Attorney Justin Presnal is a shareholder in the Complex Litigation Department at Simmons Hanly Conroy, based in College Station, Texas. Justin’s cases involve dangerous drugs and medical devices, class actions and other complex litigation matters.
Justin has practiced law since 1993, working on a wide array of cases. He has represented individuals and businesses in trial and appellate courts throughout the country, often involving complicated jurisdictional and choice of law issues.
“The Complex Litigation Department at Simmons Hanly Conroy is on the cutting edge of high stakes litigation, constantly looking at novel legal theories to help the clients we represent,” Justin said. “No case is too complicated or difficult for us to handle, and we have the experience and resources needed to creatively and strategically win hard cases.”
Working Closely with Clients
Justin works diligently on the analytical and strategic components of his clients’ cases. He takes the lead on pleadings preparation and writing briefs for trial and appellate courts. Along with other attorneys in the firm and with outside co-counsel, he analyzes potential cases, develops strategies for pursuing those cases, and oversees the papers filed with the court that present the case. When working with his clients, he believes it is of the utmost importance for clients to understand the litigation process and strategy for the case.
“It’s the client’s case, not mine. They look to me to chart the course for their case, but they are not merely a passenger on the voyage. It’s very important that they are involved and completely understand everything that is happening along the way,” he said. “I feel it is critically important for clients to be fully informed so they can make the best decisions regarding their cases.”
Justin graduated with honors from Texas A&M University in 1990 and then attended Baylor University School of Law, graduating cum laude in 1993. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1993, as well as the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. He is board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a member of the American Association for Justice, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
In 2016, Justin was acknowledged by Best Lawyers as one of the “Best Lawyers in Texas,” as well as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in 2016 and 2017 in the areas of Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Litigation and Appellate Practice. He was also recognized as a Texas “Super Lawyer – Rising Star” for the state of Texas in 2005. Justin is a native of Bryan, Texas, where his family has lived for several generations.
Appointments and Representative Cases:
Justin was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in MDL 2391, In re: Biomet M2A Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, currently pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
He also was appointed to the Law and Motions Committee in MDL 2244, In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, currently pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Justin was part of the trial team that obtained jury verdicts in favor of the plaintiffs in that MDL:
- $1 Billion verdict; In Re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2244, No. 13-3631, Rosa Metzler, et al. v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 12-2066, Michael Weiser v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 13-3631, Judith Rodriguez v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 13-3938, Linda Standerfer v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 14-1730, Kathleen Davis, et al. v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 15-1767, Marvin Andrews, et al. v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., et al., No. 15-3484. (Six cases consolidated for trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, alleging injuries from “Pinnacle” metal-on-metal hip implants designed and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson.)
- $502 million verdict; Aoki v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:13-cv-01071-K; Christopher v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:14-cv-01994-K; Greer v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:12-cv-01672-K; Klusmann v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:11-cv-02800-K; and Peterson v. DePuy Orthopedics, et al., No. 3:11-cv-01941-K. (Five cases consolidated for trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division alleging injuries from “Pinnacle” metal-on-metal hip implants designed and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson.)
Other representative matters in which Justin has been involved include the following:
- MCI Sales and Service, Inc. v. Hinton, 329 S.W.3d 475 (Tex. 2010), cert. denied, __ U.S. __, 131 S. Ct. 2903 (2011) (appeal of a product liability jury verdict involving a motor coach that was found to be defectively designed and unsafe because it was not equipped with seat belts or laminated side window glass; the Texas Supreme Court rejected the defendants’ contention that the plaintiffs’ claims were preempted by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act.)
- Brianne Miller, et al. v. Sikorsky Support Services, Inc., No. 2:11-cv-00087, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi Division (representing the widow of a Navy instructor pilot killed during a training flight.)
- Rowan Companies, Inc. v. Signal International, LLC, No. 2007-47010, in the District Court of Harris County, Texas (litigation involving defective construction of offshore “jack-up” drilling rig.)
- British American Offshore Limited v. TCW Global Project Fund II, Ltd., No. 2005-64490, in the District Court of Harris County, Texas; In re TCW Global Project Fund II, Ltd., 274 S.W.3d 166 (Tex. App.—14th Dist. 2008) (commercial dispute between drilling contractor and North Sea operator and its lender over cancelled drilling contract and related mandamus proceeding involving enforcement of forum selection clause.)
- Rowan Companies, Inc. v. Amoco (UK) Exploration Company, No. 1999-2626, in the District Court of Harris County, Texas (litigation involving cancelled offshore drilling contract with parallel proceedings in Texas and the United Kingdom.)
- Victor C. Baris, et al. v. Sulpicio Lines, Inc., et al., 74 F.3d 567 (5th Cir. 1996) (litigation involving the sinking of the ferry M/V Dona Paz in the Philippines, in which approximately 5,000 Philippine passengers perished.)
- Ker & Downey Safaris, Ltd. v. Friedkin Adventure Companies Inc., et al., No. 1994-420767, in the District Court of Harris County, Texas (representing an iconic Kenya-based safari company in trademark infringement and unfair competition dispute.)
- Cynthia Wilkinson v. McDonnell Douglas Corp., No. 1992-49470, in the District Court of Harris County, Texas (representing the widow of a U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot killed in a crash in Germany.)
- Kathleen Farris v. Wilrig (U.S.A.) Inc., No. 1992-16041, in the District Court of Harris County, Texas (representing the widow of an electrician killed while working on an offshore oil rig in the Port of Galveston.)
- Lee Kern, et al. v. Jeppesen Sanderson, Inc., et al., No. 1993-45153, In the District Court of Harris County, Texas (litigation involving the 1992 crash of Pakistan International Airlines flight PK268 while en route to Kathmandu, Nepal, killing all passengers and crew aboard.)
- Elena Lozano, et al. v. GPE Controls, et al., No. 1987-33476, in the District Court of Harris County, Texas (litigation involving death of U.S. airman and Korean civilians in explosion of fuel storage tank at Osan Air Base, South Korea in 1986.)
- Representing numerous individuals in other personal injury and wrongful death claims caused by industrial and maritime accidents, automobile accidents, and defective products.