Michelle Hart Yeary

Counsel at Dechert LLP

Michelle Hart Yeary

Michelle Hart Yeary

Counsel at Dechert LLP

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Michelle Hart Yeary is a litigator with extensive experience in product liability litigation, including the defense of mass torts in federal multidistrict litigation and coordinated state court proceedings where she has served as coordinating, regional, and defense liaison counsel. She also has considerable experience defending against claims seeking punitive damages, including working with punitive damages experts to develop trial testimony and strategy.

Ms. Yeary’s mass tort experience includes the representation of Merck & Co. in the litigation related to a painkiller, notably managing the consolidation of thousands of personal injury cases in New Jersey, including coordination of simultaneous discovery in 250 cases, as well as serving as lead counsel to the court on case management issues. Ms. Yeary continues to defend pharmaceutical manufacturers as local and liaison counsel, including representing Pfizer, Inc. in both its hormone therapy and Reglan® litigation in state and federal court.

Over her career, Ms. Yeary has handled all aspects of litigation strategy for complex mass torts involving a variety of products such as serving as national counsel for a medical device manufacturer in the In re Orthopedic Bone Screw Products liability litigation and as counsel for other medical device manufacturers, including manufacturers of stents, guidewires, latex gloves, and electrosurgical equipment, in defense of product liability claims. She also served as regional counsel and national discovery counsel for manufacturers of automobile industry products in cases involving serious personal injuries.

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B.A. with Honors
Class of 1992

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to providing services, solutions, and clinical care that help individuals and the local, national, and global communities where they live. Founded in 1766, Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate; postdoctoral fellowships to residencies; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement.

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Dechert Paris, part of Coudert Brothers LLP, is a French company located in Paris. The firm provides legal services. It was acquired by Coudert Frères, now a subsidiary of Coudert Brothers LLP from Dechert LLP on 21 Sep 05.

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