Kari L. Sutherland

Kari Sutherland

Kari is a trial attorney and focuses her practice on pharmaceutical and medical device product liability litigation. She represents clients in significant personal injury actions in courtrooms across the country. In 2022, she served as lead trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in the District of Arizona and won a unanimous defense verdict after a jury trial involving decommercialized pelvic mesh products. Later, in 2022, she again served as lead trial counsel for J&J in the District of Arkansas and won a unanimous defense verdict in another pelvic mesh case. Between those two trial wins, she served as trial counsel in the Southern District of Mississippi in a balloon implant case involving serious injuries and again secured a unanimous defense verdict. Her other pharmaceutical product liability defense verdicts include those resulting from trials in California, Illinois and Louisiana. She has worked with the absolute best and brightest pharmaceutical and medical device product liability lawyers in the country.

Kari’s additional experience includes managing a national counsel team consisting of firms across the nation defending prescription medical devices. She also serves as a national expert coordinator in pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. She draws on her broad knowledge of FDA regulatory issues in working with experts to defend litigation and in counseling clients on risk avoidance and management strategies. Additionally, among other memberships, Kari is a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a member of the Trial Attorneys of America. 

Kari is a former Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. She is recognized by Benchmark Litigation as one of its Top 250 Women in Litigation (2016-2023). She is also listed by The Legal 500 U.S. (recognized in the editorial for Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices – Defense, 2023), Thomson Reuters, Mid-South Super Lawyers® (Personal Injury – Products: Defense, 2013-2020)and Best Lawyers in America® (Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2021-2024). Kari also received a 2017 Burton Award and a 2018 Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association “The Quarterly” Editorial Award for her written work. 

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