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David I. Ackerman

Senior Counsel

David Ackerman is a civil litigator with experience representing clients in complex national and international disputes at both trial and appellate levels. He plays a leading role in litigation filed on behalf of governments, state attorneys general, and other entities in order to advance public health and consumer interests.

Sara D. Aguiñiga

Associate

Sara Aguiñiga protects public funds and interests, including health and consumer rights, through representation of public entities.

Andrew P. Arnold

Associate

Andrew Arnold represents institutional investors and individuals in complex securities, corporate governance and shareholder litigation.

Brendan C. Austin

Associate

Brendan Austin works to combat consumer fraud and protects public resources and interests through litigation filed for clients in the public sector.

Kimberly Barone Baden

Member

As a strong advocate for the most defenseless members of society, Kimberly Barone Baden seeks accountability and compensation for victims of corporate misconduct, medical negligence and harmful medical drugs. She manages mass tort pharmaceutical litigation through complex personal injury and economic damages cases.

John A. Baden IV

Member

John Baden represents clients harmed by asbestos exposure in individual and mass tort forums, as well as in complex asbestos bankruptcies, handling complete case management and settlement negotiations for individuals and families suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Frederick C. Baker

Member

A veteran litigator with strong roots in complex litigation, Fred Baker has worked on a broad range of environmental, medical costs recovery, consumer and products liability cases and holds numerous leadership roles within the firm.

Laura K. Behre

Associate General Counsel

As Associate General Counsel at Motley Rice, Laura Khare manages the firm's legal matters, including employment issues, ethics, marketing, commercial contracts and legal defense.

David A. Benner

Associate

David Benner advocates for public clients and is an integral part of a team that has represented city, state and territorial governments in proceedings relating to public health and consumer protection.

Esther E. Berezofsky

Senior Counsel

A trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience litigating complex mass torts, Esther Berezofsky has devoted her career to representing communities impacted by environmental contamination and fighting for the rights of consumers, individuals and families impacted by fraud and misconduct across a range of litigation areas.

E. Paige Boggs

Associate

Paige Boggs represents public entities in complex litigation involving consumer fraud, subprime auto lending and other matters.

Louis M. Bograd

Member

Louis Bograd is a nationally recognized authority on issues of federal preemption, drug and device litigation, and jurisdiction.

James R. Brauchle

Senior Counsel

A former U.S. Air Force navigator, Jim Brauchle brings years of flying experience, leadership skills and knowledge of the aviation industry to his litigation work.

Michael M. Buchman

Member

Michael Buchman has more than 20 years of experience, primarily litigating antitrust, consumer protection and privacy class actions in trial and appellate courts.

Susan L. Burke

Senior Counsel

Susan Burke applies decades of experience litigating complex mass torts in state, federal and appellate courts to reform broken systems, advocate for our nation’s veterans and service members, and address societal problems, such as the opioid crisis.

David D. Burnett

Senior Counsel

As a part of Motley Rice’s opioid litigation team, David Burnett applies more than a decade of experience in plaintiffs-side commercial litigation and finance to investigate complex economic issues in an effort to hold opioid companies responsible for the current epidemic.

Elizabeth A. Camputaro

Associate

Elizabeth Camputaro is part of the team representing county and municipal governments in litigation involving opioid manufacturers and distributors for their alleged deceptive marketing and fraudulent distribution of highly addictive opioids.

Meghan Johnson Carter

Associate

Meghan Johnson Carter litigates cases on behalf of victims of allegedly dangerous pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices.

Meredith Kay Clark

Associate

Meredith Clark litigates for people suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases resulting from exposure in the workplace and secondhand exposure at home.

Michelle C. Clerkin

Associate

Michelle Clerkin represents businesses, consumers, and others in complex antitrust litigation. She actively works to protect the rights of those harmed by violations of the federal and state antitrust laws, including price-fixing and monopolization.

Jessica C. Colombo

Associate

Jessica Colombo works to deter misconduct and fraud by representing individuals and institutional investors in complex securities and consumer protection class actions.

Dennis A. Costigan

Associate

Dennis Costigan litigates for patients suffering from the painful, life-altering injuries associated with allegedly faulty medical devices and works to hold accountable those responsible for inadequate product testing, research and warning.

Samuel B. Cothran Jr.

Member and General Counsel

Sam Cothran creatively addresses the many complex ethical challenges inherent in the cutting-edge practice of a dynamic, multi-jurisdictional law firm. As leader of Motley Rice’s legal department, Sam directs and advises the firm’s management on diverse in-house legal matters regarding governmental compliance, contracts and legal defense, as well as labor and employment, marketing, financial and operational issues.

