Adam Pulaski

Adam Pulaski

Partner
Adam was born in Houston, Texas. He was admitted to the Bar in 1991 and is licensed to practice in the courts of the State of Texas and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Practice Areas
Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Products Liability Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, and Consumer Fraud.

Education
B.A. University of Texas, 1987;
J.D. University of Houston Law School, 1990;
Law Review- South Texas College of Law, 1988.

Affiliations
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA)
Houston Trial Lawyers Association (HTLA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
National Trial Lawyers Association (NTLA)

Casework
For the last 30 years Adam has represented his clients from coast to coast, and against the some of the largest corporations and law firms in the country. The clients of the firm and the attorneys who currently make up Pulaski Kherkher have received over $7 Billion in Settlements. Adam has successfully represented clients against corporations like Eli Lilly, Equifax, General Motors (GM), GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, Target, Toys R Us, Volkswagen, and Zimmer. Further, he has successfully represented clients against some of the largest insurance carriers in the country, and abroad. Currently, Adam is litigating active dockets against GSK, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi, Chubb, Lloyds of London, State Farm, FM Global and others. In May, 2020, Adam was appointed Co-Lead Counsel of MDL 2924 in the Southern District of Florida by Judge Robin Rosenberg. Further, Adam sits on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for the State Court consolidation representing his clients against the manufacturer of JUUL.

Steve Kherkher

Steve Kherkher

Partner
Steve Kherkher is a national trial lawyer who maintains a litigation practice throughout the country. In his career spanning almost three decades, Steve has developed professional expertise in complex tort litigation.

Throughout his career, Steve has achieved record-setting results through summary judgments, jury verdicts, and arbitration awards. He has successfully represented Plaintiffs in over 40 states in a variety of complex civil litigation matters including catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, commercial automobile and trucking accidents, products liability, toxic torts, premises liability, as well as lawsuits against multi-national pharmaceutical companies. Steve’s expertise is widely respected by judges, opposing counsel, and his fellow colleagues. Due to his notoriety, passion for justice, and zealous representation, Steve has been retained to help other trial lawyers litigate cases throughout the United States.

In his tenure, his litigation expertise and ability to strategically select members of a jury, focusing precisely on outcome determinative issues, have resulted in superior representation of his clients. Steve is considered an Industry Leader by his peers. He has built a reputation amongst his colleagues based upon his unwavering loyalty, integrity, respect for all, leadership abilities, excellence, and selfless service.

Steve’s philosophy is to win every case and achieve exceptional results for his clients. Steve has won numerous record-setting verdicts, including a $100 million dollar verdict ($100,000,000) in Pennsylvania, for a single living plaintiff, in an action against a multi-national pharmaceutical company.

To date, Steve is the only attorney to spearhead, and first-chair multiple lawsuits against Monsanto, resulting in multi-million-dollar judgements for clients suffering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Steve prevailed in several lawsuits taken to trial or appeal, despite Monsanto’s repeated efforts to restrict his ability to file suit against them. His most recent suit against Monsanto resulted in a $46,500,000 judgment and verdict. Shortly thereafter, a confidential settlement was obtained for his three clients and their families.

Steve also has extensive experience in insurance coverage litigation, successfully representing homeowners and business owners in actions arising out of coverage disputes between insurers and policyholders, as well as bad faith actions arising out of coverage disputes. Steve helps families obtain favorable judgments against national insurance carriers who wrongfully deny benefits to policyholders.

Steve is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in personal injury trial law. In 2015, Steve was recognized in H-Texas Magazine, as one of the Top Mass Tort & Toxic Tort Lawyers in the State of Texas. In 2009, Steve was elected into the American Board of Trial Advocates, an organization that certifies only experienced, first-chair trial attorneys, who are of high personal character and honorable reputation.

Steve is currently a partner at Pulaski Kherkher. Pulaski Kherkher is comprised of a team of exceptional trial lawyers based in Houston, Texas, with the ability and resources to protect and fight for the rights of their clients against large national and multi-national corporations throughout the United States. Each and every client of Pulaski Kherkher receives personalized attention from a dedicated team of trial lawyers known nationally for their legal expertise and dedication to providing the highest quality representation. In addition to exceptional legal representation, Steve’s clients also become his friends who he remains in contact with long after the verdict is read. He often enjoys cookies and other baked goods clients have provided. Steve has enjoyed attending the weddings of former clients and has helped the children of former clients with educational expenses so that they could attend college. One of the recipients of his generosity is now a medical doctor. Steve looks forward to meeting you, and helping you get the justice you deserve.

Practice Areas
Personal Injury, Asbestos Litigation, and Pharmaceutical Litigation.

Education
Juris Doctorate in 1989, graduating cum laude from South Texas College of Law
Member of Phi Delta Phi
Member of Order of the Lytae
Assistant Editor of the South Texas Law Review
Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston
Master’s degree in education from the University of Houston
Football Graduate Assistant under Bill Yeoman

Bar Admissions
Texas
Pennsylvania
New York
Arkansas
Missouri
Oklahoma
Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Affiliations
Houston and American Bar Associations
State Bar of Texas
Houston Young Lawyers Association
Houston Trial Lawyers Association
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice
American Board of Trial Advocates

Professional Honors
Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization: Personal Injury Trial Law
Steve was named a Super Lawyer®, by Thomson Reuters, in 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 as selected by practicing attorneys in Texas
Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers 2012 Edition, by Thomson Reuters
Named a 2015 Top Mass Tort/Toxic Tort Lawyer in H-Texas Magazine
Darsey L. Glean

Darsey L. Glean

Partner
Darsey Glean, a native Texan, graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003, with a B.A. in Political Science and concentrations in History and Philosophy. She worked for the personal injury law firm of Herman, Howry & Breen in Austin before pursuing a law degree. Darsey then attended South Texas College of Law, where she was also given the opportunity to work as a law clerk for Stevenson & Murray, whose practice focused entirely on plaintiff’s Jones Act and catastrophic injury cases. Following her graduation from South Texas College of Law in 2009, Mrs. Glean became licensed to practice law in all courts of the State of Texas, and joined a prominent Houston product liability and mass tort firm. In 2011, she joined the Pulaski Kherkher, PLLC, whose practice was solely focused on product liability litigation, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. In 2016, Mrs. Glean became a partner at the firm and she continues to manage the firm’s personal injury, products liability, and pharmaceutical drug and medical device dockets. Over the past 10 years, Mrs. Glean has practiced and worked exclusively on behalf of plaintiffs, in complex mass tort civil litigation. Mrs. Glean has been employed to work on tens of thousands plaintiff’s cases in product liability mass tort litigation.

Practice Areas
Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, First Party Insurance and Consumer Protection, Pharmaceutical Litigation, and Jones Act cases.

Education
University of Texas at Austin, B.A.
South Texas College of Law, J.D.

Affiliations
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Houston Trial Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyer’s Association
South Texas College of Law Alumni Association
Texas Exes University of Texas Alumni Association
Eric Boss

Eric Boss

Partner
Eric was born in Houston, Texas. He began his legal career gaining trial experience through the Texas Attorney General’s office, Consumer Protection Division. Formerly a lawyer for insurance companies at a nationwide firm, Eric left this path to pursue a career in personal injury law – a decision that has allowed him the opportunity to protect those individuals who truly need it most.

Eric is admitted to practice in all state courts of the State of Texas, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas.

Practice Areas
Consumer Protection, Pharmaceutical litigation, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Auto and Truck accidents, Toxic torts, and Wrongful Death.

Education
South Texas College of Law, Doctorate of Jurisprudence.

