Solo and Small Firm

The Practitioner Spring 2017, Volume 23, Issue 2

Making Mass Torts Cases a Valuable Addition to Your Solo or Small Firm

By Emmie Paulos & Christopher G. Paulos

Emmie and Chris Paulos are California-licensed associate attorneys at the nationally-recognized law firm of Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A., headquartered in Pensacola, Florida. Both handle pharmaceutical, medical device, environmental mass torts, and other plaintiffs’ trial work. They met in law school and married shortly upon graduating from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. You can reach them at and

From drugs that kill rather than heal to medical devices that malfunction and maim, the sad reality of modern medical products design, development, and distribution is that when things go wrong, they go really wrong.

Because of this, multiple-plaintiff actions involving products with widespread distribution and severe injuries have become commonplace in the courts.1Due to the number of individual litigants, these cases have become known as "mass torts."2 In recent years, mass tort lawyers have recovered significant judgments and settlements for their clients, ranging from millions to billions of dollars.3

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