Sara O. Couch

Associate

Sara Couch represents institutional investors, government entities and consumers in securities and consumer fraud litigation. Sara also assists in the litigation of individual tobacco cases.

Kevin R. Dean

Member

Focusing his litigation efforts on catastrophic injury, products liability, and wrongful death cases, Kevin Dean represents victims and families affected by hazardous consumer products, occupational and industrial accidents, fires, premise injuries and other incidents of negligence.

Natalie Deyneka

Associate

Through her efforts to help workers and workers’ families suffering from asbestos-related diseases, Natalie Deyneka works to hold corporations accountable through the civil justice system while also advocating for health and safety improvements in the workplace.

John C. Duane

Senior Counsel

Former federal prosecutor John Duane applies his experience prosecuting criminal matters to his work representing clients harmed by defective medical devices, implants and drugs, as well as a variety of cases related to negligence, defective products and vehicle incidents.

Michael E. Elsner

Member

Michael Elsner litigates complex civil matters on behalf of people and businesses victimized by commercial malfeasance, violations of human rights, acts of terrorism, occupational disease and environmental disasters. He manages large-scale cross-border litigation and conducts detailed factual investigations.

Elizabeth Cooke Elsner

Counsel

Liza Elsner's practice ranges from helping clients injured by acts of corporate negligence to seeking improvements in worker and environmental health and safety.

Ann E. Rice Ervin

Associate

Ann E. Rice Ervin represents victims injured by harmful pharmaceutical drugs and defective medical devices, working to hold accountable those responsible for corporate wrongdoing and inadequate product warning, research and testing.

John M. Eubanks

Member

With extensive experience investigating terrorist organizations and terrorist financing in the Middle East, John Eubanks represents victims, survivors and their families in litigation designed to bankrupt the financiers of terror, crippling their ability to recruit, train, supply and dispatch terrorist operatives.

Nathan D. Finch

Member

With a diverse background in complex civil litigation, Nate Finch brings more than twenty years of trial experience and strong negotiation skills to Motley Rice. He represents clients in various asbestos, toxic tort, commercial, securities fraud and other complex cases.

Fidelma L. Fitzpatrick

Member

Fidelma Fitzpatrick represents people and communities in toxic tort and environmental matters, including property damage and personal injury claims. Her experience with complex civil litigation has led her to represent other victims of corporate malfeasance, including hundreds of women allegedly injured by medical devices such as Essure® and pelvic mesh/sling products.

Jodi Westbrook Flowers

Member

A veteran of the courtroom, Jodi Westbrook Flowers seeks to protect the health, safety and rights of consumers, families, investors, workers, and victims of crime and terrorism. Jodi has litigated a wide range of cases involving tobacco, asbestos, lead pigment, aviation disasters, consumer fraud, cybersecurity and product defects, as well as terrorist financing and human rights violations.

Rebecca A. Fonseca

Associate

Rebecca Fonseca represents communities impacted by groundwater contamination and other toxic exposures allegedly caused by the wrongful disposal of PFAS chemicals.

Jeanette M. Gilbert

Senior Counsel

Jan Gilbert has spent her legal career assisting those who cannot speak for themselves due to age or illness.

Vincent L. Greene IV

Member

Vin Greene works on behalf of victims of lead poisoning, asbestos-related diseases and defective medical products.

Max N. Gruetzmacher

Associate

Max Gruetzmacher focuses his practice on securities and consumer fraud, representing large public pension funds, unions and other institutional investors in securities and consumer fraud class actions and shareholder derivative suits.

John E. "Rett" Guerry III

Associate

Charleston native Rett Guerry represents railroad and other industrial workers in personal injury, products liability and Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) litigation.

Jennifer G. Guy

Associate

Jennifer Guy’s casework crosses many of the firm’s practice areas, including representing people and businesses impacted by environmental negligence, government entities seeking to advance public health interests, and patients who suffered complications caused by defective medical drugs and devices.

Robert T. Haefele

Senior Counsel

Robert Haefele has spent more than twenty years practicing in complex civil litigation, including asbestos, tobacco and other mass tort and product liability litigation. His area of primary emphasis involves anti-terrorism and human rights, analyzing and litigating complex, domestic and international matters to meet clients’ goals of justice and accountability while simultaneously achieving positive social change.

