Asa R. Danes Associate

Asa represents clients in complex litigation in state and federal courts across the country, with a focus on mass torts and class actions involving pharmaceutical drug injury, medical device liability, consumer protection claims, RICO, antitrust violations and investment fraud. His practice also includes representing whistleblowers (“relators”) in government investigations and qui tam litigation on behalf of federal, state, and local governments, recovering funds lost to fraud. Of note, he has pursued whistleblower claims involving tax fraud under the New York False Claims Act and before the federal IRS Whistleblower Office.

Asa has significant experience managing discovery of electronically stored information. He has worked with a variety of vendors to design discovery databases and develop custom filtering and search tools for multiple large-scale e-discovery projects.

Prior to joining Seeger Weiss in 2010, Asa was an attorney at Paul Hastings LLP in New York, where his focus included mergers and acquisitions, fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, regulatory enforcement, white collar criminal investigations, securities and shareholder litigation, intellectual property disputes, and other commercial litigation.

After law school, Asa served as a law clerk to the Honorable James T. Trimble, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Asa represents clients in complex litigation in state and federal courts across the country, with a focus on mass torts and class actions involving pharmaceutical drug injury, medical device liability, consumer protection claims, RICO, antitrust violations and investment fraud. His practice also includes representing whistleblowers (“relators”) in government investigations and qui tam litigation on behalf of federal, state, and local governments, recovering funds lost to fraud. Of note, he has pursued whistleblower claims involving tax fraud under the New York False Claims Act and before the federal IRS Whistleblower Office.

Asa has significant experience managing discovery of electronically stored information. He has worked with a variety of vendors to design discovery databases and develop custom filtering and search tools for multiple large-scale e-discovery projects.

Prior to joining Seeger Weiss in 2010, Asa was an attorney at Paul Hastings LLP in New York, where his focus included mergers and acquisitions, fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, regulatory enforcement, white collar criminal investigations, securities and shareholder litigation, intellectual property disputes, and other commercial litigation.

After law school, Asa served as a law clerk to the Honorable James T. Trimble, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

  • In re Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2545 (N.D. Ill.). Represent individuals injured by prescription testosterone medication, including those suffering heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Member of MDL Plaintiffs’ Discovery Committee and the trial teams for the first two bellwether trials against AbbVie Inc. and Abbott Laboratories, resulting in punitive damage verdicts of $150 million in July 2017 and $140 million in October 2017 for claims involving fraudulent marketing of AndroGel. Principal drafter and editor of numerous briefs in the trial court.

 

  • In re DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2197 (N.D. Ohio); In re DePuy ASR Hip Implants Litigation, MCL Case No. 293 (N.J. Super. Ct. Law Div.)(pro hac vice). Represented individuals injured by the ASR brand hip replacement implant, including those suffering build-up of metal debris in the soft tissue of the body, resulting in an almost $3 billion settlement in November 2013 with Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Coordinated with co-counsel in the federal MDL and other jurisdictions, including the statewide coordinated proceedings in California and New Jersey. Engaged in extensive discovery and trial preparation efforts that were instrumental in developing case strategy, trial themes and settlement. Member of bellwether trial team in the New Jersey litigation engaged in extensive trial preparation in a multiple plaintiff trial that was resolved through settlement shortly before trial.

 

  • In re DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2244 (N.D. Tex.). Represent individuals injured by the Pinnacle brand hip replacement implant, including those suffering build-up of metal debris in the soft tissue of the body, against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

 

  • In re Accutane Litigation, MCL Case No. 271 (N.J. Super. Ct. Law Div.)(pro hac vice). Represent individuals injured by the Accutane brand acne medicine, including those suffering Inflammatory Bowel Disease such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, against Hoffman La-Roche, Inc. Engage in discovery efforts, including taking and defending depositions across the country.

 

  • In re Tribune Co. Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation, MDL No. 2296 (S.D.N.Y.). Represented former shareholders of the Tribune Company against fraudulent conveyance claims relating to the leveraged buyout of Tribune in 2007.

 

  • United States ex rel. Kolchinsky v. Moody’s Corp., No. 12 CV 1399 (S.D.N.Y.). Represent former Managing Director at Moody’s, alleging false claims in connection with the rating agency’s role in the subprime mortgage credit crisis.

 

  • People ex rel. Tharwani v. Ramchandani, Index No. 103744/2012 (N.Y. Sup. Ct.). Represented the whistleblower in the first case settled under the 2010 amendments to the New York False Claims Act, permitting a whistleblower award for tax fraud, which resulted in the recovery of $5.5 million by the State of New York in connection with a tax evasion scheme by “tailor to the stars” Mohanbhai “Mohan” Ramchandani and his company, Mohan’s Custom Tailors, Inc.

 

  • In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon,” MDL No. 2179 (E.D. La.). Represented individuals and companies suffering personal injuries and property damage caused by the 2010 Transocean Ltd. oil rig explosion off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bar Admissions

New York
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the Western District of Tennessee.

Education

Brooklyn Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2001
Editor, Brooklyn Journal of International Law
Oberlin College, B.A., 1994

Pro Bono

Served as pro bono counsel with Kids in Need of Defense (“KIND”), representing children seeking asylum in immigration proceedings.

adanes@seegerweiss.com

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