Frank WoodsonShareholder | Medical Devices and Drugs
"Frank Woodson is an important member of the team (Mass Torts), and has been influential in Zyprexa and Vioxx litigation."
- The Legal 500 quote, 2008 edition
"Frank Woodson, considered by many to be Birchfield's "right hand man", maintains a multi-faceted practice that sees him active in a variety of cases, including Vioxx litigation, and has recently been at the forefront of the firm's Zyprexa caseload. In addition, he has emerged as the firm's go-to attorney for claims related to Stevens-Johnson syndrome."
- The Legal 500 quote, 2007 edition
Frank was a former partner in the general litigation firm of Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough & Howell in Mobile, Alabama, where his practice focused on litigation, both plaintiff and defense. Examples of the type of plaintiff's litigation he handled included: consumer fraud cases against car dealers, finance fraud involving door-to-door sales, personal injury litigation and obtaining landowners' just compensation when their property was taken in eminent domain proceedings.
Frank joined Beasley Allen in 2001, and his practice focuses on Mass Torts related to pharmaceuticals. He has brought seventeen years of litigation experience to the Mass Torts Section. Frank is currently involved in the firm's shoulder pain pump cases and also recently tried an HRT breast cancer case in Nebraska. He is a frequent speaker at seminars including a "Mass Torts Made Perfect" seminar in New York City on Vioxx; an ATLA teleseminar entitled, "Pain Killers and the FDA"; another Vioxx seminar in Jackson,Mississippi, recently speaking at local seminars in Alabama on preemption and Ethics. He also spoke at an AAJ seminar in Las Vegas regarding pain pump litigation.
In 2012, Frank has tried three of the firm's hormone replacement therapy (HRT) breast cancer cases. The first was in Omaha, Neb., and the most recent was in Salt Lake City, Utah. After a four-week trial, the jury in Salt Lake returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff for $5.1 million. The entire award was for compensatory damages.
Recently Frank has been asked to investigate cases involving the compounding pharmacy outside Boston that has caused many deaths and cases of meningitis. The manufacturer, NECC, has recently filed bankruptcy in light of the many lawsuits filed. Our firm will work to try to obtain compensation for the victims.
His most recent work is on behalf of individuals who have died or suffered a cardiac event after dialysis. Granuflo is a product used in the dialysis process manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care. This litigation will be centered in Massachusetts Federal Court in Boston. The Judge handling that litigation has appointed Frank to be a member of the Plaintiff's Steering Committee who will guide and direct the litigation nationally.
Frank is investigating and filing claims for women who were prescribed brand-name Lipitor and later developed diabetes. This drug was over-prescribed to women for primary prevention when no study shows that these women gain any benefit from the drug, thus exposing them only to risks. This litigation is in its early stages.
Frank is also working on behalf of clients who suffer from severe injury to their shoulder joint as a result of the use of a pain pump after shoulder surgery. Frank is working with law firms in Oregon who discovered the problems with these pain pumps. These cases are ongoing with plaintiff's fighting in Courts across the country. Several cases have resolved, a trial in January 2009 resulted in a $5.4 million dollar verdict for plaintiffs and another trial resulted in a defense verdict. To learn about this litigation you can visit the Medical Devices and Drugs section of the Beasley Allen website.
Beginning in 2005, Frank served as the Vice Chairman of the sales and marketing committee for the Vioxx MDL in New Orleans. Frank participated in several of the firm's Vioxx trials. He lead a team of lawyers who prepared video deposition cuts for several Vioxx trials as well as other aspects of a Vioxx MDL trial package. Much of the evidence presented at the MDL trials were through video depositions.
Frank was appointed to the Plaintiff Steering Committee for the Bextra/Celebrex MDL in San Francisco in 2007. In preparation for the first trial in the MDL, Frank was asked to lead another team of lawyers to prepare the video deposition cuts which requires many hours negotiating with defense counsel and providing a transcript the MDL court for ruling on objections far in advance of the trial. He resolved the firm’s Bextra and Celebrex claims in 2009.
Frank's staff has worked diligently over the past several years to provide compensation for the firm's Zyprexa clients. The clients claims were evaluated according to objective standards to determine whether they qualified for payment and how much that would be. Initial compensation payments began in late 2008. This process continued with each client's claim being evaluated by plaintiff and defense. Final payments to all clients were made in early 2011.
Frank was responsible for preparing the firm's first Rezulin case for trial that helped generate the first group settlement of Rezulin cases in the country. Additional group settlements of the firms Rezulin cases occurred in the Fall of 2002 and the Spring of 2003, culminating in all the firm's Rezulin cases being resolved in 2004. The amounts of the Rezulin settlements are all confidential.
He was part of the Mass Tort section's Baycol team beginning in 2001. He was a frequent speaker on this litigation, having spoken at the 2002 ATLA Convention in Atlanta, the Baycol "Hot Doc's" Seminar in Phoenix and on the first live Internet seminar broadcast live for plaintiff attorneys held in Newark, N.J. Frank was responsible for taking several key depositions in this national litigation. He worked on the settlement of most of the firm's Baycol cases resulting in settlements in excess of $70 million.
Frank enrolled all of the firm's 10,000 Propulsid claimants in the MDL settlement program. The program winding down and several clients have been awarded settlements in this litigation. Frank represented a group of claimants who suffered various injuries from a rheumatoid arthritis medication that were resolved after extensive workup and negotiation.
Frank has handled several cases that were not mass torts. He filed a lawsuit alleging Neurontin caused the client to commit suicide which resolved successfully. He continues to investigate claims involving drugs that cause Stevens Johnson Syndrome(SJS), having resolved claims for two clients who were blinded by SJS. In late 2008 he worked to resolve a claim for a child who required a liver transplant after ingestion of an antibiotic and in 2009 resolved the claim of a family of another child who died from liver failure after ingestion of an antibiotic. He has been instrumental in resolving other pharmaceutical litigation on a confidential basis, which were not mass torts.
Frank is a former president of Mobile County Young Lawyers and was also a member of Mobile County Bar Association Executive Committee and of the State of Alabama Young Lawyers Committee. In addition, he currently serves as a Trustee on the Executive Committee of the Alabama Association for Justice, and serves as its Secretary. He is a member of the Mobile Bar Association and the American Association for Justice, where he is Co-Chair of the Pain Pump Litigation Group. He is also an initial member of the ALAJ first Board of Directors. In June 2012, Frank was elected as Treasurer of ALAJ and was responsible for leading the group through the legislative session in the spring of 2013. Frank is the author of "Pharmaceutical Drug Litigation - An Overview", "The Bayer Criminal Convictions" and recently "Forget Tort reform, we want Immunity."
Frank is married to the former Marti Glaze of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and they have four children. The family are active members of Frazer United Methodist Church, where Frank served on the Board of Stewards, is a member of the Harbor Light Sunday school class and serves as an Usher in the contemporary service. He also serves as a Board member at St. James School.
- Alabama and U.S. District Court for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama (1984)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit (1984)
- Alabama Association for Justice - Treasurer 2012-13; Secretary, 2013-14
- Mobile County Bar Association
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association
- Trustee - Alabama Association for Justice
- Executive Committee - Alabama Association for Justice
- Alabama State Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice - Granuflo Dialysis Litigation Group; Lipitor Litigation Group; co-Chair, Pain Pump Litigation Group
- South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association
- Board of Directors, St. James School
- Board of Stewards, Frazer United Methodist Church
- American Association for Justice Section on Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts (S.T.E.P.)
- AV Rated
- Cumberland School of Law (J.D., 1984)
- University of Alabama (B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration, 1980)
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