Poorad Razavi

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
2925 PGA Boulevard, Suite 200
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
(877) 515 7955
www.cohenmilstein.com


Practice Areas:
Catastrophic Injury & Wrongful Death
Complex Tort Litigation
Environmental Toxic Torts
Unsafe & Defective Products

Admissions:
California
Florida

Education:
University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D. , 2005
Indiana University, B.S., 2002

Poorad Razavi is an Of Counsel at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Complex Tort Litigation practice group. Mr. Razavi’s practice focuses on products liability, vehicle defects, roadway design and maintenance defects, trucking and car accidents, chemical exposure, negligent security, and multi-million dollar wrongful death and catastrophic injury suits.

Mr. Razavi has represented clients in state and federal courts across the nation, including in Florida, California, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, New York, Nevada, Michigan, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He has litigated claims against all of the major insurance carriers, as well as automobile, tire, and component part manufacturers, including General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Chrysler, Takata, and Continental, as well as highway guardrail manufacturers, installers and other contractors. Mr. Razavi has also handled a broad range of non-traditional personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout the country, including claims involving chemical and pesticide exposure, chlorine gas exposure, mold exposure, construction defect, boating defect, negligent vehicle repairs, and negligent tractor-trailer operation.

What is particularly unique about Mr. Razavi’s experience is his background as a former civil litigation defense attorney and his perspective into the mindset of insurance companies and corporate defendants. This background gives him a unique understanding about how to maximize the value of a claim in order to ensure that clients receive maximum compensation for their injuries.

Mr. Razavi also has extensive experience in claims against the Department of Transportation and private state contractors for roadway design and defect claims. He has litigated multiple roadway design and maintenance defect claims resulting in multi-million dollar settlements and subsequent installation and remediation of guardrails, re-paving, curbing, and rehabilitation of roadways in multiple counties.

Currently, Mr. Razavi is litigating the following notable matters:

Bernardo, et al. v. Pfizer, Inc., et al. (S.D. Fla.): On February 20, 2020, Cohen Milstein filed a false advertising, medical monitoring, and personal injury class action against Pfizer, Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi, and other pharmaceutical companies on behalf of multiple plaintiffs and putative class members across the United States who, as a result of taking Zantac (ranitidine), may have been afflicted with cancer or may now be subject to an increased risk of developing cancer.
Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail Litigation (State Crt.: Tenn., S.C.): Cohen Milstein represents more than five families of decedents and victims of catastrophic injuries in a series of individual products liability, wrongful death and catastrophic injury lawsuits in Tennessee and South Carolina state courts against the Lindsay Corporation and several related entities for designing, manufacturing, selling, and installing defective, X-Lite guardrails on state roadways.
Ratha, et al. v. Phatthana Seafood Co. (C.D. Cal.): Cohen Milstein is representing seven Cambodian plaintiffs in a cross-border human rights lawsuit, involving human trafficking, forced labor, involuntary servitude, and peonage by factories in Thailand that produce shrimp and seafood for export to the United States.
Mr. Razavi has successfully litigated the following matters:

Saori Yamauchi, et al. v. Toyota Motor Corporation, et al. (Cir. Crt., Dutchess Cty., N.Y): Cohen Milstein and local New York co-counsel filed a product liability and personal injury complaint against Toyota Motor Corporation, Autoliv, and related entities on behalf of Saori Yamauchi. Mrs. Yamauchi sustained a catastrophic injury during an accident in her Toyota Sienna because of the vehicle’s airbag system deploying in a dangerous manner. The case is currently being litigated in the Supreme Court of the State of New York in Dutchess County.
Hand, et al. v. Scott, et al. (N.D. Fla.): Cohen Milstein and Fair Elections Legal Network, a national voting rights organization, achieved a major victory on behalf of former felons in Florida, who claimed their constitutional rights had been infringed by Florida’s Clemency Board. U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker ruled that the process by which Florida’s Clemency Board grants or denies former felons’ restoration of voting rights applications is unconstitutionally arbitrary and violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment right of free association and free expression, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment.
Quinteros, et al. v. DynCorp, et al. (D.D.C.): Cohen Milstein represented over 2,000 Ecuadorian farmers and their families who suffered physical injuries and property damage as a result of aerial spraying of toxic herbicides on or near their land by DynCorp, a U.S. government contractor. A bellwether trial on behalf of the first six Ecuadorian clients concluded in April 2017, when the ten-person jury unanimously determined that DynCorp was responsible for the conduct of the pilots with whom it had subcontracted to conduct the chemical spraying after April 2003. This resolution allowed for a successful case settlement.
Additionally, Mr. Razavi initiated the investigation and discovery of a major nation-wide vehicle airbag defect resulting in the filing of a subsequent class action against the world’s largest automobile manufacturers, in which he was selected to the Interim Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee.

