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Sara J Gourley

Sara J Gourley
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Who's Who Legal Product Liability Defence

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 litigation. Her 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 an on-going MDL and related state court litigation involving a diabetes medication. She has served in leading defence roles for clients in many of the pharmaceutical industry’s most significant litigation.

Sara is consistently recognised for her products liability work by the industry’s leading ranking publications. Sara was named Life Sciences - Product Liability Lawyer of the Year at the 2016 Who’s Who Legal Awards. She was also named for product liability in the 2016 Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences edition which recognised her as a “seasoned specialist in pharmaceutical and medical device liability claims and class actions” and “a superstar of the bar.”

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,” published a 2012 update on US product liability law and a chapter on “Emerging Issues for Products Manufactured Overseas”.

Sara is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Defense Research Institute, and a member of 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; various US Court of Appeals and US District Courts.

WWL says: Sara Gourley impresses with her “great prowess” and is a “powerhouse of knowledge”

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