Scott B. Hall

Senior Counsel

An advocate for people harmed by toxic exposure, chemical-related cancers and other occupational diseases and smoking-related illnesses, Scott Hall has spent more than 15 years working to hold accountable corporations that put profits before people.

Sarah T. Hansel

Associate

Sarah Hansel represents clients in complex environmental, consumer, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. Much of her practice centers on litigating cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts for individuals and communities impacted by toxic environmental exposures.

Andrew D. Harris

Staff Attorney

Andrew Harris works directly with injured workers and their families with regards to asbestos, work-related injuries, and toxic exposure, including guiding clients through complicated bankruptcy trust claims for victims of asbestos-related diseases.

Lee M. Heath

Associate

Lee Heath represents victims who have suffered catastrophic injuries caused by vehicle defects, commercial and industrial equipment, work site injuries, vehicle accidents, medical malpractice as well as victims affected by corporate misconduct and consumer fraud.

Robert C. "Trey" Henderson III

Staff Attorney

Trey Henderson works closely with injured workers and families to file bankruptcy trust claims seeking justice for victims of asbestos-related diseases.

Kristen M. Hermiz

Associate

Kristen Hermiz represents individuals and families suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases caused by occupational, environmental and household asbestos exposure.

John E. Herrick

Member

John Herrick has spent more than 30 years representing victims of asbestos exposure suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Ashley J. Hornstein

Associate

Ashley Hornstein represents people and families suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases caused by occupational, environmental and household asbestos exposure, as well as victims of lead poisoning and other toxic environmental exposures.

T. David Hoyle

Member

David Hoyle works to change corporate conduct through the civil justice system, representing victims of corporate wrongdoing and negligence in litigation ranging from catastrophic incidents to toxic torts and environmental contamination.

James M. Hughes, Ph.D.

Member

Jim Hughes develops strategic legal arguments, drafts and argues motions, and litigates cases involving securities fraud.

John D. Hurst

Member

John Hurst works to hold corporations accountable for the harm they do to individuals and society, developing and executing case strategies in toxic tort, occupational disease, chemical flavoring, catastrophic injury, medical device and product liability cases.

Shalom D. Jacks

Staff Attorney

Shalom Jacks seeks justice for workers and families who are battling debilitating occupational illnesses, including mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, as well as severe workplace injuries caused by corporate negligence and malfeasance.

Rebecca E. Jacobs

Staff Attorney

Rebecca Jacobs focuses her practice on managing discovery efforts and implementing e-discovery best practices in large-scale antitrust, whistleblower, securities, and consumer fraud class actions.

Mathew P. Jasinski

Member

Mathew Jasinski represents consumers, businesses, and governmental entities in class action and complex cases involving consumer protection, unfair trade practices, commercial, environmental and securities litigation. He also represents whistleblowers in qui tam cases under the False Claims Act.

Rebecca M. Katz

Senior Counsel

As a lead attorney on Motley Rice’s whistleblower litigation team, Rebecca Katz represents and protects individual whistleblowers who expose corporate misconduct.

Anne McGinness Kearse

Member

With more than two decades of experience in complex litigation, Anne brings a passion for justice to each case, working for her clients and seeking to bring those responsible to account.

Marlon E. Kimpson

Member

Marlon Kimpson represents victims of corporate malfeasance, from investors in securities fraud cases to people injured or killed in catastrophic incidents.

Annie E. Kouba

Associate

Annie Kouba represents institutional investors in securities fraud and shareholder litigation as well as public clients and government entities.

W. Taylor Lacy

Associate

Taylor Lacy focuses his practice on catastrophic injury, and products liability litigation against diverse corporate defendants.

Daniel R. Lapinski

Senior Counsel

Daniel Lapinski has nearly 20 years of litigation experience, with a focus on mass tort litigation and complex consumer actions in state, federal and appellate courts.

James W. Ledlie

Member

A trial lawyer, James Ledlie has spent the past 20 years advocating for clients throughout the country while furthering complex litigation related to public health, worker safety and other issues.

Gregg S. Levin

Member

With more than three decades of legal experience, Gregg Levin represents domestic and foreign institutional investors and union pension funds in corporate governance, directorial misconduct and securities fraud matters.

Temitope O. Leyimu

Associate

Tope Leyimu focuses her practice on people and families whose lives have been affected by catastrophic injuries or death as a result of corporate wrongdoing, occupational hazards and environmental negligence.

Josh Littlejohn

Member

With a broad base of experience in complex litigation—including securities fraud, corporate governance, whistleblower cases under Dodd-Frank and the False Claims Act and catastrophic injury cases—Josh Littlejohn plays a key role on the Motley Rice securities litigation team, particularly cases involving healthcare.

