Navan WardAtlanta, GA
Navan is a principal at Beasley Allen Law Firm. He is the firm’s lead attorney on the metal-on-metal hip implant litigation, proton pump inhibitor (PPI) litigation, and practices from the Atlanta office. Navan is licensed to practice in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and New York.
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 attends church at Northview Christian Church – Communion City.
Hip Implant Litigation
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.
He has been instrumental in assisting with the 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.
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’s PPI litigation involve people who use PPI’s (ie: Prilosec, Prevacid, Protonix, Nexium, Dexilant, etc.) for acid reflux and suffer severe kidney damage or stomach cancer as a result.
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.
Navan was heavily involved with the COX-2 inhibitor (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.
Litigation Leadership Positions
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). Navan also was appointed as co-lead counsel for the Plaintiffs Executive Committee (PEC) in the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability MDL. Navan has also recently been appointed to the PEC for the PPI MDL litigation.
As a member of the Personal Injury Section, 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 the millions for his nursing home and wrongful death trucking clients.
Navan serves in leadership positions for various legal organizations. Currently, Navan serves as the 75th President of the American Association for Justice, which is formerly known as the American Trial Lawyers Association. This is Navan’s fourth consecutive year serving on the Executive Committee. He has also served as a past chairman of the Minority Caucus, past chairman of the Diversity Committee and a member of the Board of Governors.
In addition, Navan is an American Bar Association (ABA) member, serving as a former Alabama State Bar delegate for the ABA. He is a past president of the Alabama Lawyers Association, the Alabama State Bar’s Young Lawyers Section, and the Montgomery County Association for Justice. 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.
Awards and Recognitions
Navan has earned a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. In 2017, he was awarded the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Minority Caucus Stalwart Award for his dedicated years of service to the organization. Navan has been regularly selected to the Best Lawyers in America list, as well as being named to the Super Lawyers list for the last few years. He has also been named to the LawDragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, which is the 500 best attorneys across the nation in this category.
Navan also received the AAJ Distinguished Service Award in 2012, and again in 2015. In 2014, Navan was the recipient of the AAJ’s Wiedemann & Wysocki Award. 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 has given several presentations concerning Talcum Powder litigation, PPI 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.
Navan Ward: Voting is a privilege. Make it a priority.Navan Ward is a lawyer in Beasley Allen’s Mass Torts Section and President-Elect of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). He says AAJ is mobilizing its members, as well as law students and other citizens, to assist in getting out the vote in advance of the presidential election November 3. The effort includes encouraging volunteers to sign up as poll workers, receive training to serve as poll monitors, and distribute information about how to vote by mail for those who are not comfortable voting in person due to COVID-19 or difficulty accessing a polling place. “To exercise our bully pulpit at the election booth in November is probably one of the most sacred rights that we have, and we have to protect it at all cost,” Navan said.
Learn more about Navan Ward: https://www.beasleyallen.com/attorney/navan-ward/
Navan Ward on The Annual Minority Pre-Law ConferenceThe Annual Minority Pre-Law Conference is about teaching 11th and 12th graders what itÃ¢e(TM)s like to be a lawyer. The Montgomery conference will be held April 14th at the federal court house for the mock trial along with a keynote speaker. Following the trial they will go to Alabama State University. This mock trial will also be held in Birmingham on April 2nd at Birmingham Southern College. Attorney Navan Ward explains how the young adults will be able to speak with attorneys and know their legal rights, what is it like to be in law school, to take the bar, different areas of law you can get into, and more. The main targets are minority students, but all are welcomed.
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Navan Ward talks about Beasley Allen Law Firm’s missionBeasley Allen principal Navan Ward says from a very young age, his parents taught him to do right and help others. Navan chose law as his career path because it reinforced his passion for helping those who need it most. In Navan’s case, he stands strong against giant pharmaceutical companies responsible for causing significant injury, and sometimes even death, to unsuspecting victims of a dangerous drug or medical device.
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