Mr. Katz joined Burg Simpson in September 2005 after six years with the New York law firm of Seeger Weiss LLP, in which he was a partner. Mr. Katz focuses his practice primarily in the areas of complex, pharmaceutical mass tort, and class action litigation including consumer protection, securities fraud, environmental, intellectual property, products liability and commercial litigation. In addition to his varied professional experience, Mr. Katz is a frequent speaker on electronic discovery and pharmaceutical litigation. Additionally, Mr. Katz has spoken on New York state franchise law and class action litigation at the invitation of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association.
Mr. Katz’s current practice involves primarily class action litigation on behalf of aggrieved consumers, corporate shareholders, and property owners, and pharmaceutical mass tort litigation on behalf of those injured as a result of their ingestion of prescription medications and the implantation of medical devices. Mr. Katz was one of the lead attorneys who prosecuted the Zyprexa Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 1956) that resulted in a $700 million settlement, where he not only held a leadership role in conducting discovery but he also served as chair of the law and briefing committee. Mr. Katz is currently one of the lead attorneys prosecuting the In re Ortho Evra Products liability Litigation on behalf of women who suffered serious adverse events as a result of the use of the Patch, where he not only holds a leadership role in conducting discovery, but is also involved in the science and expert committee. At the 2006 American Association for Justice (AAJ) Annual Convention in Seattle, Mr. Katz was elected as Co-Chair of the Ortho Evra AJJ Litigation Group.
While Mr. Katz was at Seeger Weiss, he served as co-chair of the law and briefing committee in the In re Neurontin Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (MDL No. 1629), pending before the Hon. Patti Saris, in the District of Massachusetts. In 2004, Mr. Katz was one of the lawyers who tried a class action to jury verdict against Allstate Insurance Company due to its failure to fully compensate its policyholders in accordance with the terms of its policy in St. Clair County, Illinois. Mr. Katz represents or has represented those injured by Vioxx, Zyprexa, the Ortho Evra birth control patch, Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu contact lens solution, Zicam nasal gel, Bextra, Celebrex, Propulsid, Rezulin, Baycol, PPA, Ephedra, Trileptal and Guidant and Medtronic defibrillators as well as other drugs and devices.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Katz served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City. During his time as an Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Katz handled thousands of cases and successfully prosecuted both felonies and misdemeanors through jury verdict. Mr. Katz successfully tried cases ranging from DWI prosecutions to narcotics cases and assisted in the prosecution of homicide trials, including one against two members of the Latin Kings, one of New York City’s most violent gangs. In addition to trying cases, Mr. Katz conducted homicide investigations on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office leading to the arrest and conviction of some of New York City’s most serious criminals. In addition to his duties as a trial lawyer, Mr. Katz also volunteered to handle appellate matters for the District Attorney’s Office’s Appeals Division.
Prior to joining Seeger Weiss, Mr. Katz was an Associate at Loeb & Loeb LLP in New York City. There he represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and banking institutions to individuals in a wide variety of complex litigation and pre-litigation matters. Mr. Katz was part of a small group of lawyers that often performed internal investigations in order to design or modify corporate compliance policies on behalf of Loeb & Loeb’s clients. Mr. Katz was also part of Loeb & Loeb’s white collar criminal practice where he represented clients in a variety of different securities fraud and money laundering matters and he represented a Fortune 500 company in a governmental investigation of the allegedly illegal transfer of missile technology to China.
Mr. Katz’s representative cases include: Dacey v. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co, 263F.Supp.2d 706 (S.D.N.Y. 2003); Lester v. Percudani, 2003 WL 22132790 (Sept. 15, 2003 M.D. Pa.); Namer v. America Networks Int’l, 2001 WL 30663 (Jan. 12, 2001 S.D.N.Y.); Funrise Canada (HK) Ltd v. Zauder Bros., Inc., 1999 WL 1021810 (July 2, 1999 E.D.N.Y.); Manavazian v. ATEC Group, Inc., 2001 WL 951779 (Aug. 23, 2001 E.D.N.Y.); In re Starlink Corn Products Liability Litigation, 211 F.Supp.2d 1060 (N.D. Ill. 2002); In re Starlink Corn Products Liability Litigation, 212 F.Supp.2d 828 (N.D. Ill. 2002).
Mr. Katz was born in New York, New York. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, from the University of Michigan in 1990 and earned his law degree, cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 1993.
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