Blackwell Burke P.A. attorney, Spiwe L. Jefferson, recently moderated a panel at the NAMWOLF 2020 Driving Diversity and Leadership Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The panel was focused on strategies and best practices in product recalls.
Panelists for the presentation included (from left to right) Elizabeth C. Rein from Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP, Spiwe Jefferson, Stephanie A. Douglas from Bush Seyferth PLLC, Katherine L. McDaniel from T-Mobile, and Sandra Rodriguez from Toyota Motor North America.
The panel discussion covered critical aspects of managing recalls, including addressing financial and reputational risks, navigating the applicable legal framework, dealing with regulators, resolving evidentiary issues, and employing best practices in defending the resulting claims and litigation.
“Whether in a highly regulated industry or not, recalls are often complex to plan and manage. An ideal strategy takes all aspects into account from logistics to corporate communications and the proactive development of a litigation and risk mitigation plan of defense,” said Jefferson, who has managed litigation and recalls both in the in-house and law firm environments.
The panelists brought their collective in-house and outside counsel experience to bear in a lively and engaging conversation with the attendees, handing out exemplars from past recalls.
About Spiwe Jefferson
Spiwe L. Jefferson serves as trial counsel in cases nationwide, defending major corporations in food safety, toxic tort, products liability, class actions, multi-district litigation, premises, and commercial disputes. Her equal balance of in-house and law firm experience provides an ideal perspective in defending her clients in state and federal courts nationwide.
She is recognized as one of America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators, America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, National Black Lawyers Top 100, and Diversity MBA Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders.
About Blackwell Burke P.A.
Blackwell Burke is a certified minority-owned trial firm that represents corporate clients in high stakes class actions, mass torts, MDLs and commercial litigation, both at trial and on appeal. The firm has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top litigation defense firms in the country by BTI, Chambers, Best Lawyers and others. Benchmark Litigation named Blackwell Burke the Minnesota Firm of the Year for the past four consecutive years.