Debra E Pole is a partner in Sidley’s Los Angeles litigation group and a member of the firm’s executive committee. She is the practice group leader for the products liability and mass torts practice in Los Angeles where she trains, supervises and manages a number of lawyers and paraprofessionals. Ms Pole is one of the firm’s global leaders in the products liability area and a member of the firm’s west coast accounting and finance committee. She is a seasoned trial lawyer with experience in multi-district litigation (MDL), class actions, and products liability litigation. Ms Pole has extensive jury trial experience in both federal and state courts involving mass tort litigation, class actions, complex litigation and Daubert proceedings.
Ms Pole acted as national coordinating counsel for defendants in the high-profile silicone breast implant litigation (in MDL and state coordinated proceedings) and the diet drug litigation. She also acted as lead trial counsel in HRT and other bone drug litigation, drug infusion litigation, and other pharmaceutical, and medical device litigation. Additionally, Ms Pole is trial counsel in mask and respirator litigation (asbestos and silica) and has experience in dietary supplement litigation.
Ms Pole was selected to DirectWomen Board Institute, class of 2009. She is a member of the Defense Research Institute, a member of the American Bar Association, advisory member of the executive board of the National Bar Association's health law section and a member of the board of directors of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, Southern California 50 Leadership Council.
Ms Pole was a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and served as a faculty member and then Trial Director of the IADC’s prestigious Trial Academy, housed at Stanford University College of Law. She is a member of the Judicial Council of the State of California, which is the policymaking body for the judicial branch of the California state government. Ms Pole is a member of the ABA standing committee on the federal judiciary and the committee’s co-representative for the vast Ninth Circuit. In April 2016, Ms Pole was inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.
WWL says: Debra Pole has a “commanding presence in court” and is someone clients “would go back to again and again”
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