Before opening a nationwide law practice, Carolyn St. Clair attended the University of Texas School of Nursing at Houston, then began her career as a registered nurse at The Texas Medical Center assisting famed heart surgeons, Dr. Denton Cooley and Dr. Michael DeBakey. The second phase of her career began after her graduation from The South Texas College of Law as a briefing attorney for the Texas Supreme Court.
Ms. St. Clair specialized in medical law, including, personal injury, wrongful death and product liability. Carolyn has taken lead roles in multiple high profile lawsuits, including, Transvaginal Mesh, Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella and Ortho Evra Birth Control, Avandia, Hip Implant Recalls, Seroquel and Trasylol litigation. Other major roles include the mismatched heart-lung transplant of young Jessica Santillan (featured on Sixty Minutes), and the elevator decapitation of highly accomplished medical doctor, Hitoshi Nikaidoh. Both cases resulted in change to industry standards and charitable causes were established in memory of the deceased victims in the effort to avoid future harm to other individuals.
Licensed in New York and Texas, Carolyn has enhanced her medical and legal education and work experience with certifications in other disciplines, including, Harvard Law School mediation, arbitration and negotiation. Carolyn St. Clair’s briefing attorney experience at the Texas Supreme Court has served an essential role in litigating cases involving mass tort, medical device failure, implants and pharmaceutical product defects, auto, boat, motorcycle and railroad crossing accidents, class actions, toxic torts, multi-district litigation, oil rig, construction and amusement park accidents, forklift roll-overs, all terrain vehicle rollovers, doctor, chiropractor, nurse, hospital and nursing homes, sexual assaults, battery, false imprisonments and suicides, denial of health insurance and denial of social security benefits, mental incapacity disputes, mental health commitments, guardianship and probate matters.
Her medical background at the Texas Medical Center has been critically utilized in cases involving transvaginal mesh, recalled drugs, heart failure, spinal cord injuries, closed and open head injuries, comatose victims, strokes, deep venous thrombosis, clots, burns, amputations, electrocutions, drownings, explosions, birthing injuries, herniated disks, comas, blindness, hearing and nerve impairment, connective tissue diseases, kidney, liver and lung disease, heart disease, defects and transplants, congenital defects, fractures, soft tissue injuries, cancer and deaths.
Carolyn was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Texas Health Science Center at the Denton Cooley, MD Center at the Texas Medical Center in June 2013. She is a member of the Top 100 National Trial Lawyers, American Association for Justice, Lifetime Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, Women En Masse Torts, New York Bar Association and held a variety of board positions, served on committees and contributed to the Melvin Belli Society, Baylor College of Medicine Partnership, Rose Ribbon Cancer Reconstruction Foundation, Michael Bolton Women and Children at Risk Project, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, End Hunger, Houston Livestock and Rodeo and her pet project, Citizens for Animal Protection.