In 2001, Ted accepted an of counsel position at Beasley Allen. While he has spent his entire career helping the injured and defrauded, Ted now focuses on representing personal injury victims throughout the country in claims against pharmaceutical, cosmetic and medical device companies. Ted became a principal at Beasley Allen in 2002. Since that time, he has been a leader at Beasley Allen with verdicts and settlements totaling more than $635 million, including a $72.6 million compensatory verdict in a hormone replacement therapy trial, and $72 million, $55 million, $70 million and $110 million verdicts in talc/ovarian cancer trials.
Ted is currently leading the charge in cases where talcum powder caused ovarian cancer. He helped lead the trial team that secured a $72 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson on Feb. 22, 2016. A jury in city of St. Louis Circuit Court found Johnson & Johnson liable for injuries resulting from the use of its talc-containing products such as Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder for feminine hygiene. The jury awarded the family of Plaintiff Jacqueline Fox $72 million after agreeing the products contributed to the development of her ovarian cancer. The verdict includes $10 million in actual damages and $62 million in punitive damages. The jury found Johnson & Johnson liable for failure to warn, negligence and conspiracy. Fox passed away in Oct. 2015 at age 62. This verdict was the first of its kind and resulted in the Fox trial team being a finalist for the 2016 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year.
One month later, Ted returned to the courtroom where he helped lead another trial team to a $55 million jury verdict in May 2016 against Johnson & Johnson for injuries resulting from the use of Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The jury awarded Gloria Ristesund $5 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. In October 2016, he helped lead another trial team to a $70 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America for injuries resulting from the use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The jury awarded Deborah Giannecchini $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $67.5 million in punitive damages. This was the first-ever Baby Powder verdict against the mining company, Imerys. The Ristesund and Giannecchini verdicts prompted Public Justice to nominate Ted for the 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. In May 2017, Ted helped lead a trial team to a $110 million jury verdict against the same companies. The jury awarded Lois Slemp $5.4 million in compensatory damages and $105 million in punitive damages. A month later, he took a small group of Beasley Allen talc lawyers and staff to Los Angeles, where they consulted and helped lead another talc trial team to a $417 million verdict on behalf of Eva Echeverria. For their work on the Echeverria case, they received recognition by the National Trial Lawyers Association as the Top Trial Team of the Year, and for their work in Giannecchini and Slemp, the Beasley Allen talc team landed the firm among Law360’s Product Liability Groups of the Year.
Ted now represents Giannecchini as a Vice-Chair of the Imerys Talc America Bankruptcy Tort Claimants Committee.
Ted was the principal Beasley Allen attorney who handled the Lotronex, Meridia, Guidant Ancure Stent, Sulzer, Smith & Nephew Knee Replacement litigations, and Hormone Therapy (Prempro) litigations. He was selected to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Prempro Multi District Litigation.
Awards and Ratings
In 2016, Public Justice named Ted a finalist in their annual “Trial Lawyer of the Year” Award for his work in the talcum powder litigation. He was nominated for the same award in 2017. His talc verdicts were listed in the National Law Journal’s Top 100 Verdicts of 2016 and 2017, and his hormone replacement therapy verdict was selected by the National Law Journal as No. 30 on its list of Top 100 Verdicts of 2011. Ted also received the 2009 and 2017 award for Beasley Allen Mass Torts Lawyer of the Year, and in 2012 and 2016, he was selected as Beasley Allen Litigator of the Year. Ted has been selected for inclusion in the annual Midsouth Super Lawyer list since 2014 and has been named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers.
Ted received the Alabama State Bar Continuing Legal Education Award in recognition of efforts to continue and enhance professional competence. He has been recognized as an “advocate” by the National College of Advocacy.
Ted is a frequent speaker on mass tort issues. He was also co-chair of the Harris Martin Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Litigation Conferences held in Charleston, South Carolina in 2016 and 2019, California in 2016 and 2017, and Miami in 2017 and 2018. He has been a guest speaker at National Lawyer Conventions held in Montgomery, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Miami, Key West, Aspen, Charleston, Boca Raton, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Cancun, Atlanta, Las Vegas, San Diego and Puerto Rico, and at an American Bar Association Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Continuing Education event. Ted has spoken at the Mississippi Judicial College on the subject of electronic discovery. He has spoken regarding Hormone Therapy (Prempro) litigation in a conference sponsored by the American Association for Justice.
Ted has been interviewed by Legal Talk Network regarding the latest in the Vioxx (2006) and Hormone Therapy (2012) litigations. He is mentioned in the 2007 through 2010 editions of The Legal 500, a book carrying independent editorial commentary on the leading law firms in the United States. Ted has been quoted in publications such as The American Lawyer, The National Law Journal, FairWarning.org, Law360 and The Trial Lawyer. Ted has appeared on CBS This Morning and The CBS Evening News to discuss the $55 million talc/ovarian cancer verdict, and on the CBS Evening News to discuss the 2018 Reuters article regarding asbestos in Baby Powder.
After graduating from law school, Ted returned to his hometown of Prattville, Alabama, where he joined the general practice law firm of Howell, Sarto & Howell. In 1995, Ted moved his growing personal injury practice to Birmingham, Alabama, where he became a partner in the plaintiffs’ litigation firm of Davenport, Lavette & Meadows, P.C. until he joined Beasley Allen.
Ted is married to the former Carla Musgrove of Eufaula, Alabama. They have two children, Nathan and Amanda. He and his family are members of Saint James United Methodist Church, where he is actively involved in the Music Ministry and has served on the Board of Trustees and as a lay helper in Haiti during the months following the 2010 earthquake. Ted is an avid triathlete, having competed in numerous endurance events, including Ironman Florida, Escape from Alcatraz and Ironman Augusta 70.3 (where he has twice qualified for the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships).