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Meera U. Sossamon

Associate

504.310.2162

PROFILE

Meera has extensive experience in defending medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers in product liability actions, with a particular emphasis on complex and mass-consolidated litigation. Her practice extends to each phase of litigation, from inception and procedural structure of federal multi-district litigation, to successfully authoring pretrial dispositive motions, to case workup including depositions of fact and expert witnesses, and ultimately preparing a case for trial. Meera has an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and worked as a research assistant measuring volatile organic compounds in the Environmental Health Sciences lab at the Tulane School of Public Health. Prior to starting at the firm, Meera clerked for the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Representative Matters / Experience

  • Member of trial team which obtained defense verdict in bellwether trial of federal multi-district pharmaceutical products liability action
  • Defended depositions of defense expert witnesses in federal multi-district pharmaceutical products liability litigation
  • Deposed plaintiffs asserting product liability claims against over-the-counter and prescription medications
  • Drafted and argued successful 12(b)(6) motions
  • Successful removal of products liability litigation from state court to federal court, based on diversity jurisdiction and fraudulent joinder
  • Drafting and propounding discovery documents in medical device products liability actions
  • Authoring successful motions for summary judgment resulting in defense judgment in favor of client in medical device products liability actions
  • Authoring dispositive motions in numerous cases on a variety of grounds, including preemption and Iqbal/Twombly
  • Analysis of documents in preparation of corporate depositions in national mass-tort products liability action against medical device manufacturer
  • Preparation of key expert witness and company witnesses in federal multi-district pharmaceutical products liability action
  • Preparation of witness kits for potential Rule 30(b)(6) corporate deponents for major medical device manufacturer in national mass consolidated products liability action

Honors

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, Rising Star
  • Lawyers of Color Second Annual Hot List
  • Louisiana State Law Institute, Junior Honorary Member
  • Loyola Law Review
  • Loyola Moot Court
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Civil Code Award
  • J. Skelly Wright Award for Exceptional Oral Ability, Loyola Moot Court Intramural Competition

AFFILIATIONS

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Thomas More Loyola Law School American Inn of Court
  • Association of Women Attorneys, Firm Liason
  • Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit

EDUCATION

  • J.D., summa cum laude, Loyola University College of Law (2012)
  • B.A., English, Tulane University (2005)
  • B.S., Neuroscience, Tulane University (2005)

ADMISSIONS

  • Louisiana state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana

Publications and Presentations