, 2011
Clerkships
  • Hon. Lisa Godbey Wood, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, 2015-2016
  • Hon. James E. Graham, succeeded by Hon. R. Stan Baker, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia, 2014-2015
Admissions
  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
Languages
  • Spanish, Conversational
  • French, Conversational