Sherry A Knutson is a partner in Sidley Austin LLP’s Chicago office. Ms Knutson’s practice ranges from multi-plaintiff, multi-jurisdiction litigations to single plaintiff cases. She is lead defence counsel in the Actos and Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents coordinated proceedings in Cook County, and one of the national coordinating counsel in Actos.
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 defence verdict.
Victories in which Ms Knutson has played a significant role include: Myers v Takeda Pharm. America, Inc, et al, (co-lead trial counsel; obtained defence verdict on three of four claims; jury awarded only $155,000 in compensatory damages and no punitive damages on remaining claim); Whitlatch v Takeda Pharm. America, Inc, et al (co-lead trial counsel; obtained defence verdict in less than two hours following Actos bellwether trial, lasting over three weeks, in which plaintiff requested over $10 million in damages); and Mack v Salomon North America, Inc, et al (granting summary judgment in product liability case involving ski bindings as to all of plaintiff’s claims against Salomon, and excluding testimony from plaintiff’s only expert witness against Salomon).
Ms Knutson received her Juris Doctor degree with high honours from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1996, where she was a Notes and Comments editor for the Chicago-Kent Law Review. She clerked for the Honorable N Patrick Crooks, Wisconsin Supreme Court, 1996–1997.
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