Debbie defends large-scale, nationwide litigation, primarily in products liability cases against medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers. She is a strategic and innovative problem solver driven by client concerns and goals. Debbie has served as lead counsel in MDL proceedings regarding cardiac defibrillators, contrast dyes and vaginal mesh. She has experience coordinating the defense of international claims and cases with domestic mass tort litigation.
Debbie works with her clients in all aspects of products liability defense. She has counseled clients on legislative and regulatory issues, conducted litigation prevention analysis and coordinated strategy for governmental investigations. She has successfully helped clients navigate crisis situations involving recalls, adverse media, government investigations and mass tort proceedings.
She works with expert witnesses in dozens of disciplines and has deposed many nationally known plaintiff's experts. She works with all levels of company witnesses ranging from manufacturing and regulatory to the president and board of directors.
Debbie is also a lead trial lawyer. She has worked with multiple jury research firms on projects in several different venues. She has resolved thousands of cases through mediation and informal settlement in both individual and global resolution.
Debbie clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and has briefed and argued cases in state and federal appellate courts.
She regularly teaches trial practice techniques and is an invited speaker on preemption and crisis management in litigation.
Managing Litigation in a Tough Economy: Containing Litigation Costs With a Restricted Budget (Panel), ACI's 17th Annual Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference; New York, New York; December 4, 2012.
Preemption: What Survives, Where Are We Headed and What’s the Difference? (Panel), LA State Bar Association 9th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium; New Orleans, Louisiana; October 16, 2009.
After Wyeth v. Levine and Reigel v. Medtronic – the Policy and Practice Behind Preemption: Where Do We Go From Here? (Panel), 35th Annual Federal Court Practice Seminar; Minneapolis, Minnesota; June 24, 2009.
Evaluating Whether to Pursue the Preemption Defense, American Conference Institute's Drug & Device Preemption; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; July 15, 2008.
Litigation and Public Relations Strategies to Respond to Product Recalls, MCCA's Seventh Annual CLE Expo; Chicago, Illinois; March 28, 2008.