James Mizgala, a member of Sidley’s products liability and environmental teams, has defended pharmaceutical products liability, consumer fraud, toxic tort and mass tort cases for nearly 20 years. This experience is informed and enhanced by his graduate-level training as a neurobiologist, as well as his work in research labs for more than five years. Mr Mizgala harnesses that uncommon background, playing an integral role in identifying, interviewing, retaining, deposing and presenting experts for trial and during class certification proceedings. Mr Mizgala has also been extensively involved in drafting and successfully arguing Daubert/Frye motions.
Mr Mizgala has deposed expert witnesses across numerous healthcare disciplines. He has also coordinated the depositions of plaintiffs’ experts across an MDL; provided training to teams of lawyers in expert deposition strategy and participated on expert committees.
Mr Mizgala is a member of the American Bar Association, as well as the Defense Research Institute, the leading organisation of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. He is the Illinois state liaison to the drug and medical device committee, the preeminent continuing legal education organisation for trial counsel who are involved in the defence of drug and medical device litigation.
Mr Mizgala received his JD (with honours, managing editor of The North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation) from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1994, his MAS from Johns Hopkins University in 1988, and his BA (in biology with distinction in all subjects) from Cornell University in 1984. Admissions include: Illinois; Pennsylvania; various US Court of Appeals and US District Courts.
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