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Janet G. Abaray

Shareholder - Burg Simpson Ohio

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Janet Gilligan Abaray acts as managing shareholder for the Cincinnati office of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. She graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Cincinnati School of Law where she was Business Manager of the Law Review. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Ohio, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Sixth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits and the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Abaray is one of 20 public members of a Commission chosen from over 300 applicants that has been formed by the State of Ohio to consider modernization of the Ohio constitution. Ms. Abaray was selected to serve on the Commission by a 12-person, bipartisan group, of six Ohio State Representatives and six Ohio State Senators. Other public members of the Commission include former public office holders, including Governor Robert Taft, as well as judges, professors, attorneys and community leaders.

Ms. Abaray was recently named the Chair of the Judicial Branch and Administration of Justice Committee for the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. This Committee will be responsible for reviewing the Ohio Constitution in regard to issues affecting the judicial system, and providing recommendations to the full committee for consideration.

Ms. Abaray has litigated extensively in the area of pharmaceutical products liability, beginning her career as defense counsel for Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in the Bendectin products liability class action and multi-district litigation (MDL), where she acted as third chair trial counsel. Since 1987, she has represented plaintiffs in many over-the-counter and prescription drug cases, including the L-Tryptophan MDL, the Copley Albuterol class action litigation, where she acted as co-lead trial counsel, and the Fen-Phen/Redux diet pill class action and MDL, where she acted as lead trial counsel for plaintiffs at the Interneuron class action fairness hearing. Ms. Abaray and Michael Burg were appointed by the Court in 2005 as Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in the Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch Multidistrict Litigation in the Northern District of Ohio. In 2008, Ms. Abaray was appointed by the Court to the Executive Committee for the Heparin Product Liability Multi-District Litigation in the Northern District of Ohio. Ms. Abaray also served as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel and a member of the Plaintiffs’ Coordinating Committee for the Ephedra Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation in the Southern District of New York. Ms. Abaray is Co-chair of the Science Committee in the Yaz/Yasmin Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2100, currently pending in the Southern District of Illinois, where she has been responsible for development of the epidemiologic and pharmacologic evidence. Her current focus is on mass tort claims involving the drug Depakote which are pending in several courts across the country.

Ms. Abaray also represents plaintiffs in many insurance and contract disputes. She was the co-lead trial counsel on behalf of 8000 farmers in the Chubb drought insurance class action litigation, participated as trial counsel on behalf of 2000 Cincinnati area physicians in the ChoiceCare HMO litigation, and represented Cincinnati area newspaper carriers in consolidated actions against the Cincinnati Enquirer. She represented 40,000 season ticket holders of the Cincinnati Bengals football team in a successful class action concerning their seat licenses in Paul Brown Stadium. Ms. Abaray has established national precedent in the area of employment discrimination, successfully arguing in litigation against Ernst & Young to broaden the scope of persons protected by the federal age discrimination statute.

Cincinnati Magazine recognized Ms. Abaray as one of Cincinnati’s best litigation attorneys in 1995, and she has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer, 2005-2014. She was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Carl B. Rubin Legal Society in 2013. Ms. Abaray has achieved the highest rating from her peers for quality of legal work, professionalism, and ethics by receiving an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Abaray is also listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. Ms. Abaray has also met the standard of excellence for selection as one of The National Trial Lawyer’s Top 100 Lawyers.

Ms. Abaray has been selected by members of the national legal community as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Mass Tort Litigation since 2011. Best Lawyers publishes a book each year listing those individuals who are recognized as professionals who continue their education in an effort to stay current in their chosen profession and continue to distinguish themselves among their peers. The book is considered to be, professionally, the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. Ms. Abaray was chosen as a member of this distinguished group because she has displayed an exemplary commitment to her profession, her community and to her clients.

Ms. Abaray has served as a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and lectures frequently in the areas of products liability litigation, trial techniques and epidemiology. She has published articles in journals of the American Bar Association, Litigation Section, the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Association, the University of Cincinnati Law Review and the University of Dayton Law Review.

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® – Lawyer of the Year 2014 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Cincinnati

Best Lawyers® in America, 2011 - 2017

Top 100 Attorney, The National Trial Lawyers

Jewish National Fund Judge Carl. B. Rubin Legal Society Attorney of the Year, 2013

Recommended Attorney, the U.S. Legal 500, 2013 and 2014

Phi Beta Kappa

Order of the Coif

Business Manager, University of Cincinnati Law Review, 1981-1982

Best Lawyers in America, Cincinnati – Plaintiff Class Action and Mass Torts 2014

Selected to Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2005-2016

Distinguished Service Award, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1998

Ohio, 1982

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Courts of Appeal, Third, Sixth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits

U.S. District Courts, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio

U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois

J.D., 1982, University of Cincinnati School of Law

B.A., 1979, University of Cincinnati, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, summa cum laude

The National Trial Lawyers

Cincinnati Bar Association

Ohio Bar Association

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association (Member, Annual Convention Committee, 2004)

