Seeger Weiss LLP is proud to announce that six of the firm’s partners — Chris Seeger, Stephen Weiss, David Buchanan, Shauna Itri, Matt Pawa, and Jennifer Scullion — were chosen by Lawdragon for its 2023 500 Leading Lawyers in America list. According to Lawdragon, this year’s group “made their impact as never before in the year just passed.”
Co-founding partner Chris Seeger has appeared on the 500 Leading Lawyers in America list every year since 2007 and was named a “Lawdragon Legend” in 2016. Chris received the most multidistrict litigation (MDL) appointments of any lawyer between 2016 and 2019 according to a 2020 ALM study. Chris has been appointed to leadership roles in many of the most significant MDL cases, including the National Prescription Opiate Litigation, 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation, and Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Fraud litigation.
Selected by Lawdragon for the fifth year running, co-founding partner Stephen Weiss chairs the firm’s qui tam/whistleblower practice, representing relators in some of the nation’s largest and most notable cases. With concentration in the areas of health care and tax fraud, Stephen has represented relators in 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.
Senior partner David Buchanan represents individual and corporate plaintiffs in complex, high-stakes products liability and commercial matters that are generally destined for trial. Recognized for his skill and experience litigating cases from inception through trial and appeal, Dave has been selected for leadership and liaison counsel appointments in many national, bet-the-company cases. Dave currently co-chairs the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the 3M earplug litigation, and recently served as trial counsel for veterans Ronald Sloan and William Wayman in a bellwether trial in that MDL that resulted in a $110 million verdict for the plaintiffs.
For over a decade, partner Shauna Itri has led litigation teams in complex fraud cases in both state and federal courts. Her practice is focused on representing plaintiffs in various settings, including class action securities and consumer matters and under whistleblower laws. Shauna served as part of the “Clean Diesel” Fraud litigation team working on lawsuits brought against car manufacturers for allegedly disguising the actual emissions levels of their diesel engine cars and has litigated multiple whistleblower cases to government intervention and settlement.
A pioneer of environmental litigation, Matt Pawa has been involved in many of the nation’s most important environmental cases for over 25 years. His 13-year lawsuit against more than a dozen oil companies for polluting New Hampshire groundwater resulted in the largest verdict in state history and Matt’s recognition as a 2013 Massachusetts Lawyer of the Year. His groundbreaking work with a group of eight state attorneys general and the City of New York in taking on the nation’s largest coal-burning electric utilities launched the first climate change tort case in 2004. Matt was also appointed to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) products liability litigation.
For over 20 years, Jennifer 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, Jennifer is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, Settlement Committee, Manufacturers’ Committee, and Law & Briefing Committee in the National Prescription Opiate multidistrict litigation prosecuting RICO, public nuisance and related claims on behalf of local governments. She has been part of the team that negotiated nearly $50 billion in settlements with opioid distributors, manufacturers, and pharmacies.
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 of top verdicts and settlements, peer recognition, and interviews with lawyers throughout the country. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.