Laurie has more than 15 years of experience focusing on complex litigation, with an emphasis on pharmaceutical and medical device product liability defense and cosmetics and personal care products litigation. She has defended significant lawsuits in multidistrict litigation, mass torts and consolidated proceedings, and class actions, as well as individual cases pending in state and federal courts across the country. 

Laurie has significant experience handling wrongful death and catastrophic injury litigation, and has worked with and against many experts across the life sciences realm, and in a broad range of sciences, industries, and technologies.  Laurie has extensive experience representing sales and marketing personnel in depositions and in lawsuits.

Laurie also counsels clients on high-stakes matters outside of product liability litigation by assisting with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and compliance counseling.  Laurie’s practice spans across FDA-regulated clients of all sizes and across industries. It has included counseling clients on labeling compliance, marketing and advertising, recalls, risk management, and responses to citizen petitions. Laurie has also helped clients analyze warning letter trends, assess appropriate corrective action in response to FDA requests, and stay abreast of emerging regulatory trends.

In addition to her legal practice, Laurie has taken an active role in the firm's recruiting efforts. She served on the Search Committee for seven years.  Laurie has also been an active mentor, serving as a supervising attorney to candidates participating in the summer associate program and mentoring multiple associates as part of the firm's Mentoring Program. She is currently a member of the firm’s Women’s Management Council and a member of the Associates Committee.

Publications

Laurie A. Henry, Plaintiff's Bar Targets Dietary Supplement Efficacy Claims, Law360, Jan. 30, 2014. 

Marie S. Woodbury and Laurie A. Henry, Crossing Borders and Seas: International Regulatory Events and Their Impact on United States-Based Litigations and Trials, Defense Research Institute Monograph, May 2008.

Presentations

Recent Trends in FDA Warning Letters and Intended Use for Personal Care Products Companies, American Bar Association: Life and Physical Sciences Hot Topics Presentation, May 2016.

FSMA Update: How FDA’s Increased Authority to Inspect Your Testing Records Could Increase Your Litigation Risk, ACI’s National Forum on Food-Borne Illness Litigation, January 27, 2016.

100% Customer Satisfaction Guarantees – A Potential Defense to Class Action Litigation, American Bar Association: Life & Physical Sciences Hot Topics Presentation, November 2015.

How Not to Be a Class Action Target: Minimizing the Risk of a Consumer Class Action Lawsuit and Establishing Protocols to Diffuse Litigation, Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Forum on Cosmetics (ACI), March 3, 2015.

Proposition 65 and the Year Ahead, American Bar Association: Life & Physical Sciences Hot Topics Presentation, November 2014.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Legal Issues & Corporate Social Responsibility, 10th Annual Update of the Law CLE, Kansas City, Missouri, May 2013.

Country of Origin Labeling, Kansas City Agricultural Business Council, January 22, 2009.