Beasley Allen lawyer Joseph VanZandt has been included 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 are proud of Joseph and the leadership he demonstrates on the national stage,” said Beasley Allen Managing Attorney Tom Methvin. “He is making a difference in the lives of our clients while holding corporate bad actors accountable and passing along those benefits to a broader population.”
Joseph is a principal in the firm’s Mass Torts section where he is working on the national litigation related to JUUL and the vaping epidemic sparked by the company’s aggressive marketing tactics targeting youth. He represents individuals who have suffered injuries related to the use of JUUL vaping devices and other similar vaping products. Joseph also represents school districts and other public and private entities that have been impacted by the national youth vaping epidemic. He was appointed to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the national multidistrict litigation (MDL).
Before the JUUL litigation, Joseph’s practice focused on representing individuals against Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Corporation for claims related to the blood thinner Xarelto. Beasley Allen’s Andy Birchfield served as co-lead for the Xarelto MDL in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Joseph was instrumental in assisting Birchfield manage the national litigation consisting of over 25,000 individual claimants.
Throughout the Xarelto litigation, Joseph was instrumental in deposing multiple key defense expert and corporate witnesses, discovery and workup of multiple bellwether cases, and serving as a trial team member in five bellwether trials in the MDL and the corresponding state court litigation in Pennsylvania. After completion of the bellwether phase, Joseph spearheaded the process of planning, organizing, and overseeing remand discovery for 1,200 cases. Joseph then played a key role in negotiation and administration of the $775-million global settlement of the Xarelto litigation.
Joseph has also been named by The National Trial Lawyers to the Alabama Top 40 Under 40 List, and was recognized by his law partners as the 2018 Mass Torts Section Lawyer of the Year. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section, and the Montgomery County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.