The Great Trials Podcast
Episode 036: Brad Beckworth | State of Oklahoma v. Johnson & Johnson; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | $572.1 million verdict

Episode 036: Brad Beckworth | State of Oklahoma v. Johnson & Johnson; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | $572.1 million verdict

October 15, 2019
This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Brad Beckworth of Nix Patterson, LLP ( https://nixlaw.com/  ).
 
 
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Nix Patterson, LLP trial attorney Brad Beckworth shares how he joined forces with the Attorney General of Oklahoma to try Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, opioid manufacturer Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as a public nuisance for creating the worst manmade public health crisis in U.S. history. In the nation’s first major trial against an opioid maker, Beckworth and the state’s litigation team proved Johnson & Johnson and Janssen deceptively marketed opioids for safe, long-term-use, resulting in thousands of deaths due to overdose and addiction. The District Court ordered Johnson & Johnson and Janssen to pay $572,102,028, which will be used to fund Oklahoma’s opioid crisis abatement plan, supporting addiction treatment centers and opioid addiction prevention initiatives.
 
 
 
 
Guest Bio:
 
Nix Patterson partner Brad Beckworth is the co-head of the Firm’s Complex Litigation group. Brad joined the firm in 1998 after clerking for The Honorable Richard Schell, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Like many of our lawyers, Brad began his career with a hunger for trying cases to a jury for those who needed help. Brad grew up in Conroe, Texas, which was a small rural town at the time. He worked his way through high school and college, holding a variety of jobs like working on a commercial roofing crew, running a landscaping crew for a developer, and drying cars at a commercial car wash.
 
Brad took the lessons he learned working side by side with working class people into his early career at the Firm and volunteered to take just about any case he could to get in front of a jury. As a result, his early court room work included everything from trying pro bono cases for battered women and prisoners’ rights cases to complex personal injury trials. After winning several trials in his first few years, Brad won a major trademark case and then negotiated a complex licensing deal on behalf of our client. After that, Brad became a go-to trial lawyer for bet the company litigation.
 
Brad has never been afraid of handling something new. Together with co-head Jeff Angelovich, Brad created the Firm’s Institutional Securities Litigation and Energy and Natural Resource Litigation Practice. Brad’s first securities fraud litigation resulted in a $49.5 million settlement; his first gas royalty case resulted in a $155 million settlement; his first effort to represent an athlete resulted in an NFL first-round draft pick. Over the last decade, Brad and Jeff’s team has made a number of significant recoveries across multiple practice areas.
 
 
 
 
 
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GTP CLASSIC | Roxanne Conlin | McFarland v Rieper Law Firm | $3.25 Million

GTP CLASSIC | Roxanne Conlin | McFarland v Rieper Law Firm | $3.25 Million

October 8, 2019

Ep 006: Roxanne Conlin | McFarland v Rieper Law Firm | $3.25 Million

This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Roxanne Conlin of Roxanne Conlin and Associates, (https://www.roxanneconlinlaw.com)

 

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Case Details:

The 3-month-old baby died April 22, 2014, about five weeks after his birth mother got him back from the McFarlands, whom he had lived with since birth. Police charged the child's father with murder after his birth mother found the baby "alone, pale, wet and foaming from his mouth and nose" in her apartment.

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Guest Bio:

Roxanne Conlin has her own law firm in Des Moines, where she exclusively represents people who have been harmed by others, whether by discrimination, products, doctors or vehicles.

She entered Drake University in 1961, when she was only 16, and graduated from law school with honors five years later at the age of 21.

From 1969 to 1976, she was an Assistant Attorney General for Iowa, where she was head of the Iowa Civil Rights section and fought race and sex discrimination. She also rewrote Iowa's inheritance laws; toughened the state's assault laws and blocked a merger of two major utilities that would have hurt the average consumer.

She left the Attorney General's Office to become a consultant to the United States Department of State for International Women's Year.

In 1977, she became one of the first two women ever to be a United States Attorney. Roxanne put heroin dealers behind bars and prosecuted white-collar crimes and corruption in public office. She also served as President of the Federal Executive Council, which is composed of the heads of all seventy federal agencies.

