Lieff Cabraser partners Mark Chalos, Annika K. Martin, and Kenny Byrd spoke at the July 8 Class Action Litigation Group program as part of this year’s American Association for Justice annual convention. Chalos served as CALG program moderator, while Byrd presented material as part of the “Current and Future Landscape of Class Actions” panel, and Martin, who is the current co-chair of the Class Action Litigation Group, presented on the “Getting the Most Out of Your Team” panel.

Kenny S. Byrd and Mark P. Chalos

Photo: Kenneth S. Byrd and Mark P. Chalos

The American Association for Justice’s mission is to promote a fair and effective justice system, and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms. As the world’s largest trial bar, AAJ promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights — particularly the right to trial by jury — and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety.

Annika K. Martin and Mark P. Chalos

Photo: Annika K. Martin and Mark P. Chalos

The AAJ’s annual convention presents the opportunity for leaders in a myriad of practice areas to join in lively exchange during the more than 200 convention events and programs. Accomplished trial lawyers and experts discuss the latest developments in trial advocacy and specialized topics at cutting-edge Continuing Legal Education programs designed to optimize client representation and legal expertise across the bar. Learn more at

About Annika K. Martin

A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Annika K. Martin represents plaintiffs in class action and mass tort litigation concerning consumer fraudenvironmental issues, and products liability. In April 2018, Annika was named Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in the national consumer fraud class action MDL against General Motors Company on behalf of all persons who purchased or leased certain GM vehicles equipped with an allegedly defective air conditioning system. Annika is the current co-chair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group.

About Kenneth S. 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. Byrd is also a member of Lieff Cabraser’s False Claims Act practice group, helping whistleblowers to stop fraud and the misuse of funds in government contracts and programs. Over the last several years, 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.

About Mark P. 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. Mark represents counties and cities nationwide in the national opioids litigation. He is serving in the national case leadership, including preparing the bellwether cases for trial.


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