- J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 1999
- B.A., College of Charleston, 1996
Carmen helps lead Motley Rice's mass tort pharmaceutical litigation by managing complex personal injury and economic recovery damages cases. She has been on the forefront of national litigation, including multidistrict litigation pending in California for thousands of women who developed severe health complications allegedly caused by Bayer Corp.’s contraceptive device Essure®. She previously litigated claims involving NuvaRing®, Yaz® and Yasmin® birth control drugs and devices, and served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re NuvaRing Products Liability Litigation. She also served as co-lead counsel in In re Mirena Product Liability state court consolidation in New Jersey, and as co-chair of the AAJ Mirena® IUD Litigation Group. She served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the multidistrict litigation In re Power Morcellator Products Liability Litigation and currently In re Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation. Carmen also represents clients in a variety of drug product matters in state and federal courts, including Zantac®.
Prior to joining Motley Rice in 2005 and concentrating her efforts on the medical practice area, Carmen represented numerous clients in jury trials, working on products liability, personal injury and business cases for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Carmen is a frequent speaker on medical litigation and topics involving women's products, regularly lecturing at both legal seminars and public advocacy events on such issues as plaintiffs' rights in medical negligence and dangerous drug cases. She has been quoted in numerous national media outlets and publications, including The Associated Press, NBC News New York, Marie Claire and MotherJones.
A South Carolina native and active in the community, Carmen served as a College of Charleston alumni board member. She also proudly served on the Board of the South Carolina chapter of Make-A-Wish for many years, fundraising and promoting the organization's mission, and continues to serve as a "wish-granter" for families. She also formerly served as a board member for the nonprofit organization Charleston County Friends of the Library.
2015–2019 South Carolina Super Lawyers® list
Personal injury – products: plaintiff; Class action/mass torts: plaintiff
2013–2014 South Carolina Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list
2013 Forty Under 40
2018–2020 Charleston, S.C. Personal injury litigation–plaintiffs; Product liability litigation–plaintiffs