Laura S. Fitzpatrick is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy in the Complex Litigation Department. Based out of the New York office, her primary practice is in the area of complex class action and multidistrict litigation, including medical device and pharmaceutical products liability cases and clergy sexual abuse cases.

In her 10-plus years practicing law, Laura has built an extensive resume with impressive results. Familiar with all phases of litigation both in and out of the courtroom, Laura’s experience establishes her as a valuable member of any team. Her ability to work collaboratively with hundreds of lawyers from dozens of law firms accentuates her already notable skill set.

In February 2020, Laura was appointed to the Plaintiffs Executive Committee (PEC) for the MDL involving Allergen’s Biocell textured breast implants, which were linked to a rare type of cancer called anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL). The litigation is In re: Allergan Biocell Implant Products Liability, MDL 2921 (District of New Jersey).

Laura has considerable federal court experience as an active member of the bellwether trial teams for the following litigations: In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL 2804 (Northern District of Ohio); In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2244 (Northern District of Texas); and In re: Genetically Modified Rice Litigation, MDL 1811 (Eastern District of Missouri). She has argued before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on behalf of her clients and is intimately familiar with the MDL practice, having co-authored several bar law journal articles on topics ranging from the ethical considerations of global and class settlements to MDL bellwether trial practice and procedure.

In addition to her courtroom experience, Laura has become adept at the proverbial “nuts and bolts” of litigation, including but not limited to taking depositions, preparing experts, and contributing considerably to strategic decision-making, both with respect to pre-liability development and settlement negotiations.

While Laura has established herself as a valued member of every MDL she’s been part of, perhaps the most notable example came in 2019. Laura served as an integral member of the firm’s Prescription Opiate MDL trial team and was instrumental to its success. She and other members of the team helped to secure $325 million in settlements for two Ohio counties ravaged by the opioid epidemic. The MDL, dubbed by the New York Times as “the most daunting legal challenge in the country,” presented an intricate web of obstacles and challenges that Laura and the rest of the team navigated successfully, setting a precedent of success for further trials to come.

Laura joined the firm in 2013 and was promoted to shareholder in 2020. Before joining the firm, Laura served as a judicial extern to federal judge Carl J. Barbier in the Eastern District of Louisiana. She went on to work as a law clerk where she managed the docket for federal judge Tucker L. Melacon in the Western District of Louisiana and in the Eastern District of New York and District of Connecticut where Judge Melancon was a visiting judge.

Laura attended Louisiana State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2010. She earned her J.D. from Tulane Law School in 2009. She is admitted to practice in Louisiana; the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Representative Cases

  • In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, MDL 2804. Northern District of Ohio.
  • In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2244. Northern District of Texas.
  • St. Louis v. Perlitz et al., 3:13-cv-01132, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
  • In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products  Liability Litigation, MDL 2299. Western District of Louisiana
  • In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2197. Northern District of Ohio
  • In re: Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, And Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2672. Northern District of California
  • In re: Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Product Liability Litigation, MDL 2151. Central District of California.
  • In re: Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant Products. Liability Litigation, MDL 2272 Northern District of Illinois.
  • In re: Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2391. Northern District of Indiana
  • In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deep Water Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20 2010 Litigation, MDL 2179. Eastern District of Louisiana.
  • In re: Nuvaring Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1964. Eastern District of Missouri.
  • In re: Pool Products Distribution Market Antitrust Litigation, MDL 2328. Eastern District of Louisiana.
  • In re: Genetically Modified Rice Litigation, MDL 1811. Eastern District of Missouri

Practice Areas:

  • Class Actions
  • Consumer Protection
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • Louisiana, 2009
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana, 2009
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2009

Recognition:

Judicial Extern to Honorable Carl J. Barbier, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana (2008-2009)

Law Clerk to Honorable Tucker L. Melancon, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Louisiana and Visiting Judge in Eastern District of New York and District of Connecticut (2009-2010)

Representative Experience:

Pharmaceutical Litigation

Education:

  • Louisiana State University (B.A., 2006)
  • Tulane Law School (J.D., 2009)