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Mary-Alice Barrett

Mary-Alice Barrett, assistant general counsel for Genentech Inc., has played a critical role in defense of the long-running Accutane mass tort litigation since her time at Genentech parent company Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. She took on responsibility for the litigation in 2008 and is credited with raising the issue of admissibility standards for plaintiff expert scientific testimony—an issue that eventually would come before the New Jersey Supreme Court. In August 2018 the court issued its ruling, shaping the law and reinstating dismissal of some 2,000 Accutane cases in the process. Barrett previously practiced at law firm Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, and in-house at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

David Gialanella

David Gialanella, Bureau Chief, has been with the New Jersey Law Journal since 2010, covering business of law, litigation, legislation and various other topics. In his current role, he is responsible for the Law Journal's print and web products. Reach him at dgialanella@alm.com.

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