Catherine Hilliard appointed to the Elmiron Product Legal responsibility Litigation Plaintiff Steering Committee
The Elmiron lawsuit seeks to blame Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals for failing to warn the public that taking the prescription drug Elmiron could lead to a serious eye condition called maculopathy. Since 1996, Elmiron has been prescribed to millions of consumers for the treatment of a painful bladder disease known as interstitial cystitis (IC). However, there is evidence that taking Elmiron leads to unknown complications such as blurred vision, dark spots, difficulty concentrating, and even blindness.
On January 22, 2012 the honorable Brian R. Martinotti, United States District Judge for The United States District Court, District New Jersey named the plaintiff’s governing committee and selected Ms. Hilliard as one of a handful of highly qualified legal counsel to move the litigation forward in an “efficient and fair manner”.
Ms. Hilliard commented, “As I am making my first PSC appointment, I am grateful to Judge Martinotti for the opportunity to help conduct this important litigation. The leadership board is refreshingly diverse and, as a Hispanic woman, the movement encourages me to offer wider access MDL leadership opportunities. Elmiron is defective and inappropriately dangerous, causing permanent vision loss for thousands of consumers. I look forward to working with the leadership team to aggressively pursue this litigation. ”
Ms. Hilliard has an extensive background as a top litigation attorney. After graduating from St. Mary’s Law School in 1999, she worked as a litigation defense attorney for ten years and became the first female Spanish partner in one of the largest litigation defense firms in South texas At the age of 30, she later became the first partner in the internationally recognized law firm Hillard Martinez Gonzales LLP.
Mrs Hilliard is also Commissioner for the Port of Body of Christ, only the fifth woman in this role in her 100-year history. She is co-chair of the Board of Trustees for St. Edward’s University in the Austin, Texas and a member of the St. Mary’s University School of Law Board of Visitors. Ms. Hilliard is actively involved in her community and is a board member of several local organizations. Not only has Ms. Hilliard had a busy legal career and juggling her extensive civic engagement, she also spends a lot of time running a very active household with seven children.
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Hilliard Martinez Gonzales LLP (HMG) specializes in mass crimes, personal injury, product liability, trade and business disputes, and deaths. HMG has been successfully representing clients in the USA and Mexico since 1986. Our experienced, persistent legal team has built a national and international reputation for taking over large, powerful, and wealthy corporations and bringing them to justice for causing personal injury or death. Bob Hilliard received the largest judgment in the country and the first in Texas in 2012.
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