Tell us about your biggest win or wins this year.
I served as co-lead class counsel and chief negotiator on behalf of over 20,000 retired NFL players suffering from concussion-induced neurocognitive injuries, securing an uncapped settlement fund valued at $1 billion+ and a medical testing program, approved by the Third Circuit and denied certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. In the Syngenta corn litigation, I was appointed to the plaintiffs’ Settlement Committee and served as chief negotiator, with partner Stephen Weiss appointed to the plaintiffs’ executive committee, representing nationwide farmers economically harmed by premature commercialization of GMO corn. They secured a preliminarily-approved $1.51 billion settlement, the largest agricultural litigation settlement in U.S. history.
What’s the biggest lesson you learned practicing law?
It’s less important where you sit at the meeting table than what you say at the table once you get there. If you come prepared and have the respect of all around you, the head of the table is anywhere you sit.
Share an interesting fact about your firm that few know.
There is one criterium among all others that is the litmus test for all lateral hires—whether the candidate is a nice person.
Answers submitted by Christopher Seeger, partner.