Walsworth Franklin Bevins & McCall's Life Sciences practice focuses on the defense of pharmaceutical, medical device and dietary/herbal supplement product liability claims, brought individually, as mass tort, multi-district litigation (MDL), or class action litigation.  Our class action attorneys have substantial experience litigating the nuanced differences between various state and federal class action provisions, including the Class Action Fairness Act, and have successfully defeated class certification in numerous cases, which resulted in a significant reduction in the value of the case.  We have found that our clients derive substantial benefit from our team of dedicated trial attorneys who have successfully taken numerous product cases to verdict and stand ready to try cases at any time and location.  We have litigated and tried cases on our own, as well as a part of a virtual law firm, in an effort to provide clients with the best legal service.

Our attorneys have represented numerous pharmaceutical, medical device, herbal and dietary supplement, and research institution clients as both local and regional counsel.  We have served as national coordinating counsel (NCC) for a number of our clients.  Our in-depth knowledge about our clients' products and business leads to novel strategies and results that, in many cases, our clients thought at the beginning of the litigation were not possible. It is this experience and level of commitment that WFBM clients look to us for in developing national strategies and handling all phases of litigation, including appeals.

In addition to exceptional representation in the courtroom, we also provide pre-litigation avoidance counseling. Our attorneys' extensive litigation experience, technical expertise, and knowledge of our clients' industries are a key to our success in helping clients assess risks and avoid litigation.

In addition to the top notch representation we provide, our clients also praise WFBM for our cost-effective approach to litigation.  While our rates are more than competitive by industry standards, we also routinely engage in alternative fee-arrangements to help clients better anticipate and prepare for the long-term costs associated with litigation.  In addition, our early-case evaluation approach can lead to more efficient resolution of matters, which is always of value to our clients.


Lisa M. Rice

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Orange County
One City Boulevard West
5th Floor
Orange, CA 92868
T: 714.634.2522
F: 714.634.0686

Laurie E. Sherwood

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San Francisco
601 Montgomery Street
Ninth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
T: 415.781.7072
F: 415.391.6258