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Janet Gilligan Abaray Esq

Janet Gilligan Abaray Esq

In re Depakote Products Liability Litigation
  • Products Liability, Personal Injury, Business Law
  • Ohio, Ohio
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Janet G. Abaray acts as managing shareholder for the Cincinnati Ohio office of Burg Simpson. She has litigated extensively in the area of pharmaceutical products liability and represents plaintiffs in employment, insurance and contract disputes. She was appointed Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in the Depakote Products Liability Cases (SDIll); served as Science Co-Chair in the Yasmin MDL (SDIll); member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Heparin MDL (NDOH); appointed National Co-Lead Counsel in the Orthro Evra MDL (NDOH), and served as National Liaison Counsel for the Ephedra MDL (SDNY) She also served as Chair of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission Sub-Committee on the Judicial Branch and Administration of Justice. She counseled with the Kentucky Attorney General to represent the Commonwealth in consumer claims against Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Best Lawyers named Ms. Abaray Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury in Cincinnati 2020 and 2015 Top 15 Business Women in Ohio by the National Diversity Council. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, 2005-2020. She was named 2014 Lawyer of the Year by Carl B. Rubin Legal Society. She earned her B.A. (1979) and J.D. (1982) degrees from the University of Cincinnati, graduating Summa Cum Laude from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and Order of the Coif from the College of Law. Ms. Abaray received the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences. She has published in Trial Magazine, the American Bar Association Litigation Journal, the University of Cincinnati Law Review, the University of Dayton Law Review and the American Bar Association Products Liability Newsletter. She serves as Chair of the AAJ Preemption Litigation Group and is a member of the AAJ Legal Affairs Committee. She lectures frequently in the areas of products liability litigation, trial techniques, civil procedure and epidemiology.

Practice Areas
  • Products Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • General Civil
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    I can meet with you in person or by phone to confidentially discuss your potential claim.
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Ohio
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Ohio
Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Attorney Services
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs
In re Depakote Products Liability Litigation
Current
Appointed by the Honorable Nancy Rosenstengel, S.D. Ill
Member of Plaintiffs Executive Committee and Naitonal Liaison Counsel
In re Ephedra Products Liability Litigation (MDL 1598)
Current
Appointed by the Honorable Jeb Rakoff, USDC, SDNY
Co-lead Counsel for Plaintiffs
In re Ortho Evra Products Liabity Litigation (MDL 1742)
Current
Appointed by the Honorable David D. Katz, N.D. Ohio
Executive Committee
In re Heprin Products Liabity Litigation (MDL 2100)
Current
Appointed by the Honorable James G. Carr, Chief Judge, N.D. Ohio
Lead Counsel for Plaintiff Class
Reedy v. Cincinnati Bengals
Current
Appointed by the Honorable Robert P. Ruehlman
Lead Counsel for Plaintiff Class
Dunkelman v. CIncinnati Bengals
Current
Appointed by the Honorable Robert P. Ruehlman
Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Bayer (Yaz Consumer Litigation)
- Current
Appointment approved by Kentucky Attorney General
Chair of Subcommittee on the Judicial Branch and Administration of Justice
Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission
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Education
University of Cincinnati College of Law
(1982)
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Awards
Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, for Cincinnati
Best Lawyers
2020 Legal Eagle
Top 100 Registry - Business Leads & Professionals
2020 Best Lawyers "Women In The Law" Spring Business Edition
Best Lawyers
Top 100 Civil Plaintiff
National Trial Lawyers
Attorney of the Year
Top 100 Registry - Business Leads & Professionals
Recognition outstanding efforts and achievements in the field of law.
Distinguished Alumni Award
University of Cincinnati-McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
Top 15 Business Women in Ohio
National Diversity Counsel
Featured Attorney
Ohio & Kentucky Super Lawyers
Mass Torts/Class Actions Top 50 Women Attorneys in Ohio
Lawyer of the Year Cincincinnati
Lawyer of the Year
Carl B. Rubin Legal Society
2004-2018
Ohio Super Lawyers
2011-2020
Best Lawyers
Professional Associations
Ohio State Bar
Member
Current
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American Bar Association
Current
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Federal Bar Association
Current
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American Association for Justice
Legal Affairs Committee
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Navigating Preemption After Merck
Trial Magazine
Keep Defense Experts in Check
AAJ Trial Magazine, Vol. 54, No. 12
Modern Realities Render the Learned Intermediary Doctrine Obsolete
American Bar Association Products Liability, Winter
Reply in Support of "Modern Realities Render the Learned Intermediary Doctrine Obsolete"
American Bar Association Products Liability, Summer
Deja Vu All Over Again: Ohio's 2005 Tort Reform Act Cannot Survive a Rational Basis Challenge
University of Dayton Law Review, Vol. 31, Sec. 2
Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
201 East Fifth Street
Suite 1340
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Toll-Free: (800) 713-9340
Telephone: (513) 852-5600
Fax: (513) 852-5611
Monday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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