Sherry A Knutson is a partner in Sidley's Chicago office. Ms Knutson's practice ranges from multi-plaintiff, multi-jurisdiction litigations to single plaintiff cases. Her mass tort experience includes complex multidistrict and related state litigation, class actions, and national coordination and defence of product liability and toxic tort cases, including Actos, Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents, Yaz, Trasylol, Celebrex/Bextra, Baycol, and latex gloves. She is lead defense counsel in the Actos and Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents coordinated proceedings in Cook County, and one of the national coordinating counsel in Actos. She also has served as lead counsel in individual lawsuits involving a variety of personal injury claims.
Ms Knutson has trial experience in product liability and toxic tort cases, including as co-lead trial counsel for Takeda in the first bellwether case to be tried in the Illinois In re Actos coordinated proceedings, which resulted in a defense verdict. In addition, she has extensive experience in all phases of pretrial litigation on the national and local level. She has conducted all forms of pretrial discovery, including fact investigation, discovery requests and responses, depositions of fact and expert witnesses, and defence expert development. She has drafted and argued numerous pretrial motions, including motions to dismiss, summary judgment motions, Daubert motions, and post-trial motions. She also has authored several briefs and petitions filed in appellate courts across the country, and has argued multiple appeals.
Ms Knutson is a member of the American Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute. She clerked for the Honorable N Patrick Crooks, Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1996-1997. Ms Knutson received her JD (with high honours) from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology in 1996 and her BA (magna cum laude) from Marquette University in 1993. Admissions include: Illinois; Wisconsin; various US Court of Appeals and US District Courts.
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