Mimi Y. Liu

Member

Mimi Liu protects public resources and interests through investigations and litigation filed for state attorneys general, governments, and other public entities.

Miles Loadholt

Of Counsel

Miles Loadholt has practiced law for over four decades in the areas of occupational disease, worker safety and business litigation.

P. Graham Maiden

Associate

Graham Maiden represents victims and family members who have suffered due to negligence, dangerous products, and corporate misconduct in domestic and international cases. His practice is wide-ranging and includes product liability, anti-terrorism, occupational disease, sexual assault, catastrophic injury and medical drugs and devices.

Robert J. McConnell

Member

Bob McConnell’s practice concentrates on lead pigment litigation, childhood lead poisoning cases, groundwater and soil contamination cases and other toxic environmental litigation. He represents victims seeking corporate accountability as a result of personal injury, property damage and economic loss as a result of negligent environmental practices.

Michaela Shea McInnis

Associate

Michaela McInnis represents individuals, states, cities and other municipalities in environmental litigation involving harmful exposure to lead paint and other sources of environmental contamination.

Nathaniel L. McMurry

Staff Attorney

Nathaniel McMurry champions causes affecting workers and their families, such as corporate negligence leading to occupational diseases, and severe workplace injuries.

Kate E. Menard

Associate

Katie Menard is committed to helping people harmed by allegedly defective medical devices, including women suffering from painful and serious injuries caused transvaginal mesh and pelvic mesh devices.

Donald A. Migliori

Member

Building upon his experience in complex asbestos cases, the historic tobacco lawsuits and 9/11 litigation, Don Migliori is a multifaceted litigator who can navigate both the courtroom and the negotiating table. He represents victims of defective medical devices and drugs, occupational diseases, terrorism, aviation disasters, antitrust, and securities and consumer fraud in mass torts and other cutting-edge litigation that spans the country.

Chelsea L. Monroe

Associate

Chelsea Monroe represents victims of defective medical devices, as well as families and communities harmed by toxic exposure.

Christopher F. Moriarty

Associate

Christopher Moriarty litigates securities fraud, corporate governance, and other complex class action litigation in the U.S. and counsels institutional investors on opportunities to seek recovery in securities-related actions in both the U.S. and internationally. His practice encompasses every aspect of litigation, from case-starting to settlement.

Ronald L. Motley

Founding Member

Ron Motley (1944 – 2013) fought for greater justice, accountability and recourse, and has been widely recognized as one of America’s most accomplished and skilled trial lawyers. During a career that spanned more than four decades, his persuasiveness before a jury and ability to break new legal and evidentiary ground brought to justice two once-invincible giant industries whose malfeasance took the lives of millions of Americans—asbestos and tobacco.

William H. Narwold

Member

Bill Narwold has advocated for corporate accountability and fiduciary responsibility for nearly 40 years, representing consumers, governmental entities, unions and institutional investors. He litigates complex securities fraud, shareholder rights and consumer fraud lawsuits, as well as matters involving unfair trade practices, antitrust violations and whistleblower/qui tam claims.

Jeffrey C. Nelson

Associate

Jeffrey Nelson represents state, tribal and local governments in a wide variety of matters, primarily related to consumer protection and deceptive marketing.

William S. Norton

Member

Bill Norton litigates securities fraud, corporate governance, False Claims Act, SEC whistleblower and other complex class action and commercial litigation.

John David O'Neill

Associate

John David O’Neill focuses his litigation efforts on catastrophic injury, product liability, automotive defect, and wrongful death cases. With a background in engineering, John brings a technical approach to case review and analysis.

Meghan S. B. Oliver

Member

Meghan Oliver’s practice focuses on complex litigation and class actions, including work on securities fraud cases, general commercial litigation, and consumer fraud litigation.

Lance Oliver

Member

Lance Oliver is a trial lawyer who litigates class actions, mass torts, and other complex matters. He has experience with all phases of litigation from filing the complaint, trying the case, and pursuing appeals. His practice focuses on securities and consumer fraud class actions, tobacco litigation, and other defective products.

Jacob Onile-Ere

Associate

Jacob Onile-Ere litigates alleged violations of federal and state antitrust and consumer protection laws in order to protect businesses and consumers from price-fixing, pay-for-delay schemes, monopolization and other misconduct that hinders market competition.

