Jennifer L. Orendi

Jennifer L. Orendi

Managing Partner

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.

My Experience

Relevant Leadership and Mass Tort Experience

  • Independent counsel to a wide array of plaintiffs and other law firms regarding mass tort and intellectual property matters, working with internationally-renown experts in science and medicine, including various surgical disciplines, and parlaying knowledge of case-specific facts to forge settlement negotiations with manufacturers, distributors, and their insurers.
  • Substantial experience assisting Discovery and Science Committees for large complex matters in MDLs and in state court consolidated cases, including In re: Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 1407), In re: Vioxx Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 1657), In re: Ortho Evra Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 1742), In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2385), and In re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practice and Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2570). Has worked cooperatively with both large groups of co-counsel as well as opposing counsel in order to achieve effective and efficient results, to build consensus, and to litigate disputes in an efficient and effective manner in order to reduce disputes that come before the court.
  • Leverages science background and experience in FDA regulations, enforcement, and compliance programs to formulate theories of liability and to direct fact and expert discovery regarding manufacturing, quality systems, packaging, labeling, promotional activities, pharmacovigilance efforts and post-market reporting obligations. Monitors and reports on pending legislation regarding pharmaceuticals, medical devices and cosmetics and personal care products. Collaborates with senior partners and experts in various medical disciplines and regulatory science.

Bar Admissions

Affiliations and Memberships

* For the NYSBA, I am Co-Chair of the Committee on Cosmetics Law for the Food, Drug & Cosmetics Law Section.

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