Roxanne has devoted much time to individual organizations and causes and community service. She founded and was the first chair of the Iowa Women's Political Caucus, and was president and general counsel of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. Most recently, she has been named by the National Law Journal as one of the fifty most influential women lawyers in America, one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America and one of the top 10 litigators.

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Stages Of A Jury Trial - Part 1

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GTP CLASSIC | Randi McGinn | Sowards v. Biotronik | $67.3 million

GTP CLASSIC | Randi McGinn | Sowards v. Biotronik | $67.3 million

October 1, 2019
This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Randi McGinn of McGinn, Montoya, Love & Curry. P.A. (MMLC) - www.mcginnlaw.com
 
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Case Details:
 
Sowards v. Biotronik, wrongful implant of a pacemaker in exchange for kickbacks.
 
 
 
Guest Bio:

Interesting Stuff

Randi McGinn is the author of “Changing Laws, Saving Lives: How to Take on Corporate Giants and Win,” available through Trial Guides at http://www.trialguides.com/book/changing-laws-saving-lives/

She is one of the country’s leading trial lawyers, having tried over 130 cases, including those of women survivors of sexual assault, harassment, and retaliation. The first woman president of the Inner Circle (100 best trial lawyers in the US), she is known for her creativity in the courtroom and use of demonstrative evidence to visualize opening, direct, cross-examination and closing argument. She has destroyed adverse witnesses by leaving a pretentious Beverly Hills doctor standing in front of the jury covered with post-its and clutching a grapefruit to his chest, by grilling a government snitch until he threw up and by exposing the fact that a world-renowned polygraph expert had been polygraphing his own sperm cells in the dead of night. In a particularly hard-won police shooting case, the local SWAT cops once put her face on their Christmas pinata and took turns whacking it with a big stick.

She recently was appointed as a special prosecutor and tried the first murder prosecution in over 50 years of an Albuquerque police officer for an on the job shooting.

Started her career by giving birth to daughter Heather, now age 38, the day before the 3-day bar examination.

Boring Stuff

A senior partner with her three women partners in a law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico; double listed in criminal and civil litigation in Best Lawyers in America; International Academy of Trial Lawyers fellow; past AAJ Governor; past president of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers' Association; NACDL board member, NITA-NCDC-UNM adjunct instructor.

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GTP CLASSIC: Tommy and Adam Malone | Yamada vs Northside Hospital  | $16.5 Million Verdict

GTP CLASSIC: Tommy and Adam Malone | Yamada vs Northside Hospital | $16.5 Million Verdict

September 24, 2019

On this week's GTP Classic replay, Steve and Yvonne interview legendary attorneys and father & son team, Tommy and Adam Malone of https://malonelaw.com

 

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Case Details:

$16.5 Million - MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE

Representing compensatory damages for child who suffered liver failure requiring a liver transplant at age of 4 months caused by a failure of her health care providers to follow-up on an abdominal cyst detected on ultrasound early in the pregnancy. Brooke Yamada, A Minor, by and through her Guardian, Mina Leigh Yamada, and Takahiro Yamada and Mina Leigh Yamada, Individually vs. Northside Hospital, Inc., Northside Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, P.C. and Women’s Health Associates, P.C., State Court of Fulton County, Georgia, C.A.F. 2005VS076354G (2006).

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Tommy Malone

Thomas “Tommy” Malone is the founder of Malone Law. For more than 40 years he has litigated cases involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death throughout the State of Georgia. He has obtained a multitude of jury verdicts in excess of one million dollars, including a verdict in excess of $49 million for a 23-year-old student who suffered catastrophic traumatic brain injuries as the result of a road wreck involving two commercial truck drivers on a two-lane highway in San Jose, California. His record-setting $45 million verdict changed the way managed care providers operate.

Tommy is the past President of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, the official certifying body sanctioned by the American Bar Association for certification of competency in handling professional negligence cases.

