Bess DeVaughn represents individuals and families impacted by the effects of corporate negligence and misconduct.
Bess’ casework includes advocating for people who have been injured by and through being prescribed or treated with dangerous medical drugs and devices. She is a part of the trial team in the matter of In re Proton-Pump Inhibitor Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2789 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Bess is also involved in litigation on behalf of communities impacted by environmental contamination and by exposure to chemical waste. She is part of a team representing people who developed Parkinson’s Disease after being exposed to Paraquat weed killer and litigates other toxic exposure matters.
Prior to joining Motley Rice, Bess worked for firms in New York and Louisiana where she litigated cases involving complex pharmaceutical product liability and personal injury cases. She was actively involved in the Xarelto® and Belviq® litigations where she worked to bring justice to plaintiffs who alleged they were injured by drugs that failed to warn patients of certain adverse side effects. Additionally, Bess worked on the 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2885 pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
While completing her legal studies, Bess served as a Loyola Law Review Editorial Board Member, worked as the publication’s Casenote & Comment Editor and received the “Best Casenote” award following a vote by local judges. She completed several legal clerkships throughout Louisiana, including for State Court Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier in Criminal District Court.
Bess worked as a student practitioner at the Stuart H. Immigration Clinic where she represented children seeking asylum in the United States. While at Loyola Law, Bess also served as a legal research and writing tutor for first year students, a research assistant, teaching assistant, Moot Court brief writer and was a member of the St. Thomas More Inn of Court in addition to studying abroad in Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and France.
J.D., magna cum laude, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, 2015
B.A., cum laude, Louisiana State University, 2012
- District of Columbia
Admitted to Practice Before
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
Louisiana State Bar Association
Washington, D.C. Bar Association