Danielle Ward Mason, principal with Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., has been included for the second consecutive year in the Law360 Rising Stars rankings. Law360’s Rising Stars profiles the top legal talent nationwide, younger than 40. The winners are comprised of top litigators and dealmakers practicing at a level usually seen from veteran attorneys.
“We congratulate Danielle on her continued success and hard work,” said Beasley Allen Principal & Managing Attorney Tom Methvin. “Her drive to obtain justice for her clients epitomizes our firm’s bedrock principal to put our clients first and ensure their access to justice.”
Mason, a Montgomery, Ala. native, became the first African-American female principal at the Beasley Allen Law Firm by age 37 where she proudly focuses her practice on health-related cases and is particularly motivated by cases that have the potential to advance women’s health issues. She has helped win millions of dollars in verdicts for those suffering because of reprehensible corporate conduct. These verdicts have provided a platform for raising public awareness about unsafe medical devices and drugs. They have also led to corrective action by regulators and drug manufacturers.
As part of the Beasley Allen national talc trial team, Mason has helped secure $307 million in verdicts against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for its failure to warn about the scientific link between frequent use of its talc-containing products and the increased risk of ovarian cancer. She has also successfully litigated claims against Imerys Talc America, J&J’s talc supplier. Mason leads the firm’s Invokana litigation, representing clients who have suffered adverse side effects including diabetic coma and death, from the blood sugar regulating medicine. In January, she was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) for consolidated multidistrict litigation pending in New Jersey federal court concerning Invokana’s link to kidney damage and diabetic ketoacidosis.
Mason’s passion to gain justice for her clients is evident in her leadership in the firm’s Reglan litigation. A critical part of her work for this litigation has been ensuring the survival of the claims despite the challenges created by the U.S. Supreme Court’s generic preemption decision, Pliva v. Mensing, in 2011.
Nationally, Mason was also named to the 2014 and 2015 Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list, which recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys. She has been named one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for Alabama by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys and was selected by her law partners as Beasley Allen’s 2016 Mass Torts Lawyer of the Year. In 2016, Mason received the American Association for Justice F. Scott Baldwin Award, which was established to honor and recognize the world-renowned trial lawyer from Marshall, Texas, whose efforts produced outstanding awards for injured victims and their families. Closer to home, she was selected by the Girl Scouts of South Alabama as the group’s inaugural Leading Lady earlier this year.
Mason graduated from Auburn Montgomery with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1999, followed by a Masters of Business Administration in 2001. She began a career in commercial banking, spending five years with Regions Bank and two years at Compass Bank before entering Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Mason is married to Dwan R. Mason and they have two sons, Jordan and Jaxon.