Affiliations
Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA)
Houston Trial Lawyers Association (HTLA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
Leslie Lamacchia

Leslie Lamacchia

Partner
Leslie has been involved in some of the largest mass tort lawsuits in the country, representing thousands of injured claimants against major pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson, Janssen, Wyeth, Eli Lilly, Bayer, and Astra Zeneca, resulting in multi-million dollar settlements. Leslie has deposed and defended expert and corporate representative witnesses in complex scientific issues including pharmacology, epidemiology, and obstetrics and gynecology. Leslie also successfully represented hundreds of injured claimants in a refinery explosion against British Petroleum resulting in a $142 million dollar settlement, one week after the start of trial.

In her MDL work, Leslie has been appointed by the Honorable Paul Engelmayer to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in MDL No. 2767, In Re: Mirena IUS Levonorgestrel-Related Products Liability Litigation (No. II), and served as co-chair of the Science Committee and a member of the Law and Briefing Committee. She has also been appointed by the Honorable William Orrick in MDL No. 2913, In Re: JUUL Labs, Inc., Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation as Co-Liaison counsel between the federal court MDL and state court JCCP.

Leslie’s extensive pharmaceutical drug and product liability experience and practice currently includes defective women’s birth control devices, breast cancer chemotherapy drugs and addiction/vaping related injuries associated with the JUUL vaping device.

Practice Areas
Pharmaceutical products liability and personal injury litigation.

Education
Monmouth University, B.S., Summa Cum Laude, May 2001 (Two-sport full scholarship athlete)
South Texas College of Law, J.D., December 2004

Bar Admissions
Texas, May 2005
New Jersey, November 2005
US Supreme Court, April 2018

Affiliations
State Bar of Texas
State Bar of New Jersey
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Katherine Cornell

Katherine Cornell

Partner
Katherine Cornell is an experienced trial attorney whose practice focuses on pharmaceutical and medical device cases nationwide. Clients have come to rely on Ms. Cornell for her breadth of experience and dedication to each and every case.

Ms. Cornell is well known amongst her peers for her work in the global transvaginal mesh litigation. She served on the trial team against Mentor Worldwide and its parent company Johnson & Johnson that obtained a $4.4 million dollar verdict.

Her experience working has proved invaluable to not only her clients but also to other victims of defective medical products and dangers prescription medications. Ms. Cornell is currently working with victims of defective hernia mesh products and 3M Combat Arms Earplugs to help hold manufacturers accountable for their defective devices. She also assists victims of personal injury accidents in getting compensation for their injuries.

Ms. Cornell was appointed in 2019 and reappointed in 2020 to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee by the Honorable Casey Rodgers of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Florida in the 3M Combat Arms Earplug Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2885. She was also appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Proceed Mesh Litigation (Proceed Surgical Mesh and Proceed Ventral Patch Hernia Mesh), Case No. 630, in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Atlantic County.

In her spare time, Ms. Cornell is an active member of the legal community. She has been named a Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers and has been a Rising Star recipient from 2017 – 2020, which is an honor reserved for only 2.5% of attorneys. Ms. Cornell is a board member of Texas Women Rainmakers, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation which is a Houston-based organization aimed at empowering women through education, mentorship and networking to advance themselves in the legal field. She is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, where she currently serves as a member of the board of directors. She is also the former treasurer for the Law Practice Management Section of the Houston Bar Association and the Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation.

Ms. Cornell received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at Grand Valley State University before attending Michigan State University College of Law, where she received Dean’s List recognition. While in her home state of Michigan, she worked as a probation officer in the 59th District Court, served as a Law Clerk to Judge F. Kay Behm in The Probate Court For The County of Genesee, and as a Law Clerk to Judge Joseph J. Farah of the 7th Circuit Court.