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Adam Malone

Adam Malone is based in Atlanta, Georgia and dedicates his entire practice to helping families with issues involving brain injury, spinal cord injury, burns, amputation, and wrongful death throughout the state of Georgia. His efforts over the last two decades have produced over $500 million in compensation for injured victims and their families and have helped change careless corporate practices to keep us all safer.

Adam has obtained record jury verdicts, including a $24.5 million verdict in a case involving an above-knee amputation for a young athlete which is reported to be the largest personal injury verdict ever returned in Albany, Georgia. In addition to his trial skills, Adam has also earned a reputation for excellence in the appellate courts. Due to Adam’s work, the Georgia Supreme Court struck down the state’s cap of $350,000 on non-economic damages in medical negligence cases as violating the constitutionally guaranteed right to trial by jury. This ruling not only permitted his client to recover the amount of damages determined by the jury in that case – it was much more important than that. This decision ensured that all patients harmed by preventable medical errors have the right to trial by jury and the right to be completely compensated in an amount determined by jurors driven by the actual evidence, not by politicians driven by campaign contributions.

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GTP CLASSIC | Stages Of A Trial II

GTP CLASSIC | Stages Of A Trial II

September 17, 2019

GTP Classic Replay:

 

The Great Trials Podcast presents Part 2 of our 2 part series on the "Stages of a Jury Trial".

 

Hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey are joined by very special guests:

 

Rebecca Franklin Harris - Founder of Franklin Law

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Jeff Harris and Jed Manton - partners at Harris, Lowry, and Manton

www.hlmlawfirm.com

 

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GTP CLASSIC | Stages Of A Trial I

GTP CLASSIC | Stages Of A Trial I

September 10, 2019

GTP Classic Replay:

 

The Great Trials Podcast presents Part 1 of our 2 part series on the "stages of a jury trial".

Hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey are joined by very special guests:

 

Rebecca Franklin Harris - Founder of Franklin Law

franklinlawllc.com

 

Jeff Harris and Jed Manton - partners at Harris, Lowry, and Manton

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Year In Review with Steve and Yvonne

Year In Review with Steve and Yvonne

September 3, 2019
This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey are interviewed by the other half of the GTP team, Allison Hersh (capricorncomm.com) and Terrass "Razz" Misher (podonthego.com).
 
 
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Mike Papantonio │Carla Maria Bartlett and Jon William Bartlett v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company and David Freeman v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company│$920 million

Mike Papantonio │Carla Maria Bartlett and Jon William Bartlett v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company and David Freeman v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company│$920 million

August 27, 2019
This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Mike Papantonio of Levin Papantonio ( https://www.levinlaw.com/ ).
 
 
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Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame inductee Mike Papantonio, a senior partner with Levin Papantonio in Pensacola, Florida, takes a deep dive into the high-profile $920 million dollar class-action settlement and multiple jury verdicts against DuPont related to the company’s West Virginia plant discharging the Teflon chemical PFOA (C8) into the air and water around the Ohio River Valley. Area citizens were exposed to a highly toxic chemical for decades, causing a number of serious health problems. This high-profile case -- which is featured in the documentary, The Devil We Know -- highlights the dangers of DuPont's chemical C8 and the connection between C8 and various forms of cancer, ulcerative colitis, and other diseases.
 
 
 
Guest Bio:
 
Mike Papantonio is a senior partner with the law firm of Levin-Papantonio. He has received numerous multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of victims of corporate malfeasance. His award-winning work handling thousands of mass tort cases throughout the nation has helped make Levin-Papantonio one of the largest plaintiff law firms in the country. 
 
 
Mr. Papantonio is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. He is a member of The National Trial Lawyers (past president), American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Association for Justice, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, and the Florida Justice Association, where he served on the board of directors for five years. 
 
 
Mr. Papantonio is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He is listed in the publications Best Lawyers in America and Leading American Attorney.
 
 
 
 
 
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Rachel Lanier │Gail Lucille Ingham, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. │$4.69 billion verdict

Rachel Lanier │Gail Lucille Ingham, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. │$4.69 billion verdict

August 20, 2019
This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Rachel Lanier of the Lanier Law Firm ( https://lanierlawfirm.com/  ).
 
