Danielle Ward Mason, who joined Beasley Allen in 2009, works in the firm’s Mass Torts Section. Her work involves the investigating of claims relating to dangerous drugs and medical devices. Danielle is currently handling cases involving the drug Reglan, which is associated with the development of uncontrolled muscle movements, a condition known as Tardive Dyskinesia.
Danielle also is working on claims related to transvaginal mesh (TVM), also known as a bladder sling. Transvaginal mesh is used to repair conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The mesh is used to shore up pelvic organs that have become displaced due to age, childbirth, hysterectomy or obesity. Our firm’s TVM team is reviewing cases involving transvaginal mesh manufactured by American Medical Systems, Bard, Boston Scientific, Caldera, and Johnson & Johnson.
Prior to joining the TVM litigation, Danielle was part of the Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) litigation team. She was part of the trial team that secured a $72.6 million verdict on behalf of three Plaintiffs in Philadelphia who took HRT drugs and later developed breast cancer. Danielle also handled cases involving Kugel Mesh, an abdominal hernia repair product manufactured by Davol, Inc. The mesh was recalled in 2005 and 2007 due to defects including breakage of the wire ring along the outer edge of the mesh product that caused bowel perforation and other serious abdominal injuries.
In July, Danielle was named to Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot list, which recognizes early- to mid-career lawyers excelling in the legal profession. She also was featured on “The List,” in RSVP magazine for July/August 2014, which profiles successful young professionals. Danielle was named to the 2014 Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list, which recognizes the top up-and-coming lawyers – those who are 40 or younger, or who have been practicing 10 years or less. Super Lawyers is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Danielle is currently serving as a lawyer coordinator in the Middle District of Alabama’s new Pro Se Litigants program. In that program, she provides pro bono volunteer service to Plaintiffs who represent themselves in civil matters. Recently, Danielle was appointed to represent a Plaintiff in the program’s first mediation proceedings, which resulted in a settlement for the Plaintiff. She was recognized by Magistrate Judge Terry F. Moorer for her outstanding service to the client in that case and to the bar.
Danielle graduated cum laude from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in 2007. While at Jones Law School, Danielle was a member of the trial advocacy team and competed in the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition in the National Semi-Finals in 2007. She was Senior Editor of the Jones Law Review, was on the Dean’s List, and was selected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Danielle holds several leadership positions in bar organizations throughout the state. She was recently inducted as the President-Elect of the Alabama Lawyers Association, which is the largest and oldest minority bar in Alabama. She also serves as a board member and coordinator for the ALA Student Internship Summer program. She is also a member of the Alabama State Bar, the American Association for Justice, the Alabama Association for Justice and Young Lawyers.
Danielle currently serves on the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation Junior Board of Directors, the Montgomery County Association for Justice Board of Directors, and the AAJ Editorial Board, is Parliamentarian for the Capital City Bar Association, and the Secretary of the Montgomery County Association for Justice. Danielle is married to Dwan R. Mason, and they have two sons, Jordan, 17, and Jaxon, 7. We are most fortunate to have Danielle in the firm. She is a very hard worker and is totally dedicated to serving her clients and protecting their interests.
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