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Products Liability Committee

 

Mission

Welcome to the Products Liability website! We are an open, friendly and diverse Committee, combining lawyers of all ages and backgrounds, who come from around the country and work in different practice settings. We are not so large that you will feel lost in the crowd; and large enough with enthusiasm to spare to mount significant CLE programs and other member benefits.


If you have an interest in national, regional or local program planning, publishing articles about the law, creating online columns or CLE, and would like to work with a highly collegial and diverse group of lawyers with interests in products liability law and practice, then you've come to the right Committee!


 
Announcements

 

A Primer for Handling Your First Products Liablility Case

Products liability cases involve complex issues requiring strategic decisions throughout the life of the case. The Committee has put together this Core Knowledge document to serve as a checklist for things to consider when you receive your first products liability case.

 

Expert on Experts

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Eastern

Presented by the Woman Advocate Committee and co-sponsored by the Chemical Subcommittee

 

Expert testimony is often the key to winning or losing a case. Join our panelists—including experienced trial lawyers, in-house counsel and experts—for a discussion of crucial aspects of expert testimony. The panelists will address finding and retaining the right expert, investigating experts, and getting the most out of the expert witness. Register here.

 

Consumer Products Subcommittee Monthly Conference Calls

The Consumer Products Subcommittee monthly conference takes place on the third Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The dial-in number for the call is 1-855-888-6338.  The passcode is 545442.

 

Seeking Contributors to Our Website and Publications

The Products Liability Committee is seeking contributors to its website and publications. We welcome any articles for the webpage or newsletter. This is a great way to get involved, network with some of the best litigators in the country, and contribute to building a valuable resource for products liability litigators. If you have cases of interest, articles, or other resources to add to our website or newsletter, please contact the editors listed below.


 
Message from the Chairs

 

August 2015

As we enjoy the rest of summer and complete the bar year, it is a good time to start planning our fall activities!

 

We hope you will join us at the annual Current Issues in Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Biotech Litigation Regional Meeting, which will be held on October 2, 2015, at Pfizer in New York City. A welcome reception and networking dine-arounds will take place on the evening of October 1, so plan ahead to join us. Also you won’t want to miss the second The Women of the Section of Litigation Conference: Leading, Litigating & Connecting, which will take place November 11–13, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois, at the Swissôtel. Our Women in Products Liability (WIPL) chairs are planning a WIPL networking dinner on November 11, as well as a full day of WIPL tracks and networking on November 12, followed by a day of plenaries and more networking with all conference attendees on November 13. Registration for both of these meetings will be open soon, so keep checking back. Our Joint CLE chairs are busy planning next year’s meeting with the Environmental and Mass Torts Committees, which will be in Park City, Utah, on January 21–23, 2016, at the Grand Summit and Canyons Resort. If you are interested in getting involved in the Products Liability Committee, this is a “must attend” meeting as this is when we plan our activities for the year.

 

We appreciate the hard work being done by all of our subcommittees. A special thanks is in order for our retiring Committee Cochairs, Lara White and Richard Gaal. Their tireless efforts these past three years have built this committee into a “well-oiled machine,” which provides significant benefits to our membership. We will miss Lara and Richard immensely but know they will remain involved in the ABA and the Products Liability Committee. Lara is the incoming cochair for the ABA Annual Meeting to be held in San Francisco in 2016, and Richard is joining the Mass Torts Committee as its new cochair.

 

We welcome Dale Weppner and Sam Felker as the new Product Liability Cochairs. Sam Felker is a shareholder in Baker Donelson's Nashville office and focuses his litigation practice on the defense of product liability, food safety, mass torts, and commercial cases. In pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, Sam has served as national, regional, and local counsel in defending manufacturers throughout the United States. Sam has been involved in the ABA Section of Litigation for many years including leadership positions in  the Products Liability Committee and recently as Chair of the Health Law Committee. Dale Weppner is an shareholder  in  Greensfelder’s St. Louis office where he primarily focuses his litigation practice on the defense of  product liability and traumatic personal injury claims, including trucking and transportation related accidents,  mass tort litigation, as well as class action and general business, and complex commercial litigation  claims. Like Sam, Dale has been involved in several ABA Section of Litigation committees over the years, including serving as Cochair of Sound Advice, the Section’s Marketing and Membership Committee, and Pro Bono Committee.

 

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our dynamic committee, please contact us and our Membership Cochairs will reach out to them. There are many opportunities for leadership, speaking, moderating, writing, and meeting planning, all of which are possible through the work of the subcommittee leadership and subcommittee efforts. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Sarah G. Cronan, Samuel L. Felker, and Dale M. Weppner
Cochairs, Products Liability Committee, 2015–2016


 
Subcommittees

Our active subcommittees include:


  • Website
  • Newsletter
  • Membership
  • Automotive
  • Medical Device
  • Class Actions
  • Consumer Products
  • Food/Supplements

 

  • Corporate Counsel
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Chemical
  • Biotech
  • Women in Products Liability Litigation
  • Young Lawyers
  • Annual Meeting
 

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:

 
 
Navigant Partners

Patrick McGrath


 
 
Products Liability Leadership

Cochairs Web Editors Newsletter Editors

Sarah Grider Cronan

Charlotte, NC


Sam Felker

Nashville, TN


Dale Weppner

St. Louis, MO

Alina Rodriguez

Miami, FL


Makenzie Windfelder

Wilmington, DE

Patrick Fowler

Phoenix, AZ


Andrew Bowman

Oklahoma City, OK