Navan Ward, Jr.Principal | Medical Devices and Drugs
Navan is a principal at Beasley Allen Law Firm. He is the firm's lead attorney on the metal-on-metal hip implant litigation, and as of Jan. 1, 2017, he is responsible for opening up and practicing out of the firm’s new office, located in Atlanta, Georgia. Navan is licensed to practice in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and New York.
Navan’s hip implant litigation involves victims who have defective hip implants causing severe pain, metal poisoning, revision surgery, and in some cases, permanent injury. These defective hip devices are manufactured by various companies, such as Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopedics, among others.
Navan was selected to a team of lead lawyers, called the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC), for the DePuy “ASR” Hip Implant Recall Multi-District Litigation (MDL), as well as to the PSC for the DePuy “Pinnacle” Hip Replacement MDL. Navan also was appointed as co-lead counsel for the Plaintiffs Executive Committee in the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability MDL. He has been instrumental in assisting with the recent verdicts and global settlements against major hip implant manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson / DePuy for $4.057 billion, Howmedica Osteonics Corporation / Stryker for over $1 billion, and Biomet Corporation for more than $250 million, as well as additional confidential settlements involving other metal-on-metal and/or modular-neck hip components.
Navan was also heavily involved with the hormone replacement therapy litigation, representing hundreds of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer as a result of ingesting these combination hormone medications. His trial team was responsible for obtaining a $72.6 million verdict for three hormone therapy clients that went to trial in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Upon arrival at Beasley Allen, Navan was responsible for overseeing the Meridia pharmaceutical drug litigation, a medication that caused heart attacks and strokes, as part of the Mass Torts Section. Navan then moved to the Personal Injury Section, where he mostly litigated nursing home neglect and abuse, as well as wrongful death trucking cases in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Navan has litigated cases where the nursing home resident suffered from injuries such as multiple falls, bedsores, malnutrition, dehydration, aspiration pneumonia and sepsis/infections. He has been successful in obtaining verdicts and/or settlements in excess of $3 million for his nursing home and wrongful death trucking clients.
Navan returned to the Mass Torts Section and was heavily involved with the Cox-2 (Vioxx, Celebrex and Bextra) pharmaceutical drug litigation. These drugs were used for the treatment of arthritis, but caused heart attacks, strokes and serious skin reactions. Specifically, he was the firm's lead attorney for the Celebrex and Bextra pharmaceutical litigation. Navan was one of the leaders in the Bextra/Celebrex Multidistrict Litigation, serving on both the Science and Discovery committees. Additionally, Navan was responsible for overseeing the Permax and Dostinex pharmaceutical drug litigation. These drugs were used for the treatment of Parkinson's disease but caused damage to the users’ heart valves. Overall, Navan has obtained more than $360 million for the specific clients that he has represented in the various areas he has practiced.
Awards and Ratings
Navan has earned a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. In 2013, he was selected as Beasley Allen's Litigator of the Year. In 2011 and 2014, Navan was named Beasley Allen's Mass Torts Section Lawyer of the Year. Navan received the American Association for Justice Distinguished Service Award in 2012, and again in 2015. In 2014, Navan was the recipient of the American Association for Justice Wiedemann & Wysocki Award.
Beasley Allen was recognized by Law360 as one of the Top 10 Law Firms for Black Attorneys in the U.S., and also for having the highest percentage of African-American partners among the top 10 firms.
Navan serves in leadership positions for various legal organizations. Currently, Navan serves as the Parliamentarian of the American Association for Justice, which is formerly known as American Trial Lawyers Association. He has also served as a past chairman of the Minority Caucus, past chairman of the Diversity Committee, a member of the Board of Governors and a member of the Executive Committee.
In addition, Navan has served as an American Bar Association member, where he served as a former Alabama State Bar delegate; Alabama Lawyers Association member, where served as a past president; Alabama State Bar member, where he has served as a former ABA delegate and past president of the Young Lawyers Section; Alabama Association for Justice member, where he served as a former member of the Board of Directors; and Montgomery County Association for Justice member, where he served as past president. Navan also was a member of Leadership Montgomery's Class XXI, a former chairman of the Father Walters Charity Golf Tournament, and a member of the Alabama Law Foundation Grant Committee.
Navan has given several presentations concerning Talcum Powder litigation, the Johnson & Johnson / DePuy hip implant recall, Stryker modular-neck hip implant recall, defective metal-on-metal hip implants, hormone replacement therapy litigation, Cox-2 drug litigation, Permax/Dostinex litigation and nursing home litigation, as well as various other practice skills presentations throughout the country.
Before he arrived at Beasley Allen, Navan had experience working for an insurance defense firm and an employment law firm. He was involved in cases dealing with medical malpractice, auto accidents, contractor liability, race discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace.
Navan is married to the former Bridget L. Maynor, of Irondale, Alabama, and they have twin sons, Roman and Jaxon. Navan's childhood church was Bethany Seventh Day Adventist Church, but he now attends Northview Christian Church - Safe Harbor in Montgomery.
- Alabama (2002)
- Mississippi (2003)
- Tennessee (2016)
- New York (2016)
- U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas (2010)
- U.S. District Court of Colorado (2009)
- U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio (2005)
- U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi (2003)
- U.S. District Court of Western District of Tennessee (2003)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2003)
- U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Alabama (2002)
- American Association for Justice (Parliamentarian)
- Alabama State Bar (Past President, Young Lawyers Section)
- Alabama State Bar, Past ABA Delegate
- Mississippi Bar Association
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- Alabama Lawyers Association (Past President)
- Montgomery County Association for Justice (Past President)
- American Association for Justice (Co-Chair, DePuy Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group)
- American Association for Justice (Co-Chair, Biomet M2A Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Litigation Group)
- American Association for Justice (Past Chair, Minority Caucus Section)
- American Association for Justice (Immediate Past Chair, Diversity Committee)
- American Association for Justice (Board of Governors)
- American Association for Justice (Executive Committee)
- American Bar Association (Past State Delegate for Alabama)
- Farrah Law Society
- Leadership Montgomery Class XXI
- Alabama Law Foundation Grant Committee
- Super Lawyers
- AV Rated
- Beasley Allen Litigator of the Year (2013)
- Beasley Allen Mass Torts Section Lawyer of the Year (2011)
- Beasley Allen Mass Torts Section Lawyer of the Year (2014)
- American Association for Justice Distinguished Service Award (2012)
- American Association for Justice Wiedemann & Wysocki Award (2014)
- American Association for Justice Distinguished Service Award (2015)
- University of Alabama (J.D., 2002)
- University of Alabama (B.A., 1999)
- Navan Ward talks about Beasley Allen Law Firm’s mission
- Defective metal-on-metal hip implants may result in serious injury
- Beasley Allen investigating claims of defective hip implants
- Navan Ward discusses the DePuy Hip Replacement Recall with Ringler Radio
- Pre-Law Day featuring Navan Ward
- Navan Ward on The Annual Minority Pre-Law Conference
- DePuy Hip Recall Update
- DePuy Hip Implant Litigation
- DePuy Hip Implant Recall
- Reglan Litigation Heats Up
- Permax and Dostinex Litigation Heats Up
- Issues Involved in Taking a Nursing Home Case to Trial
- Update on Hormone Replacement Therapy Litigation
- The Plaintiff's Liability Case, Lining Up & Preparing Your Witness
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