Jennifer Kathryn EmmelAssociate | Medical Devices and Drugs
Jennifer Emmel joined Beasley Allen in 2013, where she practices in the firm’s Mass Torts Section primarily on product liability actions involving transvaginal mesh.
Transvaginal mesh is used to repair conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The mesh is implanted through the vagina and is used to shore up pelvic organs that have become displaced due to age, childbirth, hysterectomy or obesity. According to the FDA, reported complications from of the transvaginal placement of the mesh include erosion of the mesh into the vaginal tissue, organ perforation, pain, infection, painful intercourse and urinary and fecal incontinence.
Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in Biology, with a double minor in Physics and Chemistry, from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. She went on to obtain a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Biomedical Science with a focus on Molecular Oncology. In graduate school, Jennifer won Graduate Research Awards for oral presentation of research, first in Neuroscience and later in Molecular Oncology. Her work earned her travel fellowships, and she was invited to present her research at International conferences in Paris and Mexico City. Subsequently, Jennifer spent two years in Boston with a consulting company specializing in mergers and acquisitions.
Jennifer earned her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2009, and is a member of the Washington State Bar. While in law school, she interned at the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office in the property, major crimes, and domestic violence divisions and gained courtroom experience including serving as lead counsel on a multiple-felony trial. She moved to Northern Alabama and associated with a law firm, working in the areas of criminal and family law.
She is a college-level educator, and has taught courses as an adjunct in Biology, Chemistry, Medical Terminology, and Anatomy. Jennifer became a member of the Alabama State Bar in 2012.
- Alabama State Bar
- Washington State Bar
- Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D. 2009)
- University of Wisconsin (B.S. 1999); University of South Carolina School of Medicine (Ph.D. 2004)
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