We are pleased to announce that Lieff Cabraser partners Mark P. Chalos and Kenneth S. Byrd have been re-elected to continue in leadership roles in the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) for the 2020-2021 year. Mark will repeat his position as TTLA Vice President, after earlier serving as Treasurer and Secretary, and Kenny was re-elected to the TTLA Board of Governors.
The Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association is a professional organization of member attorneys dedicated to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Tennessee by way of trial by jury; advancing the science of the legal system; supporting advocacy and justice of the public good; and advancing the cause of those who experience personal harm or property damage. The Association seeks to encourage mutual support and cooperation among members of the bar, and to uphold and improve the adversary system and trial by jury in Tennessee.
Congratulations, Mark and Kenny! And congratulations to newly appointed TTLA president John Griffith.
About Mark Chalos
The managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos (@mpchalos) 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 across the U.S., as well as Native American tribes and health organizations, in the national opioids litigation. He is serving as part of the national case leadership in these cases, including preparing bellwether cases for trial.
Mr. Chalos has tried cases to juries and judges around the country. He serves in the leadership of numerous class actions and multidistrict litigations. He is an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt University Law School, is a frequent speaker at legal seminars nationwide on a variety of civil litigation topics, and is regularly cited by top-tier media outlets.
About Kenny Byrd
A partner in our Nashville office, Kenny Byrd represents clients in mass tort cases, defective product cases and consumer fraud litigation. He is a leader in groundbreaking national litigation filed on behalf of Tennessee governments and taxpayers, among many others, against opioid manufacturers and distributors in the wake of the ongoing national opioids crisis. Kenny also serves on the Early Vetting Committee in the nationwide product defect lawsuit against 3M relating to allegations that for over a decade, 3M provided defective earplugs to men and women in the U.S. military.
In 2013 and 2014, Kenny was the lead trial attorney in obtaining several substantial jury verdicts for smokers and their families, including a $27 million jury verdict and a $41 million jury verdict. These verdicts were ranked by The National Law Journal among the Top 100 Verdicts of 2014 and paved the way to a $100 million global settlement with Big Tobacco in 2015 on behalf of hundreds of gravely injured smokers in Florida, the first smoker cases group settlement by the cigarette companies in history.