Jonathan D. Orent

Member

Jonathan Orent litigates for people alleging harm by defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs, including all aspects of discovery and expert development. He represents women suffering from painful side effects associated with pelvic mesh/sling products, hernia patients harmed by mesh repairs, as well as military service members suffering from hearing loss due to allegedly defective earplugs.

Andrew W. Patterson

Associate

Andrew Patterson assists people suffering from mesothelioma and other life-threatening lung diseases caused by asbestos exposure.

Michael J. Pendell

Member

Michael Pendell focuses his practice on representing people affected by corporate wrongdoing, including whistleblowers, and people harmed by tobacco and dangerous pelvic mesh devices. He also represents pension fund trustees and other institutional investors in securities, consumer fraud, and other complex class actions.

Kelly A. Quillin

Staff Attorney

Kelly Quillin seeks to hold businesses accountable and recover losses for individuals and institutional investors caused by corporate wrongdoing and misconduct.

Michael J. Quirk

Senior Counsel

Michael Quirk practices in the areas of consumer rights, class action, mass tort, and appellate litigation.

Joseph F. Rice

Founding Member

Motley Rice co-founder Joe Rice is recognized as a skillful and innovative negotiator of complex litigation settlements, having served as the lead negotiator in some of the largest civil actions our courts have seen in the last 20 years.

Ann K. Ritter

Senior Counsel

Ann Ritter is a multi-faceted litigator and negotiator with more than 35 years of experience in complex litigation involving matters as varied as securities, products liability and consumer protection.

Bruno Rosenbaum

Legal Consultant

Bruno Rosenbaum consults on complex securities fraud class actions, merger and acquisition cases and shareholder derivative suits on behalf of domestic and foreign institutional investors.

Michael G. Rousseau

Member

Michael Rousseau focuses his practice on representing people harmed by defective medical devices, as well as workers and families impacted by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related lung diseases.

Lisa M. Saltzburg

Senior Counsel

Lisa Saltzburg represents individuals, government entities and institutional clients in complex securities and consumer fraud actions, public client litigation, and a variety of other consumer and commercial matters.

Mary F. Schiavo

Member

A CNN Analyst and former U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General, Mary Schiavo seeks accountability and industry change from corporations, institutions and the government so that they may meet their obligation to protect the safety and security of the traveling public. View Mary's media clips.

Carmen S. Scott

Member

With a focus on women's products, Carmen Scott represents victims of medical negligence, harmful medical drugs and devices and corporate misconduct.

Jennie L. Scudder-Levin

Senior Counsel

Jennie Scudder-Levin primarily represents clients harmed by environmental contaminants and is involved in the firm’s medical device and opioid epidemic litigation.

Linda Singer

Member

Linda Singer represents governments, attorneys general and other public entities in high-impact, high-stakes litigation and investigations as head of the firm’s Public Client practice area. The former Attorney General of the District of Columbia, Linda’s knowledge and experience includes serving in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors.

Elizabeth Smith

Member

Elizabeth Smith represents clients injured by corporate wrongdoing, with an emphasis on anti-terrorism, human rights, tobacco, and public client litigation.

Cindi A. Solomon

Associate

Cindi Solomon represents dozens of states, cities, counties and other municipalities as part of Motley Rice’s opioid litigation team.

Laura K. Stemkowski

Associate

Laura Stemkowski advocates for victims harmed by medical drugs and devices and corporate misconduct, with a focus on women’s products such as Essure®, power morcellators and Mirena® IUD birth control.

Jacob R. Stout

Associate

Jake Stout utilizes the civil justice system to hold negligent corporations accountable for preventable injuries and diseases suffered by workers and their families.

W. Christopher Swett

Member

A trial lawyer, Chris Swett goes up against alleged suppliers of asbestos-contaminated talc and manufacturers of cosmetic talcum powder products in litigation filed for consumers suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

Fred Thompson III

Member

With decades of diverse experience in personal injury, commercial and toxic tort law, Fred Thompson represents people harmed by negligence, product defects or misconduct. As a leader of the medical litigation team, Fred manages cases related to defective medical devices, harmful pharmaceutical drugs, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse.

Meredith B. Weatherby

Associate

Meredith Weatherby develops and litigates securities fraud class actions and shareholder derivative suits on behalf of institutional investors.

Hannah S. Werner

Associate

Hannah Werner advocates for patients suffering from health complications caused by allegedly defective and dangerous medical drugs and devices, such as Essure®, a permanent birth control device. Her practice also includes representing clients who have suffered from lead poisoning.

Erin Casey Williams

Associate

Erin Casey Williams protects the interests of institutional investors and consumers through complex securities litigation.