Leigh O’Dell has been selected to The National Trial Lawyers’ Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25. This is an invitation-only professional organization composed of and limited to the Top 25 attorneys from each state or region who serve individuals and families who need attorneys to represent them in the American legal system regarding Mass Tort claims. Members of the Mass Tort Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25 exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence and performance in their area of specialty.
Leigh practices in the firm’s Mass Torts section. She is serving as co-lead counsel for consolidated multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New Jersey federal court concerning talcum powder’s link to ovarian cancer. It is estimated that 14,000 women die from talc-related ovarian cancer each year. One medical expert calculates that this use of talcum powder leads to nearly 10 percent of the new ovarian cancer cases reported annually. The lawsuits allege defendant Johnson & Johnson is liable for personal injuries or wrongful deaths that resulted from ovarian or uterine cancer in women who used the company’s talc products for feminine hygiene. More than 70 cases are pending in the MDL.
Leigh has been selected for inclusion on the Best Lawyers in America list since 2011 and was included in the 2017 Super Lawyers list. In 2013 and 2017, Leigh was selected as Beasley Allen’s Mass Torts Section Lawyer of the Year. In 2014, Leigh was named Beasley Allen Litigator of the Year. The Litigator of the Year award is presented to the attorney or attorneys who demonstrate exceptional professional skill throughout the course of the year.
In 2015, Leigh was selected as the recipient of the Chad Stewart Award. This honor was created in memory of Beasley Allen lawyer Chad Stewart, who passed away unexpectedly in April at the very young age of 41. In addition to being a dedicated lawyer who worked hard for his clients, Chad truly modeled Christ in his daily walk. The Chad Stewart Award was created to recognize an attorney who best exemplified Chad’s spirit of service to God, his family and the practice of law in the service of “helping those who need it most.”