Partner Jennifer L. Orendi contributes several years of experience in law and science to serve individuals adversely affected by dangerous products, including pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Her background in neuroscience research, understanding of neurologic injuries, and laboratory experience prior to law school compliment her aptitude for helping to build cases based upon scientific data and analyses. Prior to law school, Ms. Orendi graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was awarded one of the first undergraduate fellowships by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She continued her research at laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and at the University of Wisconsin, and then attended Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree with a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law.
Ms. Orendi has managed and litigated hundreds of individual pharmaceutical and medical device product liability cases from intake to resolution, and has contributed her passion for science and medicine to several Federal Multi District Litigations (MDLs), including Fen-Phen, Phenylpropanolamine Products, Zyprexa, Vioxx, Ortho Evra, and Pradaxa. In addition to her love for building cases on behalf of consumers, she also enjoys applying her knowledge of medical facts and prognoses toward the negotiation of claims to help the injured move forward. She is especially interested in legal issues regarding products marketed and sold specifically to women and girls, and in injuries based in neurologic, endocrine and psychiatric manifestations.
Ms. Orendi augments our team by leading the firm’s efforts on behalf of injured women in the Talc, Taxotere, and Mirena litigations, and she has recently been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee by the Federal Judge in the Southern District of New York who is overseeing In Re: Mirena IUS Levonorgestrel-Related Products Liability Litigation (No. II), MDL No. 2767.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Orendi worked on behalf of injured individuals at a nationally-acclaimed law firm, and for a large law firm specializing in food and drug regulatory law, both in Washington DC. An avid Pittsburgh sports fan, Ms. Orendi enjoys many athletic endeavors, and is also a live music enthusiast.
* For the NYSBA, I am Co-Chair of the Committee on Cosmetics Law for the Food, Drug & Cosmetics Law Section.