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They’ve Got Next: Five Fresh Faces to Know in Consumer Litigation

Feb. 28, 2022, 9:45 AM

Welcome to first 2022 installment of “They’ve Got Next,” our series highlighting the work of rising stars of the bar across a range of practice areas. Since we launched the series in September 2020, we’ve highlighted the work of young attorneys in labor and employment, intellectual property, bankruptcy, tax, environmental law, appellate, healthcare and life sciences, banking and finance, privacy and data security, and antitrust.

Today, we highlight five young lawyers to know in diverse litigation matters that we’re broadly calling consumer litigation: Sierra Elizabeth of Kirkland & Ellis; Michelle Lamy of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein; Todd Logan of Edelson, Marcella Ducca of Greenberg Traurig; and Lee Popkin of Proskauer Rose.

Bloomberg Law reporters Holly Barker and Julie Steinberg spoke to five young lawyers about a range of significant litigation victories for their clients.

Kirkland’s Sierra Elizabeth defended 3M Co. in the largest multidistrict litigation in history over its CAEv2 combat earplugs, serving as co-lead counsel on teams that won verdicts last year in two bellwether trials. U.S. military service members and some civilians allege 3M’s earplugs caused hearing loss and tinnitus in more than 250,000 cases pending in the MDL.

Elizabeth told Bloomberg Law’s Steinberg that securing the victory in both instances “was amazing because we put in so much hard work and it’s great to get that kind of result for the client,” she said.

From left, Lee Popkin of Proskauer Rose LLP, Todd Logan of Edelson PC, Sierra Elizabeth of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Marcella Ducca of Greenberg Traurig LLP, and Michelle Lamy of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP.
Jonathan Hurtarte/Bloomberg Law

Michelle Lamy of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein helped her firm obtain class certification for 11,000 female former employees who allege Alphabet Inc.‘s Google violated the California Equal Pay Act by paying them less than their male counterparts.

Lamy said she has “tremendous respect” for the women who “come forward to have their story told and to seek justice for themselves and for other people.”

Marcella Ducca of Greenberg Traurig has become a trusted advisor to her firm’s client, medical device manufacturer BD. In 2016, she tracked down medical records after a plaintiff admitted to having an unrelated procedure in the pelvic mesh product trial against C. R. Bard, now BD, and Boston Scientific Corp.

Ducca now co-leads her firm’s team on BD’s pelvic mesh litigation and inferior vena cava filter litigation. She also serves as co-national counsel, trial counsel, and settlement counsel in BD’s multidistrict hernia mesh litigation.

Check out all the stories of “They’ve Got Next: Five Fresh Faces to Know in Consumer Litigation” by clicking on the lawyers’ names below.

To contact the reporters on this story: Lisa Helem at lhelem@bloombergindustry.com; Kibkabe Araya at karaya@bloombergindustry.com