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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 - 2018

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

Tom W. Henderson Breaks Down Insurance Policy Details

 January 18, 2018

Tom W. Henderson Breaks Down Insurance Policy Details

The latest component in Burg Simpson’s ongoing professional education initiative is set for next week. Shareholder Tom W. Henderson will conduct a 90-minute web seminar, “Advising Your Business Clients on Insurance Policies,” at 9 a.m. MST on Jan 18. Designed for Colorado corporate litigation attorneys, this CE course will cover: Defining Ambiguous Terms. Understanding the… Read more »

Burg Simpson Announces its New Website Launch

 January 17, 2018

Burg Simpson Announces its New Website Launch

Burg Simpson is proud to announce the launch of a more comprehensive website that incorporates the firm’s office locations into a single site. The new Burg Simpson website, which has since focused on Colorado’s practice areas, now encompasses information for its Arizona, Ohio, and Wyoming offices all in one place, along with their practice areas,… Read more »

Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Could Be Here To Stay

 January 11, 2018

Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Could Be Here To Stay

Burg Simpson co-founder Michael S. Burg recently sat down with Law Week Colorado to discuss mandatory arbitration agreements, and what impact the #MeToo movement might have on that in the coming year. Several factors came together in 2017 to breathe new life into these controversial agreements, but experts debate whether an uptick in sexual harassment claims… Read more »

Burg Simpson Shareholders Speak at 2018 Brain Injury Summit

 January 9, 2018

Burg Simpson Shareholders Speak at 2018 Brain Injury Summit

Burg Simpson has long been a champion of traumatic brain injury victims. That commitment was on full display this week as shareholders Peter W. Burg and David P. Hersh presented at the 2018 Brain Injury Summit in Vail, Colorado. The Burg Simpson Colorado personal injury attorneys moderated, “Pearls of TBI Neuro-Litigation,” an interactive workshop, earlier… Read more »

Injured During Labor – Denver Medical Malpractice Lawyers– Burg Simpson

 January 22, 2018

How Do Babies Get Injured During Labor?

Roughly 4 million women give birth every year in the United States. And while the vast majority of those deliveries go off without a hitch, more than 50,000 of these women suffer complications during labor annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The United States stands out as the country with the… Read more »

Protect Uninsured Workers – Colorado Workers Compensation Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 January 10, 2018

Colorado Fights to Protect Uninsured Workers

The state of Colorado requires all employers with even a single employee to carry workers’ compensation insurance. It doesn’t matter if those employees are part time or full time. In fact, anyone who receives pay for services in Colorado is considered an employee, as far as workers’ compensation insurance is concerned. There are exceptions, of… Read more »

Business Dispute Options – Colorado Corporate Litigation Attorney - Burg Simpson

 January 2, 2018

What Are Your Business Dispute Options?

Business owners operate under the cloud of potential litigation nearly every day. Whether it’s a multinational corporation, a family-owned business, or a small sole proprietorship that’s just opened up its doors, business owners and leaders often face legal issues that can take time and money away from their day-to-day operations. Business and commercial law isn’t… Read more »

Plastic Surgeons Can Do Permanent Harm – Denver Medical Malpractice Lawyers– Burg Simpson

 December 27, 2017

Plastic Surgeons Can Do Permanent Harm

It might surprise – or even startle – you to find out that Colorado does not require plastic surgery centers to be licensed or even inspected by the state. These medical providers are exempt from regulations that govern other ambulatory surgery centers because providing surgical services isn’t their primary function. The state actually lets these… Read more »

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

 May 3, 2016

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Ring of Fire: The Unseen Economic Crisis

 February 29, 2016

Ring of Fire: The Unseen Economic Crisis

Ring of Fire host Farron Cousins talks with Michael Burg about taxes and the government’s resistance to upgrade America’s infrastructure.

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