Lieff Cabraser Nashville attorneys Mark P. Chalos, Kenneth S. Byrd, and John T. Spragens were featured at the Tennessee Bar Association’s Southeast Complex Litigation Forum on September 7, 2017 in Nashville. Mr. Chalos served as the forum’s program producer, and Mr. Spragens and Mr. Byrd (pictured above) spoke on the panel, “Uh Oh – My Case Got Sucked into an MDL.”
Leveraging the expertise of national litigators, the Forum seeks to teach about the latest approaches in cutting-edge aggregate litigation, including emerging litigation involving opioids, medical devices, pharmaceutical drugs, and consumer products. This seminar covered the latest developments in mass torts, class actions, and multi-district litigation (MDLs).
Featured panelists discussed litigation tips and best practices on how to approach discovery in the post-proportionality world. The program is aimed at plaintiffs’ lawyers, as well as defense lawyers and in-house counsel.
About Mark Chalos
The managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. He has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for families who have been harmed by wrongful conduct.
Through jury trials, Mr. Chalos has held wrong-doers accountable, including representing 32 school children who were videotaped undressing in their school locker room ($1.28 million jury verdict) and a young woman who suffered a severe brain injury in a car wreck (nearly $4 million jury verdict). He also obtained an $8 million arbitration award on behalf of a business client.
About Kenneth Byrd
A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office Kenneth Byrd represents consumers in consumer protection cases and individuals and the families of loved ones who died in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed in courts in Tennessee and across the Southeast and Midwest. Mr. Byrd is also a member of Lieff Cabraser’s False Claim Act practice group, helping whistleblowers to stop fraud and the misuse of funds in government contracts and programs.
Over the last several years, Mr. Byrd has represented the families of deceased smokers in trials in Florida federal court against the tobacco companies for their 50-year conspiracy of misrepresenting the dangers of smoking cigarettes and for intentionally engineering the design of cigarettes to make them more addictive. In several trials, juries have returned multi-million dollar verdicts. Mr. Byrd was lead trial counsel in such a jury trial that led to a notable 2013 victory, and has been second chair in several other trials.
About John Spragens
John Spragens is an associate in Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office who represents plaintiffs in class action injury, consumer, and whistleblower litigation against corporations that manufacture dangerous and defective products, conspire to fix prices, and misuse taxpayer funds. A member of the firm’s defective products and personal injury practice groups, he has represented families of deceased smokers in trials in Florida federal court against the tobacco companies for their 50-year conspiracy of misrepresenting the dangers of smoking cigarettes and for intentionally engineering the design of cigarettes to make them more addictive. In 2014, he participated in a tobacco industry trial in which a jury awarded his gravely injured client $27 million in compensatory and punitive damages.