Building upon his experience in complex asbestos cases, the historic tobacco lawsuits and 9/11 litigation, Don Migliori is a multifaceted litigator. He represents victims of terrorism, aviation disasters, environmental contamination, defective medical devices and drugs, occupational diseases and securities and consumer fraud in cutting-edge litigation that spans the country.
As co-leader of Motley Rice's aviation team, Don has played a central role in the extensive discovery, mediations and settlements of more than 50 cases of 9/11 aviation liability and damages against numerous defendants. In this role, Don represents families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks who opted-out of the Victim Compensation Fund to seek greater answers, accountability and recourse, and serves as liaison counsel for all wrongful death and personal injury cases in the 9/11 aviation security litigation. Additionally, he manages anti-terrorism litigation associated with the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a lead attorney of the 9/11 Families United to Bankrupt Terrorism groundbreaking litigation designed to bankrupt the financiers of al Qaeda.
Don serves as co-lead plaintiffs' counsel and liaison counsel for the Composix® Kugel® Mesh multidistrict litigation, In re Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Products Liability Litigation, the first MDL in federal Rhode Island Court, on behalf of thousands of individuals alleging injury by the hernia repair patch. In Christopher Thorpe and Laure Thorpe v. Davol, Inc. and C.R. Bard, Inc., the second case to go to trial out of thousands of cases filed in the MDL, the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island found hernia patch manufacturer Davol and parent company C.R. Bard liable for negligent design of the patch and failure to warn of the dangers associated with the patch. The jury awarded $1.5 million to the plaintiffs for personal injury damages and loss of consortium. He serves as liaison counsel for the Composix® Kugel® Mesh lawsuits consolidated in Rhode Island state court.
Don serves as co-liaison counsel in the N.J. Bard pelvic mesh litigation in Atlantic County and plays a central role in the thousands of cases involving women allegedly harmed by pelvic mesh/sling products. Hundreds of cases have been filed in federal and states courts against defendants that include American Medical Systems, Inc. (AMS), Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Inc., and Johnson & Johnson. He is a member of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the Levaquin® litigation, as well as the Depuy® Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR™ and Pinnacle® Hip Implant MDLs.
Motley Rice's Securities and Consumer Fraud team relied upon Don's experience in connection with the commencement of and strategy for shareholder derivative litigation brought on behalf Chiquita Brands International, Inc., alleging the defendants breached their fiduciary duties by paying bribes to terrorist organizations in violation of U.S. and Columbian law. He also served as trial counsel for PACE Industry Union-Management Pension Fund in a securities case against Forest Laboratories, Inc., and was involved in the initial liability discovery and trial strategy in a still ongoing securities fraud class action involving Household International, Inc.
Don began working with Motley Rice attorneys in 1997 on behalf of the State Attorneys General in the historic lawsuit against Big Tobacco, resulting in the largest civil settlement in U.S. history. He has more than a decade of interdisciplinary experience with asbestos, medical and securities litigation. He tried several noteworthy asbestos cases on behalf of mesothelioma victims, including the state of Indiana's first contractor liability verdict and first premises liability verdict for wrongful exposure to asbestos. He continues to manage asbestos cases and actively litigates mesothelioma lawsuits in the courtroom.
Don is a frequent speaker at legal seminars across the country and has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcast programs, as well as in print media to address legal issues related to terrorist financing, aviation security, class action litigation, premises liability, asbestos and defective medical devices cases. A "Distinguished Practitioner in Residence" at Roger Williams University School of Law for the 2010-2011 academic year, he currently teaches mass torts as an adjunct professor.
Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly each selected Don as being among their 2011 Lawyers of the Year. The 2012 and 2013 editions of Benchmark Plaintiff, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Plaintiff Firms & Attorneys honored him as a "Local Litigation Star" in the Rhode Island rankings in human rights and product liability. An AV® rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell®, Don was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of New England Super Lawyers® and Rhode Island Super Lawyers® and was named among the "Best of the Best" on the Top 10 Rhode Island Super Lawyers 2012 list. He was also selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® for his work in mass tort litigation/class actions- plaintiffs. Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly selected him in 2011 as one of its Lawyers of the Year. In 2010, The National Trial Lawyers named him one of its Top 100 Trial Lawyers™ in Rhode Island, and he was named in the 2010 edition of the Lawdragon™ 3,000. Don was honored in 2005 as one of Providence Business News' Forty Under 40.
Don is the former President of the Rhode Island Association for Justice. He serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and the Board of Directors for the National Center for Victims of Crime. He is also a member of the American Bar Association.
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