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Laura Lewis Owens

Alston & Bird LLP

Atlanta, GA, USA

Laura Lewis Owens

With 24 years of litigation experience, Laura Owens focuses her practice on complex litigation including drug and device products liability, mass torts and class actions. Owens has served as national coordinating counsel, science, MDL, and local counsel in a wide variety of cases, particularly involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Owens' drug and device litigation experience ranges from antipsychotic, diet, prostate, and anticoagulant pharmaceutical litigation to breast implant, latex glove, skin grafting, lithotripsy, defibrillator and spinal rod medical device litigation, as well as radiological contrast medium and human tissue. She is the former leader of Alston & Bird's Products Liability Group.

As a trial lawyer, Owens has achieved defense verdicts in catastrophic injury cases on behalf of our clients from Clayton County, Georgia (pediatric wrongful death) to Bangkok (high voltage electrical shock resulting in quadruple amputations). As a manager, she has managed litigation in California, Nevada, Alaska, Utah, Tennessee and Georgia, and, as an alternative dispute resolution expert, she has achieved a judgment below the "low" in a "high/low" arbitration and settled numerous products liability cases at mediation for millions below the demand, and five figures below client authority, using brackets, mediator "judgments" and other creative strategies.

Owens has extensive experience in e-discovery, having worked with the Sedona Conference working group since 2003, participated in the initial E-Discovery National Workshop for Magistrate Judges, and addressed the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules on the recent amendments to the Rules.

In 2009, Owens has achieved summary judgment for a pharmaceutical company in a case before Judge Tain Kell in Cobb County, Georgia, mediated a pharmaceutical clinical trials case in the N.D. of Florida to successful conclusion prior to any formal discovery, mediated a sexual assault health care case including creating a business strategy that secured financial benefits for her client for several years, and advised pharmaceutical companies concerning contact lens enhancements, a diabetes monitoring device, and best practices in the conduct of clinical trials. She has also worked to develop national experts in epidemiology for a pending pharmaceutical mass tort action and MDL.

Owens is listed for mass tort litigation in The Best Lawyers in America. She is a member of the American Bar Association's Products Liability Committee and its Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Consumer Products Subcommittees. As an active member of the Women in Products Liability (WPL) ABA Subcommittee, she represented the defense in a mock trial demonstration and spoke on crisis management at recent WPL annual meetings.

Ms. Owens received her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1985. She received her undergraduate degree with honors from Furman University in 1982. Owens is currently an Advisory Board member of The Devereux Georgia Treatment Network, a division of Devereux which is the nation's largest non-profit behavioral health provider. She also serves on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's Law and Judiciary Committee.

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