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Sara J Gourley

Sara J Gourley
Office:
One South Dearborn
60603
City:
Chicago
State:
Illinois
Country:
USA
Tel:
+1 312 853 7694
Fax:
+1 312 853 7036

Biography • Life Sciences - Product Liability

Sara J Gourley is a litigation partner in the Chicago office and a member of the firm’s executive committee. Sara has substantial experience in pharmaceutical, medical device and blood products liability litigation. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device defense, especially multi-jurisdictional coordination and defence of class actions. Sara is currently lead counsel for Takeda Pharmaceuticals in the ongoing MDL and related state court litigation regarding ACTOS including serving as trial counsel in the first related case to go to trial in state court. She has served in leading defence roles for clients in many of the pharmaceutical industry’s most significant litigation. She is also national counsel for a producer of blood products in AIDS and Hepatitis C litigation.

Sara speaks frequently on topics relating to the defense of product liability claims. Recent presentations include: “Approaches to Causation in Mass Torts”, “Transnational Product Liability Problems” and “The Role of Litigation in Regulating Drug Safety”. Sara also presented a paper to the Shanghai FDA on “Adverse Drug Reactions: A Discussion of United States and International Compensation Schemes”; published a 2012 update on US product liability law; and wrote a chapter on “Emerging Issues for Products Manufactured Overseas”, published in autumn 2009.

Sara is a member of the American Bar Association; the Illinois Bar Association; the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC); and the Defense Research Institute (DRI), as well as DRI’s drug and medical device steering committee.

Sara received her JD (Law Review) from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1980 and her AB (cum laude, with honours in English) from Ripon College in 1977. Admissions include Illinois, and various US Court of Appeals and US District Courts.

WWL says: “A superstar of the bar” and “a superbly gifted litigator”

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Biography • Product Liability Defence

Sara J Gourley is the leader of Sidley’s products liability group in Chicago, co-leader of its national products liability practice and a member of the firm's executive committee. Sara’s practice is concentrated in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device defence, especially multi-jurisdictional coordination and defence of class actions. Sara is currently lead counsel for a major pharmaceutical company in the ongoing litigation involving a diabetes drug. She has served in leading defence roles for clients in many of the pharmaceutical industry's most significant litigation.

Sara is recognised in numerous rankings and directories as a leading product liability lawyer and has been ranked by Who’s Who Legal as among the leading lawyers in her field every year since 2005. Sara speaks frequently on topics relating to the defence of product liability claims. Recent presentations include: "Approaches to Causation in Mass Torts", "Transnational Product Liability Problems" and "The Role of Litigation in Regulating Drug Safety". Sara also presented a paper to the Shanghai FDA on "Adverse Drug Reactions: A Discussion of United States and International Compensation Schemes", and also published a 2012 update on US product liability law and a chapter on "Emerging Issues for Products Manufactured Overseas" which was published in autumn 2009. Sara received her JD (Law Review) from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1980 and her AB (cum laude, with honours in English) from Ripon College in 1977. Admissions include Illinois, and various US Court of Appeals and US District Courts. Sara is a member of the American Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Association.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence which can be purchased from our Shop.

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