Louisiana Court of Appeal Overturns Trial Court Judgment for Plaintiff
- Toxic Torts & Products Liability
- June 17, 2015
Kirby Griffis worked with clients to identify, articulate and prioritize their goals and develops a strategy to accomplish them, which often led to successful litigation outcomes when trial is the best way forward. As a consummate professional and collaborative team player, Kirby remained focused on what is most effective when trying cases for corporate clients in high-stakes pharmaceutical, medical device, and products liability litigation, and in serial litigation cases of national importance.
Named by The National Law Journal as a “Winning Litigator”, one of only twenty lawyers nationwide to be recognized as such in the 2015 special report, Kirby’s trial victory forced a favorable settlement on the last day before closing arguments in a 26-year-old personal-injury case in the Civil District Court for Orleans Parish, Louisiana, an American Tort Reform Association-certified hellhole jurisdiction. Kirby was engaged by agricultural giant Monsanto to work up and try the first case to go to trial in the serial litigation over Roundup herbicide.
Other notable litigation Kirby has defended includes:
Quick on his feet and adaptive under pressure, Kirby’s depth of experience was a byproduct of the leadership roles he played in a number of mass-tort litigation cases. Leading litigation teams both large and small, he coordinated the defense of serial litigation consisting of individual cases, class actions, and consolidated state and federal court proceedings. Kirby was defense liaison counsel for the Composix Kugel MDL in the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, and helped clients effectively respond to massive multi-jurisdictional discovery demands involving international document collections and factual investigations.
Kirby has spoken and written extensively on issues relevant to the defense of products liability and toxic tort litigation, including electronic discovery, scientific evidence, third-party litigation financing, and punitive damages. In law school, he was an Editor of the Virginia Law Review. Following law school, he served as a clerk to the Honorable Glen M. Williams of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
Mr. Griffis shares insights on his most recent victory, including trial tips.
Partner Kirby T. Griffis represents Novartis in this matter.
Washington Legal Foundation's Legal Backgrounder (July 22, 2011) (Kirby T. Griffis)
Cover story for The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel by Firm partner Kirby T. Griffis
LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy, Vol. 23, No. 3 (September 2004) (Kirby T. Griffis)
LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy (November/December 2004) (Kirby T. Griffis)
LJN'S Product Liability Law & Strategy, Vol. 22, No. 4 (October 2003) (Kirby T. Griffis)