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Mark Robinson’s cases read like the inventory of a medical clinic: Baycol, fen-phen, Rezulin, Vioxx, Propulsid, Bextra, Celebrex and Zyprexa.

In almost every case, Robinson, founder of Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson in Newport Beach, Calif., has served as lead or liaison counsel for plaintiffs lawyers in California. Robinson also has taken a major role in the national multidistrict litigation in several of those cases, including the federal cases against Merck & Co. Inc. over the painkiller drug Vioxx. Last year, he obtained a $51 million verdict against Merck in the first federal trial over Vioxx (three months ago, the judge lowered the award to $1.6 million). Barnett v. Merck & Co. Inc., No. 06-485, MDL 1657 (E.D. La.).

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