Education
Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., Dean’s List, 2012
Grand Valley State University, B.A. in Social Work, 2009

Bar Admissions
State of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Affiliations
Houston Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, Treasurer,
2018 – Present
Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation, Gala Marketing/Media Committee, 2015
Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2015
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
Houston Young Lawyers Association, 2012
American Association For Justice, 2012

Professional Awards
Thomson Reuters, Rising Star, 2017 – 2018
American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, Top Lawyer, 2016
The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2016

Speaking Engagements
“Living and Working in the #MeToo Era,” Texas Women Rainmakers Annual
Conference, August 2018
“Statute of Limitations and Its Applicability On Hernia Mesh Cases,”
HarrisMartin Conference, July 2018
“Hernia Mesh: Litigation Update,” HarrisMartin Conference, April 2017
“Building Blocks for Civil Litigation,” Texas Women Rainmakers Annual
Conference, August 2017
“Experiences as a New Attorney,” University of Houston Pre-law Society, 2013.
Marlo Fischer

Marlo Fischer

Associate
Marlo Fischer is an associate with the law firm of Pulaski Kherkher in Houston, Texas. Ms. Fischer devotes her time and resources to advocate on behalf of those who suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. Her primary focus is on injury claims against medical device and pharmaceutical companies.

She has worked on numerous MDL claims including pelvic mesh litigation and SGLT-2 inhibitor claims and has successfully negotiated settlements on behalf of her clients. Currently, Ms. Fischer represents individuals who have suffered injuries related to the use of Zantac, and works on various other complex litigation claims.

Practice Areas
Pharmaceutical products liability and personal injury litigation.

Education
Sam Houston State University, BBA
South Texas College of Law, JD

Bar Admissions
State Bar of Texas
U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas
Bret Stanley

Bret Stanley

Partner
Over the course of his career, Mr. Stanley’s practice areas have focused on litigating pharmaceutical device and drug claims, mass tort litigation, wage claim cases, complex first-party insurance litigation, and catastrophic personal injury litigation.

Practice Areas
Pharmaceutical Drug and Devices / Mass Tort Litigation / First Party Insurance Litigation / Contract Dispute / Catastrophic Injury / Automobile Injury / Maritime Injury Litigation

Education
University of Texas at Austin B.A. in History/Geography, 2006
Member of the Texas Cowboys – New Man Fall 2003
Texas Educators Certificate
Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 2010 – Cum Laude with honors.

Bar Admissions
State Bar of Texas
U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court of Federal Claims
Prior Pro Hac Vice Admissions – U.S. District Court of the Southern District of West Virginia, U.S. District Court of Arizona, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Indiana.

Affiliations
National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 for Texas 2018
National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 for Texas 2019
Amber Prange

Amber Prange

Associate
Prior to becoming an attorney, Amber Prange played professional golf for several years. Ms. Prange joined Pulaski Kherkher while attending law school full-time. After her admittance to the bar in 2018, Ms. Prange began representing clients who had suffered serious injury, death or other damages from dangerous and defective products, as well as representing clients in their first party insurance claims. Within her second year of practice, Ms. Prange successfully negotiated several settlements with Johnson & Johnson on behalf of her clients. Currently, Ms. Prange is working on cases related to Covid-19 Business Interruption claims, as well as Federal and State court claims dealing with pharmaceutical and medical device concerns. Ms. Prange’s work ethic, competitive nature, and compassion allow her to be a true advocate and confidant for her clients.

Practice Areas
Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Products Liability Litigation, Insurance Litigation, and Personal Injury litigation.

Education
UNT Dallas College of Law, J.D.
University of Washington (full golf scholarship athlete), B.A. in Communication and Marketing

Affiliations
State Bar of Texas
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Megan Moore

Megan Moore

Associate
Megan’s practice areas have focused on Mass Tort Litigation and Toxic Tort Litigation. Prior to joining Pulaski Kherkher, PLLC, Megan worked at the Montgomery office of Beasley Allen, where she worked on numerous multidistrict litigations and state-court coordinated actions involving dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. Megan also worked on the perfluorinated chemical or PFC litigation where she represented water systems whose water supply had been contaminated by industrial discharge of PFCs. Currently, Megan represents individuals who have suffered injuries related to the use of defective products, as well as working on other complex litigation regarding pharmaceutical claims.

Practice Areas
Products Liability Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation, and Toxic Torts.

Education
Texas State University
B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Forensic Psychology
Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, J.D.

