Sue has more than two decades of experience defending companies in high-stakes litigation. She has represented major chemical companies, agriculture companies, automobile manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, food companies and tobacco companies in class actions, mass consolidated cases, and individual cases involving product liability, nuisance, consumer fraud, negligence and misrepresentation claims.

Sue also develops case strategy, conducts and defends depositions, prepares fact, company and expert witnesses and oversees and directs all discovery. Sue is experienced in leading litigation teams in cases involving multiple industry defendants, directing the resources of multiple law firms, managing workflow and synthesizing work product from numerous sources, to ensure the pretrial and trial processes are both efficient and effective.

An example of her success as trial counsel in the courtroom includes securing a trial victory for a tobacco company in a cost-recovery lawsuit filed against the tobacco industry by dozens of hospitals and health care providers seeking more than $4 billion in compensatory damages.

Representative Matters

Defended chemical companies in public nuisance and personal injury cases arising out of claims of the environmental presence of legacy chemicals in the food chain, streams, sediments, wastewater and MS4 conveyance systems.

Defended cigarette companies in medical monitoring class action, cost recovery action, mass consolidated action and personal injury cases in numerous jurisdictions, including California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Defended automobile manufacturers in mass consolidated personal injury actions and putative economic loss class actions.

Defended agricultural company in product liability litigation involving pesticides.

Defended opioid manufacturer in state consumer fraud action and personal injury action.

Presentations

Hot Topics in Mass Tort Litigation, St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, St. Louis, September 2017.

Trial Advocacy in a World of Fake News and Alternative Facts, Women in Litigation Joint Conference, Philadelphia, November 2017.

LGBTQ Professional Women’s Panel, Washington University, St. Louis, April 2017.