Partner Booker Shaw was named to the National Law Journal’s 2023 list of General Litigation Trailblazers. The annual list spotlights professionals who are agents of change in their respective practice areas. The profile highlights the path that has made Shaw a trailblazer, and he described his time as a trial team member on two high-profile jury trials last year for Monsanto as part of nationwide litigation alleging its weedkiller Roundup caused cancer.
“Our strategy was simply to present straightforward, scientific facts which do not support causation,” Shaw said. He shared the resulting change and its impact on the future. “The bellwether Alesi et al. vs. Monsanto Company trial sought $30 million in damages and served as an inflection point for other trials by presenting respected professionals to discuss the scientific evidence supporting the safety of glyphosate-based projects in an objective way,” he said. “Each win is a progress. These victories have helped demonstrate the significance of trials being held outside of California, which is notoriously difficult for large companies, and the importance of neutral jury pools in other states.”
Retired Judge Shaw is a skilled litigator and appellate advocate who brings valuable insight and perspective gained from his more than 25 years on the bench. His knowledge of current judicial thinking at the trial and appellate levels on a wide range of issues enhances his ability to argue a client's case more persuasively and to craft the most effective strategy. He co-chairs the Firm's Tort Litigation Practice Group.
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