Bar Admissions
Alabama, September 2014
United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, November 2016
Eric A. Hawley

Eric A. Hawley

Associate
Mr. Hawley manages a wide variety of commercial cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants involved in complex business litigation. He represents a diverse group of clients, which include executives, investors, small business owners, and large international corporations. Mr. Hawley has represented clients at each stage of litigation, from the pre-petition negotiations all the way through the verdict at trial and post-judgment. Mr. Hawley also has assisted with representation through the appeals process.

Additionally, Mr. Hawley advises clients on a broad range of catastrophic and serious personal injury matters, including negligence, wrongful death, and premises liability, among others.

Practice Areas
Commercial Litigation, Product Liability, and Personal Injury Litigation.

Education
The University of Texas School of Law – Juris Doctor (2010)
The University of Texas at Austin – Bachelor of Arts in History (2005)

Bar Admissions
Admitted to all courts of the State of Texas, 2010
Admitted to practice in the Southern District of Texas, 2013
Admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Texas, 2015

Affiliations
Member, State Bar of Texas
Member, Houston Bar Association
Member, Houston Trial Lawyers Association
Recent Developments Associate Editor, The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, 2009-10
Lifetime Member of the Texas Exes
Kathryn Hiett

Kathryn Hiett

Associate
Kathryn Hiett is a first-year associate who was recently admitted to the Texas bar.

Before joining the firm, Kathryn attended law school at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas. During law school, Kathryn was awarded best oralist for an outstanding appellate oral argument, and she enjoyed competing on her school’s traveling negotiation team.

As a law student, Kathryn gained experience in a variety of civil matters. She began her legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Arkansas Supreme Court. After, she became a student attorney for the law school civil clinic where she represented indigent clients in breach of contract and unpaid wage claims. Since then, Kathryn clerked for multiple different firms practicing an assortment of civil law matters, such as contract law, property law, and employment law.

Education
J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
B.S. in Political Science, University of Arkansas

Professional Affiliations
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Court Admissions
Admitted to all courts of the State of Texas
U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas
Cody W. Palasota

Cody W. Palasota

Associate
Cody Palasota was born in College Station, Texas and attended Sam Houston State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 2014. Following his undergraduate education, he attended South Texas College of Law in Houston and graduated in 2018. During his time at South Texas, he gained valuable knowledge through his courses and significant experience in his speaking, writing, and presentation skills during his participation in the nationally-ranked Mock Trial and Moot Court Advocacy Programs. Prior to graduating, he served as a law clerk for a personal injury firm, a family and criminal law firm, and interned at the 209th District Court with criminal defense and prosecuting attorneys.

Before joining Pulaski Kherker, PLLC, Cody worked in a general practice firm where he served clients in family, criminal, contract, debt, insurance, property, and personal injury cases. Mr. Palasota then transitioned to working as an attorney defending clients in personal injury cases. Now, Mr. Palasota uses his broad work experience, legal education, and insight from working in defense to bring a multi-faceted outlook to issues concerning plaintiff injury claims so that he may best serve his clients.

Practice Areas
Products Liability Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation

Education
Sam Houston State University, B.S.;
South Texas College of Law, J.D
David P. Matthews

David P. Matthews

Of Counsel
Attorney David Matthews has been repeatedly voted by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Voted one of the Best Lawyers in America by his peers since 2016, Mr. Matthews has taken more than 125 cases to a jury verdict.

Practice Areas
Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation, Products Liability Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, and Survivors of Clergy Abuse.

Education
South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1988 J.D.
Honors: Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards: Property, Civil Procedure
Law Review: South Texas College Law Review, Assistant Editor, 1988
Law Review: South Texas Law Review, Comment Editor
University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1984 B.A.

Affiliations
Texas Bar Foundation Member
Houston Bar Association Member
American Bar Association Member
State Bar of Texas Member
Houston Young Lawyers Association Member
Texas Trial Lawyers Association Associate Director
American Board of Trial Advocates Member
American Association of Justice