Lori G. Kier handles complex cases on behalf of individuals, victims of sexual misconduct, consumers, small businesses and employees. Ms. Kier represents or has represented victims of sexual abuse across the country including former students of University of Michigan, the Ohio State University, and Glen Mill Schools, as well as patients who were treated at Huntington Memorial Hospital and victims of sexual abuse by the Boy Scouts of America and various Catholic Archdioceses. She has also been appointed to serve on the Plaintiff Steering Committee in the matter of Allergan BIOCELL Textured Breast Implant Products Liability Litigation, No. 2:19-md-02921, MDL No. 2921 (D.N.J.).
Ms. Kier has worked on the following matters:
Jackson v.Viking Group, Inc., (D. Md.) (class action settlement on behalf of purchasers of defective fire sprinklers with benefits valued at between $30.45 million and $50.75 million). In re: USC Student Health Center Litig., (C.D. Cal) ($215 million class action settlement on behalf of female sex abuse survivors who were patients of a university gynecologist). In re: Hyundai and Kia Engine Litig., (C.D. Cal.) (preliminary approval granted to a settlement covering approximately 4 million class vehicles and a settlement valued at over $800 million). An individual claim against Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for childhood sexual abuse. Several individual claims against Rockefeller University Hospital for childhood sexual abuse by a pediatric endocrinologist. Ms. Kier has a broad litigation background, with nearly 25 years of service as senior attorney at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Philadelphia. At the EPA, Ms. Kier developed and prosecuted enforcement cases (administrative and judicial) under multiple state and federal environmental statutes, including all aspects of litigation. She led various teams in developing enforcement initiatives, especially in the area of municipal and industrial stormwater. Statutory areas covered included: Clean Water Act, Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act National Historic Preservation Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act. While at EPA, Ms. Kier received numerous awards for her work, including an EPA Bronze Medal for the Revised Total Coliform Rule in Pennsylvania and Virginia; a Federal Executive Board Gold Medal for Scientific Achievement as part of a Perfluorinated Chemicals Investigation Team; and a US. Department of Justice Commendation Certificate for support of a Clean Water Act case against a steel manufacturer.
Prior to her time at EPA, Ms. Kier served as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and a Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Fred I. Parker (D.Vt.). Ms. Kier has a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she participated in the Environmental Law Society and various clinical programs. She attended Middlebury College in Vermont for an undergraduate degree, where she majored in Philosophy and participated in Student Government, Amnesty International, Ski Club, and the Speech and Debate teams.
As an active participant in her local community, Ms. Kier is a member of the Board of Trustees at her local library, a Committeeperson for her County political party, and a former member of the East Goshen Township Zoning Hearing Board and Planning Commission. She has also served as a mock trial coach for two local high schools; as a judge for high school, college and law school mock trial and moot court competitions; and she currently tutors English Language Learners. In her spare time, Ms. Kier enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and biking with her family, which includes her husband two young adult daughters, and a yellow lab named Ranger.