Product liability lawyer Rebecca Newman is an associate with the firm who focuses her efforts primarily in the area of products liability litigation, with a specific focus on pharmaceutical and medical device cases.
Ms. Newman was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in both Political Science and French language. After working as a legal assistant for two years after college, she went on to attend Brooklyn Law School where she was a Primary Articles Editor on Brooklyn Law School’s Journal of Law and Policy, and received her Juris Doctor, graduating cum laude.
Following graduation, Ms. Newman began working with the firm where she has continuously and diligently devoted her energy to representing individuals injured as a result of defective products.
Ms. Newman has represented scores of individuals who were diagnosed with an injury known as chondrolysis (severe loss of cartilage), which was alleged to have been caused by shoulder pain pumps these individuals received following arthroscopic shoulder surgery. As a result of her hard work and diligence, over 95% of the firm’s shoulder pain pump cases have been resolved successfully.
Additionally, Ms. Newman represents the firm’s clients who suffer from neurological injuries due to their exposure to excessive levels of zinc found in certain over-the-counter denture cream products.
Ms. Newman also represents individuals who have received defective knee replacement systems, specifically the Zimmer NexGen Knee Replacement System. The lawsuits against the manufacturers of the Zimmer NexGen Knee Replacement systems allege that these prostheses fail more frequently than other artificial knee replacement systems, and that due to the device failures, individuals who receive these defective knees must undergo painful revision surgery to replace the defective prosthesis.
In addition to the above, Ms. Newman has spent several years focusing her efforts on representing those who have suffered tendon ruptures or tendonitis as a result of their ingestion of the prescription drug Levaquin. In this regard, Ms. Newman was actively involved in In Re Levaquin Litigation, pending before the Honorable Carol E. Higbee in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic County, where she was instrumental in preparing the first state court Levaquin cases for trial. To this end, she developed evidence to support both generic and specific theories of liability, retained qualified experts and managed the service of expert reports and conducted and defended numerous fact witness depositions. Ms. Newman’s hard work and dedication in developing the case against Johnson & Johnson helped lead to a settlement of over 400 cases that resolved under terms of confidentiality.
Ms. Newman is currently admitted to practice law in the States of New York and New Jersey as well as in the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey, District of Colorado and Eastern District of Wisconsin. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Ms. Newman is an active member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and American Association of Justice (AAJ).