Mr. Razavi is repeatedly selected as “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers and a “Legal Elite Up and Comer” by Florida Trend Magazine. Mr. Razavi is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Razavi is also a frequent writer and speaker. His articles have been published in Florida Justice Association’s Journal and focus on preservation of evidence in fighting against the automobile industry, as well as defective guardrail and roadway design. Annually, Mr. Razavi is a speaker at Florida Justice Association seminars, including “Identifying and Developing Roadway and Guardrail Defect Claims” at FJA’s Advanced Trial Skills seminars.

In addition to his private practice, Mr. Razavi proudly serves the legal and local community, holding several prominent Palm Beach County Bar Association roles, including being appointed Co-Chair for the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Annual Bench Bar Conference in 2016 and was an elected Board Member for the Palm Beach County Justice Association from 2015 through 2019.

Mr. Razavi graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in International Business and Business Economics. He received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and was a Merit Scholarship recipient.

CURRENT CASES

Bernardo, et al. v. Pfizer, Inc., et al.
Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail End Terminal Litigation: Beuttel and Davison
Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail End Terminal Litigation: Blankenship
Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail End Terminal Litigation: Byrd
Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail End Terminal Litigation: Eimers
Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail End Terminal Litigation: Moyer
Ratha v. Phatthana Seafood
Reed, et al. v. USA

RECENT SUCCESSES

DynCorp International - Ecuadorian Farmer Litigation
Hand v. Scott: Class Action to Restore Voting Rights of Former Criminal Offenders in Florida
Saori Yamauchi, et al. v. Toyota Motor Corporation, et al.
Staton v. Elite Auto Logistics, Inc.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Six Cohen Milstein Attorneys Recognized in 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers South Florida
Twelve Cohen Milstein Attorneys Recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
Cohen Milstein's Nicholas C. Johnson and Poorad Razavi Named to Florida Trend 2019 Legal Elite
“Environmental Group of the Year: Cohen Milstein,” Law360
Seven Cohen Milstein Attorneys Named to Palm Beach Illustrated 2018 “Top Lawyers” List
Eleven Cohen Milstein Attorneys Recognized in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
Florida Trend Recognizes Five Cohen Milstein Attorneys as 2018 Legal Elite
Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2016
Florida Trend Legal Elite Up and Comer, 2013-2014

PROFESSIONAL/COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

Elected Board Member for the Palm Beach County Justice Association, 2015-2019
Co-Chair for the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Annual Bench Bar Conference, 2016, 2017
Committee Chair for the Personal Injury section for the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Annual Bench Bar Conference, 2014, 2015
Committee Chair for the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Personal Injury/Wrongful Death CLE committee, 2015, 2016
Committee Member for the Judicial Relations Committee, 2015
Committee Chair for the Young Lawyer Division’s Judicial Relations committee, 2014, 2015

AFFILIATIONS

American Association for Justice
The American Bar Association
The California Bar
The Florida Bar
Florida Justice Association, Eagle Member
Miami-Dade County Bar Association
Palm Beach County Bar Association
Palm Beach County Justice Association

