Hildy litigates and serves as trial counsel in high-stakes product liability cases on behalf of pharmaceutical companies and medical-device manufacturers throughout the United States. She is often called upon to act as counsel in bellwether cases and has extensive experience defending Fortune 100 corporations in national multidistrict litigation, consolidated proceedings and mass tort claims. In addition to her work for drug and medical-device companies, Hildy has also tried cases on behalf of cigarette manufacturers as well as commercial and intellectual property cases.
Hildy is a frequent speaker in Florida and at national bar and continuing legal education events. She is an active member of DRI’s Drug and Medical Device Steering Committee, as well as a member of Shook’s Executive Committee and Women’s Management Council. She also serves as the administrative managing partner for the firm's Miami office. Hildy has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and The Legal 500 United States, and she was featured in Attorney At Law Magazine’s “Attorneys to Watch” and The American Lawyer’s Product Liability Litigation Department of the Year.
Recent matters include representing: Boston Scientific (pelvic mesh litigation); Stryker (Rejuvenate hip implants); Philip Morris (tobacco); Pfizer (hormone replacement therapy); Bayer (Yaz and Yasmin); Bausch & Lomb (Renu contact lenses); and Wyeth (Fen-Phen diet drug litigation).
Trials and summary judgments of note include:
Ronda Orozco v. Boston Scientific Corporation – Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Superior Court. Medical-device trial. (Pelvic mesh litigation).
Eve Sherrer v. Boston Scientific Corporation – Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. Medical-device trial. (Pelvic mesh litigation)
Alicia Suarez v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. – Circuit for Miami-Dade County, Florida. Cigarette product liability claim. (Part of Engle progeny litigation)
Vickie McKeever v. PM USA – Circuit Court for Broward County, Florida. Cigarette product liability claim. (Part of Engle progeny litigation)
Eghnayem, et al. v. Boston Scientific Corp. – U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Bellwether multi-plaintiff medical-device trial. (Pelvic mesh litigation)
Aero Consulting Corporation and Hartford Holding Corporation v. Raytheon Aircraft Services – Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, Florida. Business litigation dispute with claims of breach of contract, fraud and conspiracy. (Complex commercial matter relating to the purchase of an aircraft)
SPS Technologies Corporation v. Motorola – Circuit Court for Broward County, Florida. Complex commercial and intellectual property case. (Related to the development of GPS technology)
Mueller v. Medi-wheels, Inc. - Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, Florida. Product liability trial. (Wrongful death case involving device used to lift patients)
Miethe v. Hertz, et al. - Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, Florida. Product liability auto roll-over trial. (Catastrophic injuries relating allegedly defective tire)
Ondo v. Bliss, Inc. - Circuit Court for Broward County, Florida. Personal injury trial. (Premises liability case with significant injuries leading to total knee replacement)
Witt v. Howmedica Osteonics Corp. - U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Summary judgment obtained in medical device case. (EIUS knee implant)
Kaufman v. Wyeth, LLC – U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Summary judgment obtained in pharmaceutical case. (Hormone replacement therapy litigation)
Guarino v. Wyeth LLC and Schwarz Pharma, Inc. - U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Summary judgment obtained in pharmaceutical case. (Relating to use of generic Reglan)
Metz v. Wyeth LLC – U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Summary judgment obtained. (Relating to use of generic Reglan)
Hildy Sastre & Iain Kennedy, Product Liability In The Age Of Global Pandemics, Law360, December 17, 2014.
Hildy M. Sastre, Featured Articles Issues to Consider When Deposing Prescribers in the Failure-to-Warn Context, DRI's RX for the Defense, October 2012.
The Ebola Scare: Lessons Learned for All Employers, IADC Corporate Counsel College, April 17, 2015.
Hot Topics and Recent Developments in Medical Device Regulation and Enforcement, ABA Section of Litigation, Current Issues in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation, November 16, 2012.
Navigating Increased Risks and Regulatory Challenges When Undertaking Global Product Recalls, American Conference Institute's Summit on Drug & Device Product Recalls, March 22, 2011.
Super Lawyers Mock Trial CLE, Dade County Bar Association, June 11, 2010.