Marilyn is vice-chair of the firm's Life Sciences Health Industry Group. She is a member of both the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Life Sciences Health Industry Groups and resides in Reed Smith's Los Angeles office. Marilyn has three decades of experience handling commercial disputes, products liability and related regulatory proceedings in federal and state courts around the country.
Coordinating complex issues with a top-notch team of lawyers – with a variety of levels of experience and across multiple practice areas and industries – to assure efficient communication and high-caliber work product, is a guiding principal of Marilyn’s national practice. As National Counsel in numerous high-profile actions, including multidistrict proceedings, Marilyn facilitated discovery efforts, formulated litigation strategy, retained and prepared expert witnesses in a variety of medical and scientific disciplines, prepared and argued dispositive and pretrial motions, and acted as trial counsel.
Marilyn has a wealth of knowledge and experience with products manufactured by both branded and generic pharmaceutical companies and medical device companies, including pre-clinical and clinical development; NDA and ANDA regulatory approval and related preemption issues; design and manufacturing regulations; product labeling and licensing; and product launch and sale. Recognizing that “…an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Marilyn often puts her two-plus decades of litigation experience to work assisting clients with early case evaluations, product risk assessments, and pre-marketing evaluations.
Marilyn has also handled a variety of commercial disputes for clients in a wide range industries, including actions for breach of contract, unfair competition, and false advertising. She has also been involved in handling government investigations and has defended actions brought under the False Claims Act.
As an active advocate for the advancement of women lawyers, Marilyn rigorously involves women on her teams and ensures that they interface with clients. She routinely monitors work opportunities for those she mentors. She is a member of national women’s organizations and was a founding member of the firm’s women’s initiative, which has received national recognition.
Marilyn’s work on behalf of her clients, and the accomplishments of the teams Marilyn has led, have been specifically recognized in the following honors and media coverage:
- The American Lawyer, Product Liability Department of the Year
- Legal 500, U.S. Product Liability Defense Team of the Year
- The Recorder, Litigation Department of the Year, Product Liability Finalist