 
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National Trial Lawyers Civil Plaintiff Top 40 Under 40 honoree Rachel Lanier discusses how she and other members of the Lanier Law Firm trial team secured the largest verdict in the United States in 2018. This landmark verdict secured justice for 22 women who developed ovarian cancer after continuous use of Johnson & Johnson’s best-selling baby powder and other talcum powder products containing cancer-causing asbestos. Rachel helped prove the multi-billion dollar, multi-national company had known about the asbestos for decades and covered it up with biased tests and skewed interpretations of test results. After a six-week trial, a St. Louis jury awarded $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages.
 
 
 
Guest Bio:
 
Rachel Lanier joined the Lanier Law Firm’s New York office as an associate in 2016 and practices in the areas of toxic torts, pharmaceutical litigation, mass torts, and product liability.  In 2017, Ms. Lanier served on the Lanier Law Firm’s trial team in the Pinnacle hip implant litigation against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. which led to a $247 million dollar verdict in favor of plaintiffs.  In 2018, Ms. Lanier was on the trial team in St. Louis, Missouri representing twenty-two plaintiffs in the Talcum Powder litigation against Johnson & Johnson, and was instrumental in obtaining the $4.7 billion dollar verdict for the plaintiffs.  Most recently, Ms. Lanier was appointed to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the 3M Combat Earplug Multi-District Litigation.
 
Ms. Lanier is dedicated to representing injured clients and their families by pursuing justice for those who have been harmed by toxic substances and defective products.  Prior to joining the Lanier Law Firm, Ms. Lanier was an associate at a mid-sized firm in Manhattan, where she focused on representing individuals suffering from asbestos-induced diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
 
Ms. Lanier was recognized as a 2018 New York Rising Star in the practice area of personal injury – products and is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, New York Bar Association, and New Jersey Bar Association.  She enjoys speaking at Continuing Legal Education seminars, and participated in a breakout panel at the annual Mass Torts Made Perfect seminar in Las Vegas, NV.  In 2018, Ms. Lanier spoke on the recent Talc verdict at the HarrisMartin MDL Conference in Napa, CA, and presented at the HarrisMartin Talc and Asbestos Conference in Miami Beach, FL.  She also participated on a panel at the Annual Complex Litigation Symposium in Louisiana and the 2019 National Trial Lawyers Summit in Miami Beach.  Ms. Lanier has further been honored as a member of the National Trial Lawyers Civil Plaintiff Top 40 Under 40 and recently selected to serve on the 2019 Executive Committee for the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.
 
 
Ms. Lanier is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.
 
 
 
 
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Tom Girardi│Citizens of Hinkley v. Pacific Gas & Electric│$333 million settlement

Tom Girardi│Citizens of Hinkley v. Pacific Gas & Electric│$333 million settlement

August 13, 2019
This week, your hosts Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey interview Tom Girardi of Girardi Keese ( https://www.girardikeese.com/ ).
 
 
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Legendary Los Angeles trial attorney Tom Girardi of Girardi Keese reflects upon the landmark 1993 case against Pacific Gas and Electric Company, which served as the basis for the Academy Award-winning film Erin Brockovich. Girardi represented 650 citizens of Hinkley, California, who developed high rates of cancer and other diseases from exposure to water contaminated with chromium VI and discharged by a Pacific Gas & Electric facility over a 15-year period. Following arbitration, Girardi secured a $333 million settlement for Hinkley residents.
 
 
 
Guest Bio:
 
Tom Girardi
 
Widely regarded by his peers as one of the nation's top trial lawyers and with nearly fifty years of experience representing victims, Thomas V. Girardi has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, handling claims involving wrongful death, commercial litigation, products liability, bad faith insurance, and toxic torts. In 2003, he received the most prestigious honor of being inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the California State Bar. Mr. Girardi is a Member of the Board of Directors and former President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only worldwide organization, limited to 500 trial lawyers. Mr. Girardi is also the first trial lawyer to be appointed to the California Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the state courts.
 
 
 
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