Missouri State University,
Certification for Mediation Training for Civil Cases, 2016
University of Iowa College of Law,
Southern Methodist University,
B.A., Russian Studies, 1988
Product Liability SLG, Vice Chair for Hand and Power Tools Section
Thompson Coburn LLP
Fox Galvin, LLC
Of Counsel, 2001-2019
Barnes-Jewish hospital system
Risk Manager, 1995-1997
St. Louis Children’s Choir
Board Member, 2011-Present
New Commandment Ministries
Co-Founder and Board Member, 2004-Present
BGEA Rapid Response Team
Chaplain certified in disaster response counseling, 2008-Present
Legal Advocates for Abused Women
Board Member, 1996-2004
Suzanne is a versatile litigator who has spent her career finding solutions for clients facing difficult and protracted legal battles in a variety of industries and jurisdictions. She has special experience in matters involving physicians, hospitals, and manufacturers of medical products and pharmaceuticals.
Suzanne helps major companies manage and resolve large portfolios of claims, carefully examining the risks associated with each case while developing a broad approach to the collective resolution of all claims, whether derived from an environmental, personal injury or mass tort action.
Suzanne has extensive experience in pharmaceutical litigation. Early in her career she was part of the national trial team that represented the makers of a biologic medicine designed to treat hemophilia through which thousands of hemophilia patients contracted HIV. Suzanne assisted in crafting a litigation strategy that led to its successful resolution. She has also served on the national trial team for pharmaceutical cases involving a diabetes medication that was alleged to have caused bladder cancer, and worked on a team representing a manufacturer of hip implants. Suzanne is currently involved in the defense of transvaginal mesh implant cases remanded from an MDL and is representing a pharmacy in opioids litigation.
As the former Risk Manager for one of the Midwest's largest teaching hospitals, where she was responsible for all litigation and risk management, Suzanne has deep experience in the health care industry and uses her network to serve clients. For example, after a catastrophic trucking accident, two law firms told a client no expert could be found, but Suzanne, part of a team hired just before trial, was able to retain a local expert. The case settled on the courthouse steps for a favorable amount.
Suzanne has been involved in the personal injury aspects of numerous mass torts, particularly groundwater contamination cases. In one case, Suzanne led the deposition of the class representative. The case was dismissed immediately thereafter.
With her husband, John Galvin, Suzanne has served for two decades as a chaplain certified in disaster response counseling. As members of The BGEA Rapid Response Team, Suzanne and John have traveled around the U.S. and the world providing counseling to people affected by natural disasters, terrorism and political unrest. The couple also founded a nonprofit, New Commandment Ministries, that helps at-risk children in the U.S. and Nairobi, Ukraine, and Haiti with projects that provide education, medical care, vocational training, and fresh water.
Representing a national retailer in opioid litigation proceedings.
Led affirmative discovery on environmental claims relating to a release from a gasoline pipeline; worked to marshal evidence related to exposure and medical causation for over 90 plaintiffs.
Primary responsibility for developing evidence and briefing opposition to a class certification motion related to horsepower labeling on power equipment, leading to a nominal settlement on class actions claims in St. Clair County, Illinois.
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