Before joining our firm, Frank Woodson was a partner in the general litigation firm of Turner, Onderdonk, Kimbrough & Howell in Mobile, Alabama, where his practice focused on litigation, both Plaintiff and Defense. Examples of the type of Plaintiff’s litigation he handled included: consumer fraud cases against car dealers, finance fraud involving door-to-door sales, personal injury litigation and obtaining landowners’ just compensation when their property was taken in eminent domain proceedings.
Frank joined our firm in 2001, and his practice now focuses on Mass Torts related to pharmaceuticals. He brings seventeen years of litigation experience to the Mass Torts Section. Frank is heavily involved in the firm’s COX-2 drug litigation. He spoke at the “Mass Torts Made Perfect” seminar in New York City; and the ATLA teleseminar entitled, “Pain Killers and the FDA”; and another Vioxx seminar in Jackson, Mississippi. In addition, he prepared video deposition cuts for several Vioxx trials as well as other aspects of a Vioxx MDL trial package. Frank was recently appointed to the Plaintiff Steering Committee for the Bextra/Celebrex MDL in San Francisco. He also served as the Vice Chairman of the sales and marketing committee for the Vioxx MDL in New Orleans.
Frank was responsible for preparing the firm’s first Rezulin case for trial that helped generate the first group settlement of Rezulin cases in the country. In the Spring of 2002 he was also involved in the additional group settlements of the firm’s Rezulin cases in the Fall of 2002 and the Spring of 2003, culminating in all the firm’s Rezulin cases being resolved in 2004. The amounts of the Rezulin settlements are all confidential.
As a part of the section’s Baycol team, Frank was a frequent speaker on this litigation, having spoken at the 2002 ATLA Convention in Atlanta, the Baycol “Hot Doc’s” Seminar in Phoenix and on the first live Internet seminar broadcast live for Plaintiffs attorneys held in Newark, New Jersey. Frank was responsible for taking several key depositions in this national litigation. He has worked on the settlement of some of the firm’s Baycol cases resulting in settlements in excess of $70 million.
Frank has enrolled all Propulsid claims in the MDL settlement program. Frank has filed a lawsuit alleging Neurontin caused the client to commit suicide and is investigating claims involving Plavix and drugs that cause Stevens Johnson Syndrome(SJS), having resolved claims for clients who were blinded by SJS. He has been instrumental in resolving other pharmaceutical litigation on a confidential basis, which were not mass torts.
Frank is a former president of Mobile County Young Lawyers and was also a member of Mobile County Bar Association Executive Committee and the State of Alabama Young Lawyers Committee. In addition, he serves as a Trustee on the Executive Committee of the Alabama Association for Justice. Frank is the author of “Pharmaceutical Drug Litigation – An Overview” and “The Bayer Criminal Convictions.”
Frank is married to the former Marti Glaze of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and they have four children. They are active members of Frazer United Methodist Church, where Frank serves on the Board of Stewards. To say that Frank is an avid fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide is a gross understatement. Even our Auburn lawyers have to admit we are blessed to have Frank with the firm.
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