NEWS

“FDA Calls for Heartburn Drug Zantac to Be Pulled From Market Immediately,” CNN
“Evenflo, Maker of the “Big Kid” Booster Seat, Put Profits Over Child Safety,” ProPublica
Toyota to Recall 3.4 Million Vehicles Worldwide, Air Bags May Not Deploy in Crashes,” Reuters
“Guardrails Blamed for Deaths Removed by VDOT,” WAVY TV 10
“Maryland Senators Demand Answers on Guardrail Safety,” NBC Washington
Brief Filed in Florida Supreme Court Argues Payment of Costs and Fees Not Required for Voting Rights Restoration
“State to Replace Potentially Deadly Guardrail Ends in Michigan After Defenders Investigation,” ClickOnDetroit
“Metro Detroit Freeway Guardrails Linked to Driver Injuries, Deaths in Other States,” ClickOnDetroit
“Barrier Turned Into Spear: Families Question Deadly Accidents,” NBC San Diego
“Felons’ Rights Drive Gets Major Financial Boost,” News Herald
STATEMENT: Florida Executive Clemency Board Seeks to Appeal U.S. District Court Decision Rather Than Reform Voting Rights Restoration Process
“‘This Will Not Do,’ Federal Judge Says of Florida's Voter-Restoration Process,” Daily Business Review
Judge Walker Orders Florida Executive Clemency Board to Establish New Voting Rights Restoration Process
“Fla. Ordered to Revamp Felon Voter Restoration System,” Law360
“Cohen Milstein Joins Call For Fla. Ex-Felon Voting Rights,” Law360
“Guardrail Safety Concerns,” WPTV5
“Judge Strikes Down Florida's Felon Voter Restoration System,” Law360
“Florida Ban on Restoring Felons’ Voting Rights Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules,” Miami Herald
“Advocates for Ex-Felons Hail Ruling That Opens Door to Voting Rights Restoration,” Daily Business Review
Judge Rules Florida’s Voting Rights Restoration Scheme for Former Felons Unconstitutional, Remedy Not Immediately Ordered
“Broken Guardrail Pierces SUV, ‘Mutilates,’ Kills Woman; Husband Sues SCDOT, Guardrail Company,” WYFF-TV4
“New Lawsuits Claim Guardrail Design Flaws Led to Deaths,” WCNC-TV
“Florida's Scheme for Restoring Felons' Voting Rights Ruled Unconstitutional,” USA Today
“Florida Felons' Process for Restoration of Voting Rights is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules,” ABC 10 Local News
Lindsay Corporation Facing Two More Lawsuits as Death Toll Related to Defective Guardrails Rises
“Tennessee Dad Buys Pre-Super Bowl Ad in Palm Beach to Reach Trump,” The Palm Beach Post
“More Lawsuits Accuse Guardrail Manufacturers of Negligence,” Knoxville News Sentinel
“Maryland Pulls Guardrail Blamed for Fatalities From Approved Products List,” News4 NBC Washington
“Guardrails Designed to Protect Drivers May Be Unsafe,” NBC Nightly News
“Guardrail Blamed for Fatal Crashes Still on Roads in Maryland, Virginia,” NBC Washington News4
“Lawsuit Filed Against Maker of Defective Guardrail After Deadly 2016 McMinn County Crash,” WBIR
Seeking to Bring Attention to Safety Risk on Nation's Highways, Family of Teen Killed by Defective Guardrail Files Consumer Protection Lawsuit
“Family Says Defective Guardrail Killed Teen Daughter,” Law360
“Sister of Couple Killed in 2016 Crash: ‘Justice Wasn’t Applied,’” The Palm Beach Post
Families Demand Action as More Than Half of U.S. States Utilize Highway Guardrails That Pose Deadly Safety Risks to Motorists
“New Lawsuit Filed Against Manufacturer of Highway Guardrails,” NBC's TODAY Show
“Families Hit Guardrail Cos. With Wrongful Death Suits,” Law360
“Trial Starts April 3, 2017 in 15-year Old Human Rights Case, Quinteros v. Dyncorp,” International Rights Advocates
Lawsuit Against Governor Scott and Clemency Board Seeks to Restore Former Felons’ Voting Rights in Florida
“Contractor to Face Chemical-Spray Claims,” Courthouse News Service
“DynCorp Chem Spray Suit Given Second Wind,” Law360
“Ecuadoreans Press DC Circ. To Revive DynCorp Chemical Suit,” Law360
PUBLICATIONS
“Life is a Highway: Navigating Roadway-Derived Litigation,” ABA TortSource
“What’s in a Defect?” FJA Journal
“Guardians of the Rail: Who Is Monitoring Our Nation’s Guardrails?” FJA Journal
“WARNING! Spoiler Alert.” Florida Justice Association Journal
“Misrepresentations in an Insurance Application,” KD Quarterly
EVENTS
Cohen Milstein’s Poorad Razavi Invited to Speak at PBCJA’s Facebook LIVE CLE Event
Cohen Milstein’s Complex Tort Team Hosts Booster Seat Giveaway in West Palm Beach, FL
Cohen Milstein’s Poorad Razavi Invited to Moderate PBCJA Case Law Update CLE Seminar
Cohen Milstein’s Poorad Razavi Invited to Speak at Florida Justice Association’s Annual Workhorse Seminar
Cohen Milstein’s Leslie M. Kroeger and Poorad Razavi Speak at the Florida Justice Association’s 2017 Annual Masters of Justice Seminar
Cohen Milstein's Poorad Razavi Presents at Florida Justice Association's Advanced Trial Skills Seminar
Poorad Razavi Speaks to Students at the Florida Literary Coalition, 2015, 2016
Poorad Razavi Reviews Writing Submissions for the Florida Literacy Coalition's Essay Contest, 2015
Poorad Razavi Co-presents “10 Critical Blunders to Avoid in the Presuit Stage of a Product Liability Case” at PAF, 2015
Poorad Razavi Moderates the “Daubert” CLE course on behalf of the Palm Beach County Bar Association's Personal Injury Committee, 2015
Poorad Razavi Moderates a Young Lawyers Division Judicial Luncheon for the Florida Bar, 2015
Poorad Razavi Speaks on Panel at Florida Bar’s Practicing with Professionalism CLE Seminar, 2014, 2015
Poorad Razavi Presents a Grant Request at the Annual Affiliate Outreach Conference for the Florida Bar, 2015