Shook, Hardy & Bacon partner Michelle Fujimoto is former managing partner of the Orange County office and specialises in products liability litigation, with a focus on pharmaceutical and medical device defence. She has more than 25 years of experience in complex products liability, toxic tort and various science-driven litigations, and in the defence of mass tort litigation. Ms Fujimoto also provides risk management assessment and best practices counselling to clients ranging from start-up companies to Fortune 500 companies.
Ms Fujimoto has handled litigation for manufacturers of a wide range of pharmaceuticals, including therapeutics, hormone therapies, contraceptives, dietary drugs, immunosuppressants, smoking cessation and obesity therapies, allergy medications, antidepressants, and anti-inflammatories. Her medical device experience includes heart valves, cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary products, neurovascular coils, endovascular products, orthopedic products, CT scan injectors, surgical instruments and solutions, tracheotomy tubes, intraocular lenses, devices and solutions, respiratory protective devices and industrial chemicals. Ms Fujimoto's trial experience includes the defence of medical device and drug design, drug discovery, chemical exposure, breach of contract involving the divestiture of product lines, research agreements, distributor agreements, and environmental remediation agreements.
Ms Fujimoto is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), where she serves on the diversity committee and as the drug, device and biotech committee's vice chair of programming. She previously served as the vice chair of publications, as well as vice chair of programming for selected meetings. In addition, Ms Fujimoto is active in the Defense Research Institute (DRI), sitting on the steering committee for the drug and medical device section and on the programming committee for DRI's 2010 Women In Law Seminar. She is a member of the California Women Lawyers and the Orange County and American Bar Associations.
Ms Fujimoto has lectured for the IADC and DRI, as well as the California Continuing Education of the Bar, the American Bar Association and Mealey's Conferences. Honours and awards include selection as one of 'The Best California Lawyers' (2012) and 'The Best Lawyers In America' (2011, 2013); a feature in The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers (2010, 2011, 2012); inclusion in Expert Guide's Guide to the World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers (2010); and a nomination for the Orange County Business Journal's 2009 'Women In Business Award'.
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