Lawdragon Names Nine Seeger Weiss Partners to 500 Plaintiff Financial Lawyers List

Seeger Weiss is proud to announce that Lawdragon recognized nine partners — Chris Seeger, Stephen Weiss, David Buchanan, Shauna Itri, Jennifer Scullion, Chris Ayers, Ben Barnett, Parvin Aminolroaya, and Steve Daroci — on the 2024 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers list. This guide, first published in 2007 by Lawdragon Inc., presents Lawdragon’s opinion of “the […]

May 24, 2024

Seeger Weiss is proud to announce that Lawdragon recognized nine partners — Chris Seeger, Stephen Weiss, David Buchanan, Shauna Itri, Jennifer Scullion, Chris Ayers, Ben Barnett, Parvin Aminolroaya, and Steve Daroci — on the 2024 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers list. This guide, first published in 2007 by Lawdragon Inc., presents Lawdragon’s opinion of “the best of the U.S. plaintiff bar who specialize in representing individual investors and shareholders, as well as businesses and other organizations harmed by corporate misconduct or other failures.” Lawdragon’s selection methodology is based on a combination of objective criteria, including research on top verdicts and settlements, peer recognition, and interviews with lawyers throughout the country.

Chris Seeger, co-founding partner of Seeger Weiss, has consistently appeared on the 500 Leading Lawyers in America list since 2007 and was named a “Lawdragon Legend” in 2016. In recent years, Seeger has led some of the most complex, groundbreaking, and high-profile litigations in the U.S., including a $1.075 billion personal injury settlement and $25 million medical monitoring settlement in the Philips CPAP, Bi-Level PAP, and Mechanical Ventilator Litigation, a $6 billion settlement in the 3M Combat Arms Earplug Litigation, and over $50 billion in settlements through the National Prescription Opioid Litigation.

Stephen Weiss, co-founding partner of Seeger Weiss, chairs the firm’s qui tam/whistleblower practice and has represented relators in some of the nation’s largest and most notable recoveries under the federal and state false claims acts, with a concentration in the areas of health care and tax fraud. He has won cases against CareCore National, Warner Chilcott, and Life Spine, Inc., and led the first settlement ever reached under the 2010 tax whistleblower amendments to New York’s False Claims Act. In March 2023, The Department of Justice reached a $10 million settlement in a major False Claims Act case against Stimwave. Steve played a key role in shedding light on Stimwave’s fraudulent scheme and bringing the company’s former CEO to justice.

Senior partner Dave Buchanan represents individual and corporate plaintiffs in state and federal courts nationwide. Dave was recently appointed as co-lead counsel for the Self-Funded Payer Track in the Insulin Pricing Litigation. He has also served on the plaintiffs’ steering committee in the 3M Combat Arms Earplug Litigation, the largest mass tort in American history, the plaintiffs’ executive committee in the NFL Concussion Litigation, and was co-chair of discovery as well as lead counsel in several bellwether trials in the Vioxx Litigation.

For over a decade, partner Shauna Itri has led litigation teams in complex fraud cases in both state and federal courts. Her practice focuses on representing plaintiffs in various settings, including class action securities and consumer matters under whistleblower laws. Shauna played an integral role in the Philips CPAP, Bi-Level PAP that recently settled for $1.075 billion, as well as works on the Mechanical Ventilator Litigation, assisting with the discovery process. She also has extensive experience representing whistleblowers in False Claims Act lawsuits and tax and securities whistleblowers with claims under the IRS and SEC whistleblower programs.

For over twenty years, Jen Scullion has led complex litigations, arbitrations, and appeals for U.S. and multinational clients in a wide array of areas, including antitrust, consumer fraud, communications, civil rights, and international bondholder disputes. Currently, Jen is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, Settlement Committee, Manufacturers’ Committee, and Law & Briefing Committee in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation, multidistrict litigation prosecuting RICO, public nuisance, and related claims on behalf of local governments and co-lead counsel for negotiation class.

Chris Ayers is a highly skilled and experienced partner who represents both individual and corporate plaintiffs in state and federal courts nationwide. Widely recognized for his expertise in e-discovery and preservation of electronically stored information (ESI), he has served as the designated ESI counsel for plaintiffs in numerous high-profile cases, including the Intel Corp. CPU Litigation, Bledsoe et al v. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC et alia, and Gamboa et alia v. Ford Motor Company et alia. Additionally, Chris plays critical roles in the In re: Social Media Adolescent Addiction/Personal Injury Products Liability Litigation, Mercedes-Benz Emissions Litigation, and represents the estate and family of Henrietta Lacks, which was recently allowed to move forward to trial against Ultragenyx for its unjust profiting from her stolen cells.

Benjamin R. Barnett is one of Seeger Weiss LLP’s newest partners. Before joining Seeger Weiss’ Pennsylvania office, Ben spent the last twenty years at Dechert LLP, a global Am Law 100 firm with domestic and international clients, where he focused on data and eDiscovery issues associated with high-stakes litigations and corporate investigations, including Takata Airbag Litigation and the Vioxx Litigation. At Seeger Weiss, he has been involved with eDiscovery matters on complex cases, including the Social Media Adolescent Addiction/Personal Injury Litigation and the recently settled Philips Recalled CPAP, Bi-Pap, and Mechanical Ventilator Litigation. His creative solutions, intelligent management, and results-driven mindset have fundamentally changed how both defendants and plaintiffs approach eDiscovery.

Partner Parvin Aminolroaya, who was recently appointed co-lead counsel in the Glucagon-like Peptide-1 Receptor Agonists Litigation, joined Seeger Weiss in 2008 and has proved her value as a skilled litigator, helping lead some of the most significant and complex mass tort and class action cases. Notably, she served as co-lead counsel in the Elmiron (Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium) Litigation, which brought compensation and justice to women for their injuries using the product, as well as serving pivotal roles in the National Prescription Opiate Litigation and the 3M Combat Arms Earplug Lawsuit.

Seeger Weiss partner Steve Daroci is a seasoned litigator known for his expertise across various cases. His impactful presence in high-profile MDLs, such as the ongoing In re: Insulin Pricing Litigation, underscores his skill, expertise, and commitment to representing injured plaintiffs. Steve was a key player in the In re: Elmiron (Pentosan Polysulfate Sodium) Products Liability Litigation, and represents a class of drivers in a federal class action against General Motors who allege GM hid defects in its trucks and SUVs. Since joining Seeger Weiss in 2022, Steve has risen swiftly through the ranks and was promoted to partner in 2024.

Lawdragon’s selection is a time-honored methodology performed through independent journalistic research and submissions. Decisions are carefully made based on factors including research of top verdicts and settlements, peer recognition, and interviews with lawyers nationwide. The selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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