American Association for Justice

Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers

Chair, Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission, Sub-committee on the Judicial Branch and Administration of Justice

Burg Simpson Ohio’s Janet G. Abaray Breaks New Ground

 June 27, 2017

Burg Simpson Ohio’s Janet G. Abaray Breaks New Ground

It’s never a good idea to challenge a litigator without anything more than a preconception. So when an up-and-coming attorney happened to be a woman trying to break into an area of law dominated by men, it was only a matter of time before she shattered that glass ceiling. But it doesn’t mean the fight… Read more »

The Trial Lawyer Magazine honors Michael Burg; firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

 February 6, 2017

The Trial Lawyer Magazine honors Michael Burg; firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine

Michael S. Burg Named One of America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Named One of America’s 25 Most Influential Law Firms The Trial Lawyer magazine honorees to be celebrated at The National Trial Lawyers’ annual summit Denver, CO – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, PC is proud to… Read more »

7 Burg Simpson Shareholders Named to 2017 Top Lawyers List

 January 23, 2017

7 Burg Simpson Shareholders Named to 2017 Top Lawyers List

Denver, Colorado – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is pleased to announce that seven shareholders have recently been named to 5280 Magazine’s 2017 Top Lawyers list. Founded in 1993, 5280 is the largest local magazine in Colorado. The Burg Simpson attorneys selected for inclusion in 5280 Top Lawyers are: Michael S. Burg –… Read more »

2016: Another Year Burg Simpson Changed Lives

 December 8, 2016

2016: Another Year Burg Simpson Changed Lives

The Burg Simpson attorneys had another outstanding year changing the lives of those they represent. The firm’s ability to properly value cases—whether personal injury, medical malpractice, construction defect, or mass tort—and fight tirelessly as a cohesive team to obtain the compensation its clients deserve sets Burg Simpson apart. Here is just a small sample of… Read more »

Amusement Park Injuries

 July 31, 2017

Amusement Park Injuries

Every year individuals travel to the hundreds of amusement parks and countless fairgrounds across the United States for what is supposed to be a day of fun. Unfortunately, accidents at these destinations are all too common. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, which provides raw data on injury statistics, estimates that over 30,000 individuals… Read more »

New AAJ Report Examines History of Women’s Exposure To Dangerous Drugs & Devices

 June 19, 2017

New AAJ Report Examines History of Women’s Exposure To Dangerous Drugs & Devices

Please read the new report from the American Association for Justice: From Accutane to Zonite: A History of Dangerous Drugs & Devices Marketed to Women profiles some of the most harmful medical products that have been marketed to women and highlights the important role the civil justice system has played as a backstop to enhance… Read more »

Invokana and Invokamet Increase the Risk of Leg and Foot Amputations

 May 18, 2017

Invokana and Invokamet Increase the Risk of Leg and Foot Amputations

On May 16, 2017 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed that Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ diabetes medications Invokana and Invokamet cause an increased risk of leg and foot amputations.  Accordingly, the FDA will now require these drugs to carry a black-box warning concerning this serious risk of injury. FDA Safety Announcement Invokana and Invokamet have… Read more »

Abbott Recalls Malfunctioning Coronary Catheters That May Lead to Surgical Complications and Death

 May 17, 2017

Abbott Recalls Malfunctioning Coronary Catheters That May Lead to Surgical Complications and Death

On May 16, 2017 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that several lots of cardiac catheters manufactured by Abbott needed to be recalled due to the significant risk that the affected catheters may malfunction, possibly causing surgical complications and even death. FDA Safety Alert Announcement The affected lines of catheters include the NC… Read more »

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Consumer Rights

 November 30, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Consumer Rights

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. discusses consumer rights and the legal safeguards used to protect consumers from unfair practices. The Ohio Consumer Sales protects consumers in several ways and allows them to recover transaction costs and damages. If you feel you have been unfairly treated as a consumer, call our office at 1-800-713-9340 or… Read more »

Protecting Your Legal Rights

 November 30, 2016

Protecting Your Legal Rights

At Burg Simpson Ohio, we’re dedicated to protecting the rights of those who have been injured by the negligence or bad conduct of others. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to a defective product, dangerous medication or auto accident, you need to make sure your legal rights are protected. Call our… Read more »

Protecting Your Civil Rights

 November 30, 2016

Protecting Your Civil Rights

If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination in the workplace, or suspect your civil rights have been violated, contact Burg Simpson Ohio immediately to ensure legal rights are protected. Call us at 513-852-5600 or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form.

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

 April 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. examines changes to the civil justice system, where limitations have been placed on monetary awards to seriously injured victims of corporate negligence. Are you protected?

Helpful Links

 November 22, 2016

Helpful Links

Burg Simpson is pleased to provide our site users with links to other websites. However, this access does not imply approval or endorsement of the information, products or services offered at those sites. Injury & Accidents & Consumer Alerts Centers for Disease Control and Prevention US Food and Drug Administration Consumer Product and Safety Commission… Read more »

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