Meshbesher & Spence
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Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Genevieve Zimmerman presently serves as court appointed Co-Lead Counsel for plaintiffs in MDL 2666: In re Bair Hugger Products Liability Litigation. Genevieve was trial counsel in the first bellwether trial, and is currently preparing for the second bellwether trial set for December 2018. The Bair Hugger MDL includes claims brought by patients who allege the Bair Hugger patient warming system caused deep joint infections following total hip and total knee replacement surgeries.
Genevieve is also Co-Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs in MDL 2775: In re Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Products Liability pending in the District of Maryland. The MDL includes claims brought on behalf of patients who required revision surgery as a result of defective BHR products, including the resurfacing hips, the recalled R3 metal liners, and/or one or more of these recalled implants used in various combinations. Plaintiffs have successfully defeated a motion to dismiss based on preemption, and are currently preparing for trial in March 2020.
Additionally, in November of 2016, Genevieve was one of fourteen lawyers appointed by Judge Englehardt to MDL 2740, In re Taxotere, which includes claims brought by women who have suffered permanent baldness as a result of the use of Taxotere.
Since 2013, Genevieve has served as a court appointed member of the Plaintiffs’ Lead Counsel Committee for MDL 2441: In re Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, and is also one of four attorneys appointed to the Settlement Committee for the Stryker MDL, which helped to negotiate a settlement in excess of $1.43 billion (in November 2014) as well as a second round of settlements announced in December of 2016. She was court appointed to the PSC for the Biomet MDL in the Northern District of Louisiana, and helps patients suffering from hips made by Smith & Nephew, DePuy, Wright/MicroPort, and Zimmer.
Genevieve’s past work includes helping heart defibrillator patients after a Guidant recall in 2006. She represented patients who suffered serious injuries and death following use of the recalled prescription drug Vioxx. She has assisted hundreds of clients in obtaining settlements for defective products including Yaz, transvaginal mesh, hernia mesh, Actos, to name a few.
During 2007-2009, Genevieve spent nearly 75% of her time providing pro bono legal services to the survivors and families who lost loved ones as a result of the I-35W Bridge Collapse. The consortium was successful in obtaining recoveries exceeding $75 million.
Genevieve serves the community through ongoing pro bono work where she has represented victims of domestic violence seeking to obtain court orders for protection, immigrants seeking to update immigration documents, and high school students seeking protection of their first amendment rights to equal access to school facilities. Genevieve is currently the Secretary for the Minnesota Association for Justice, having served on the Board of Governors since 2009, and was proud to receive the “Member of the Year” award in 2012. She is a member of the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice. Genevieve is rated by SuperLawyers as a Super Lawyer.
On a personal note, Genevieve volunteers and raises money for scholarship funds for her alma mater, St. Paul Central High School. She also serves as a volunteer coach for the Minnesota Youth Ski League (in winters when we have snow!). In whatever free time she has left, she enjoys recreational marathons, teaching her kids how to swing a hammer, shovel class five, and cheer for her MN sports teams.
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BAR ADMISSIONS Supreme Court of Minnesota Supreme Court of North Dakota Supreme Court of Wisconsin U.S. Court of Appeals: 8th Circuit U.S. District Court: District of Minnesota, District of North Dakota
J.D., Hamline University School of Law B.A., Macalester College
Practice Areas Bair Hugger® Lawsuits Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals & Products