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They’ve Got Next: Consumer Litigation Fresh Face Marcella Ducca

Feb. 28, 2022, 9:45 AM

Greenberg Traurig shareholder Marcella Ducca is highly organized, intrinsically driven to work hard, and thrives when she is in high-demand.

Ducca is co-chair of the firm’s products liability litigation group in Atlanta, where she co-leads its pelvic mesh litigation on behalf of medical device manufacturer C. R. Bard, now BD.

Ducca also manages BD’s inferior vena cava filter litigation before the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. And she is a member of the team serving as co-national counsel, trial counsel, and settlement counsel in the company’s multidistrict hernia mesh litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

On top of all of this, Ducca, a new mom of an 18-month-old, still finds time for mentoring more junior lawyers.

A Cleveland native, Ducca says her father, a hairdresser, and her mother, a manicurist, were hardworking people who instilled a strong work ethic in her.

Ducca said she usually wakes up at 4:00 a.m., “before the emails start,” to be accessible and responsive to clients and colleagues. And she’s happy to do it.

“It’s exciting, every day presents new challenges,” Ducca said.

Ducca joined Greenberg Traurig in August 2010 from what is now Squire Patton Boggs, where she spent her first couple of years practicing law after graduating from Emory University School of Law in 2008.

Early in her career, Ducca started to develop an expertise in pharmaceutical and device litigation.

One of her most memorable and formative professional experiences involved a lawsuit against Medtronic plc over InterStim, an implantable neurostimulator used to help with bladder control, in the District Court of the 125th Judicial District in Harris County, Texas.

She had been working with Lori Cohen, who is now vice chair of the firm, long hours and proving her ability to write solid briefs. When the time came to try the case in May 2011, Cohen advocated on Ducca’s behalf to ensure she was able to participate in the trial.

Attending the trial, which resulted in a defense verdict for Medtronic in June 2011, was an invaluable experience, Ducca said, because she was able to see how her incremental work ultimately fit into the overall trial strategy.

Later, she participated in one of her first personal injury lawsuits involved claims against C. R. Bard and Boston Scientific Corp. seeking $28 million in compensatory damages over alleged complications resulting from their respective pelvic mesh products.

Greg Dadika, who was in-house counsel at C. R. Bard at the time and is now a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, remembers Ducca’s work in the case.

The plaintiff had denied having any other products implanted when deposed, he said, but then for the first time on cross-examination, remembered that she may have had a third procedure.

After the plaintiff made the admission, Ducca mobilized a team to track down the decade-old medical records “in the middle of nowhere Texas,” Dadika said.

The plaintiff didn’t remember where she had the procedure, but had indicated in her testimony that it might’ve been at a Catholic hospital, Dadika said. It was enough for Ducca, who found the medical records the next day.

Dadika said it enabled C. R. Bard’s trial team to ultimately prove what their expert had been saying: There were complications unrelated to those two products and more likely related to a third.

“It was a Columbo moment,” Dadika said.

“Rarely do you get a plaintiff to admit something not previously admitted and, despite getting the admission on a Tuesday afternoon, get the medical records produced and admitted by Wednesday to further support your expert’s view,” he said.

The team obtained a defense verdict in favor of C. R. Bard in February 2016.

Candace Camarata, associate general counsel at BD, which acquired C. R. Bard in 2017, has known Ducca since she went in-house in 2013. Although both had worked at Greenberg Traurig together, they were based in different offices and hadn’t crossed paths.

She described Ducca as “diligent and thorough,” as well as “colorful.”

“You can work with a lot of really good lawyers,” Camarata said, “but Ducca makes working together fun—an added bonus.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Holly Barker in Washington at hbarker@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Kibkabe Araya at karaya@bloombergindustry.com; Carmen Castro-Pagán at ccastro-pagan@bloomberglaw.com; Lisa Helem at lhelem@bloombergindustry.com