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Burg Simpson’s Janet G. Abaray and Diane Vaksdal Smith Named to the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™

By Burg Simpson

July 5, 2012  

Burg Simpson is pleased to announce that Shareholders Janet G. Abaray and Diane Vaksdal Smith have been selected for inclusion into the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™.

Janet and Diane join a select group of women lawyers to receive Martindale-Hubbell’s AV® Preeminent™ rating, which utilizes a rigorous peer rating system, and is given only to those women lawyers who demonstrate the highest legal and ethical standards. Both Janet and Diane received the highest AV® Preeminent™ rating with 5.0 out of 5.0.

Burg Simpson managing shareholder Kerry N. Jardine said, “Everyone at Burg Simpson congratulates Janet and Diane on this prestigious honor. Their recognition is well-deserved and is a positive endorsement of their legal acumen and ability by their peers and fellow legal professionals.”

Janet G. Abaray acts as managing shareholder for the Cincinnati office of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. Ms. Abaray litigates extensively in the area of pharmaceutical products liability, having acted as Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in the Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch Multidistrict Litigation in the Northern District of Ohio. Ms. Abaray also served as a member of the Executive Committee for the Heparin Product Liability Multidistrict Litigation in the Northern District of Ohio. Currently, Ms. Abaray is a co-chair of the Science Committee in the Yaz/Yasmin Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2100.

Diane Vaksdal Smith focuses her practice on employment issues, representing both employers and employees in cases involving claims of wrongful discharge, wrongful termination and infringement on civil rights. Ms. Smith also handles commercial litigation involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty. Additionally, Ms. Smith directs appellate litigation for Burg Simpson, appearing before the state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

With offices in Denver, Cincinnati, Cody, Phoenix, and Steamboat Springs, Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. is a firm of award-winning national trial lawyers, practicing in the areas of personal injury, class action, medical malpractice, dangerous drug litigation, defective products, insurance bad faith, employment law, social security, workers’ compensation, commercial and securities litigation.

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