Beasley Allen lawyer Danielle Mason sees her legal practice as a way to protect those who do not have the ability or resources to protect themselves – to help average citizens fight against corporate giants or help a particular group who has faced injustice when seeking medical treatment.
Through trying cases involving hormone replacement therapy at the beginning of her eight-year career with Beasley Allen and as a current member our talcum powder trial team, Danielle has worked tirelessly to advance women’s health as a member of our Mass Torts Section.
“This could be you or your mother or your sister or your aunt – somebody in your family that you know and love – that has been affected negatively by a women’s health product,” Danielle said. “Ultimately our main position in these cases is that they’re rightfully being brought against the manufacturer, who had reason to know and should have known the danger of its products.”
A member of the firm’s talc trial team, she and her colleagues have won three of four cases against Johnson & Johnson and its talc supplier, Imerys Talc America, asserting the pharmaceutical giant knew women’s use of their Baby Powder and Shower to Shower Body Powder in the genital area was linked to ovarian cancer.
While reviewing case material, they found Johnson & Johnson specifically targeted African-American women in their market research for talcum powder despite ample evidence of its health concerns. These are the types of cases that remind Danielle why she chose to become a trial lawyer.
“Big companies who have unlimited resources love to battle it out in the courtroom for years, but ultimately they need to pay for what they’ve done, particularly to already disadvantaged groups of people,” she said, noting being a woman involved in women’s health cases gives her a particular sense of empathy. “However, being an advocate for your clients depends more on personality than gender, and both men and women invoke a variety of the same courtroom strategies,” she said.
In addition to her work with talcum powder products, Danielle is currently the lead attorney on Invokana litigation, representing clients who have suffered adverse side effects, which can include diabetic coma and death, from the blood sugar regulating medicine used to treat Type 2 diabetes. In January, Danielle was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee that will help lead the consolidated multidistrict litigation concerning the drug.
Most recently, Danielle received the inaugural Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama Leading Lady award for her special contributions to the community through civic, academic or professional efforts.
To contact Danielle, email Danielle.Mason@beasleyallen.com or call 800-898-2034.
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