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Nicole Narotzky focuses her practice on products liability litigation. Nicole defends major medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers in federal and state courts throughout the country in both single- plaintiff cases and in multi-district and coordinated proceedings. She is involved in all stages of litigation, and has developed a particular focus on developing and overseeing strategy related to complex medical and technical issues. Nicole also implements early resolution processes and procedures and is active in counseling clients on how to mitigate litigation risks. She has deep experience with the issues of federal preemption and regulatory control over claims involving FDA-approved medical devices. Nicole has defended medical device products liability lawsuits involving a wide range of products, including diabetes management devices, neurological devices, spinal devices and cardiovascular devices.

Concentrations

  • Products liability
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical device
  • Consumer products

Capabilities

Experience

  • Manage and defend claims and litigation for world-leading medical device company, and oversee team in order to formulate and execute nationwide strategy to respond to and litigate claims related to a product recall; implement early resolution program and where resolution is not possible, aggressively defend each individual action (2013-Present).
  • National counsel involved in all aspects of claims and litigation relating to voluntary recall of a medical device company’s signature product (2009-2015).°
  • Defended litigation related to implanted medical devices: aggressively developed alternative causation, strategically approached discovery issues, and negotiated early settlements and dismissals (2006-2013).°
  • In re Individual 35W Bridge Litigation, 806 N.W.2d 811, 806 N.W.2d 820 (2011). Represented engineering company that provided the original design for the I-35W bridge that collapsed over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis on August 1, 2007.°
  • Hammitt Medtronic, Inc. (Anoka Co. D. Ct., Minnesota, (2004)). Counsel in a lawsuit involving the recall of a medical device. Case was never certified for class action and settled.°
  • Duggan Medtronic, Inc., No. 09-CV-12046-PBS, 2012 WL 45503 (D. Mass. Jan. 10, 2012).°
  • Walker Medtronic, Inc., No. 2:07-00317, 2010 WL 4822135 (S.D. W. Va. Nov. 24, 2010).°
  • Clark Medtronic, Inc., 572 F. Supp. 2d 1090 (D. Minn. 2008).°
  • Smith Gorback, et al., Cause No. 2005-58539 (Harris County, Tex. 2007).°
  • Provide pro bono representation to clients through the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota.
  • Ex parte Armstrong (Tex. App. 2017). Member of team of lawyers serving as pro bono counsel for Douglas Tyrone Armstrong, a Texas death row inmate convicted of capital murder in 2006. The team successfully secured the vacation of Armstrong’s death sentence by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Narotzky prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, a Law360 “Product Liability Practice Group of the Year,” 2021
  • Recognized, Minnesota Lawyer, “Attorney of the Year,” 2018
  • Recognized, Texas Defender Service, “Light of Justice Award,” 2018
  • Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Pro Bono Attorney Volunteer, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 2003
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.A., with honors, Brown University, 1999
Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota