America’s most influential lawyers and law firms announced

The Trial Lawyer, the official magazine of The National Trial Lawyers, has announced its lists of the most influential lawyers and law firms for the past year.

The RoundTable is made up of America’s 50 most influential civil plaintiff and criminal defense lawyers. Nominations are accepted from the magazine’s readership, and each lawyer is evaluated for his or her professional achievements, trial results, and ability to make a difference in the legal community.

The Forum is comprised of the 25 most influential civil plaintiff law firms in the United States. Readers may also nominate firms for The Forum, and each firm is also evaluated for professional achievements, trial results and effective impact in the legal community.

A list of the newest members of The RoundTable and The Forum is available by clicking on the hyperlinks. The lawyers and law firms will be honored at the Trial Lawyers Summit being held February 4-7, 2018 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in South Beach, Florida.

The National Trial Lawyers President Speaks Out on Sanford, Florida Fatal Shooting

By Andrew Findley and Niki Pierce

Mike Papantonio, the president of The National Trial Lawyers, talked about the recent killing of a young black man in Florida on MSNBC’s The Ed Show on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.  Papantonio criticized the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) involvement in passing the “Stand Your Ground” law passed in Florida.  The “Stand Your Ground” law is getting attention after the recent fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.  Police say George Zimmerman shot Martin February 26 while acting as a neighborhood watchman.  Zimmerman, who has not been arrested, says he shot Martin in self-defense.  The Justice Department is investigating the shooting.

To watch video of Papantonio’s appearance, please click the link below:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45755822/vp/46815616#46815616

Former National Trial Lawyers President Howard Nations Leads Lawsuit against Makers of Pradaxa

(Houston, TX)  Texas attorney Howard Nations, the immediate past president of The National Trial Lawyers, is taking on the manufacturer of Pradaxa, a blood thinning drug which the FDA is investigating for possibly causing serious, possibly fatal bleeding.  Doctors prescribe Pradaxa to help reduce strokes and prevent blood clots in patients diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib), sometimes referred to as an irregular heartbeat.   Nations says the drug has been linked to bleeding so severe that it can sometimes cause death and may cause heart attacks.  Pradaxa is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG of Germany.

The Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert regarding Pradaxa in December, 2011.  The FDA is conducting a safety review of reports of serious bleeding related to taking Pradaxa.  Health agencies in Europe, Japan and New Zealand have also reported cases of severe and sometimes fatal bleeding that may have been caused by Pradaxa.  The drug was introduced as an alternative to Warfarin, a commonly-used anti-coagulant.  However unlike Warfarin, severe bleeding caused by Pradaxa cannot be stopped by injections of vitamin K.  Nations says there is no antidote for bleeding caused by Pradaxa.  More than two million Americans have atrial fibrillation, which makes them prone to blood clots which can cause strokes.

Howard Nations has represented clients in all 50 states in Mass Tort pharmaceutical actions, and is available to comment on Pradaxa and its side effects.  He has served as president of The National Trial Lawyers, The Texas Trial Lawyers Association, The Southern Trial Lawyers Association, the Belli Society and the Aletheia Institute, as well as serving on the executive committee of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  His practice is based in Houston, Texas.

The National Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only organization made up of America’s premier trial lawyers.  Membership is extended only to civil plaintiff or criminal defense attorneys who have superior leadership, reputation, influence and stature in the legal community.  For more information or to schedule an interview with Mr. Nations, contact Andrew Findley at 866-665-2852 or Adair Baine-McDonald at 334-699-8800.