Lewis J. Saul, Esq., Principal
Since Mr. Saul founded Lewis Saul & Associates, P.C. in 1980, he has dedicated his legal career to representing injured individuals, protecting the rights of everyday people and fighting to sustain the health and safety of communities around the country. Mr. Saul has over thirty-four years of experience handling in product liability and personal injury law, concentrating in complex litigation involving prescription drugs, medical devices, defective products, and toxic substances. In guiding Lewis Saul & Associates, P.C. as a public interest law firm, he has pioneered cases involving consumer fraud, corporate wrongdoing, and discrimination. Over his career, Mr. Saul has represented tens of thousands of clients from around the world in United States courts. He has investigated, developed, litigated and successfully resolved some of the biggest mass tort and toxic tort cases in United States history. Mr. Saul’s experience and tenacious representation of his clients has led to favorable outcomes against even the largest of corporate opponents.
Over the last 34 years, Mr. Saul has successfully represented clients injured by pharmaceutical drugs, including but not limited to Avelox, Baycol, Diethylstilbestrol (DES), Ephedra, Fen Phen, Gadolinium, Levaquin, OxyContin, Phenylpropanolamine (PPA), Rezulin, Stadol, Trovan, Vioxx, Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella, Zithromax, and Zyprexa.
Mr. Saul has also successfully represented clients injured by medical devices, including Defective hip implants, Dalkon Shield, Copper 7 IUDS, Silicone Gel Breast Implants, numerous Heart Valve and Cardiac Pacemakers, Penile and Testicular Implants, Notplant, NuvaRing, and Ortho Evra.
LaRocque v. TRS Recovery Services, Inc., 285 F.R.D. 139 (D. Maine 2012): Co-Lead Counsel and counsel for plaintiff in a class action case involving violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act for a deceptive collection letter for returned checks and other fees.
In re Levaquin Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1943 (2008): Co-Lead Counsel and MDL Liaison Counsel litigating claims against Johnson & Johnson and Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. on behalf of hundreds of individuals who have sustained injuries from the fluoroquinolone antibiotic, Levaquin.
In re The Delaco Company, Civ. Action No. 04-10899 (S.D.N.Y. Bankruptcy Ct. 2004): Served as co-counsel with a New York bankruptcy firm representing the rights of a group of Dexatrim diet drug users in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Extensive negotiations with Debtor’s counsel and the Tort Claimants Committee resulted in fairer compensation and administration of Dexatrim claims against The Delaco Company under the Debtor’s Reorganization Plan.
Deminne v. Smart Corporation, Civ. Action No. 151794 (Sup. Ct. Montgomery Cty. Md. 1998): Appointed Class Counsel in class action brought on behalf of residents of Maryland who were overcharged for copies of their medical records. The Maryland Attorney General joined in the suit. The case resulted in a favorable class settlement for all class members.
In re Hannaford Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 1954 (2008): Currently appointed as Interim Co-Lead Counsel in putative consolidated class action representing individuals whose confidential financial and personal information was stolen during credit card and debit card transactions at Hannaford and Sweetbay supermarkets in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and Florida during late 2007 and early 2008 as a result of the failure of Hannaford to maintain the security of its electronic payment system.
H. Louis Farmer, Jr., et al. v. TD Banknorth, Inc. et al., CV-07-39 (Maine Sup. Ct. 2007) and In re TD Banknorth Shareholders Litigation, C.A. No. 2557-VCL (Delaware Ct. of Chancery 2007): Co-Counsel for Plaintiff Farmer and the Class in shareholder derivative class action filed in Maine against TD Banknorth, TD Bank Financial Group, and their directors for breach of their fiduciary duties to shareholders in acquisition of all outstanding shares of TD Banknorth common stock by TD Bank Financial Group. The Farmercase was transferred to Delaware for consolidation with several related class actions. The firm is Co-Class Counsel in the Delaware action.
Meyers et al. v. State of Texas, 00-cv-00430-SS (W.D. Tex. 2000): Served as Co-Class Counsel on behalf of handicapped plaintiffs in a class action involving violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In re Silicon Gel Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 926 (N.D. Ala. 1995): Appointed as Co-Vice-Chairperson of the Foreign Claimants Subcommittee to represent the interests of approximately 60,000 non-U.S. claimants injured by defective silicone gel breast implants.
Millett et al. v. Atlantic Richfield Co., et al., CV-98-555(Maine Sup. Ct. 2000) and In re MTBE Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1358, OO CIV. 1898 (S.D.N.Y. 2002): Served as Lead Counsel in a class action suit filed in Maine Superior Court against Atlantic Richfield Company and other oil and chemical companies for groundwater contamination due to methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) – a gasoline additive. Millett was the first MTBE contamination class action filed in the country. The firm later filed MTBE class actions in New York and successfully sought consolidation by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation of all federal MTBE cases to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in MDL-1358, In re Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether Products Liability Litigation. Mr. Saul was appointed by the Honorable Shira Scheindlin as Co-Lead Counsel in MDL 1358.
Vorhis v. American Medical Systems, C-1-94-824 (S.D. Ohio 1994): Appointed as Class Counsel for nationwide class of men implanted with defective penile implants manufactured by AMS. When the case was later decertified, the firm successfully fought defendant’s forum non conveniens motions and, together with two other law firms, filed over 700 individual cases in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The firm helped organize an informal “plaintiff steering committee” to successfully coordinate and manage the massive statewide litigation. Soon after the presiding judge selected bellwether cases for trial, AMS settled all 700 filed claims.
In re Copley Pharmaceutical, Inc., “Albuterol” Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1013 (Wyo. 1994): Represented two lead plaintiffs and served as Member of Plaintiff Steering Committee in the country’s first national personal injury class action that went to trial. The case was favorably settled after a three month trial just before closing arguments.
Bowling v. Pfizer, Inc., Case No. C-1-91-256 (S.D. Ohio 1991): Appointed by the federal court as Special Counsel to Class Counsel to represent the interests of non-U.S. claimants injured by defective Bjork-Shiley convexo-concave heart valves in a worldwide class action settlement. The firm played an important role in negotiating significant enhancements to the terms of the settlement beneficial to foreign claimants.
In re Domestic Air Transportation Antitrust Litigation, 148 F.R.D. 297 (N.D. Ga. 1993): The firm appeared as objecting counsel on behalf of foreign class members who were not furnished notice of a proposed settlement.
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) Litigation: The firm represented several families in the world’s first lawsuits involving the deadly Creutzfeld-Jacob disease contracted from human growth hormone.
District of Columbia, 1980
New York, 2007
U.S. District Court District of Columbia, 1981
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1984
U.S. District Court District of Maryland, 1985
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1991
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2007
U.S. District Court of Minnesota, 2008
U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1980
U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1992
U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1984
U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1999
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2011
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1993
U.S. Supreme Court, 1996
Sustaining Member, American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Member, American Bar Association
Past Chair, AAJ Levaquin Litigation Group
Past Chair, AAJ MTBE Litigation Group
Past Co-chair, AAJ Cardiac Device Litigation Group
Past Co-Chair, AAJ Quinolone Antibiotic Litigation Group
Member, State of New York Bar Association
Member, State of Virginia Bar Association
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
Doctor of Jurisprudence, George Mason School of Law, Arlington, VA, 1979
Bachelor of Arts, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT, Degree in Fine Arts, 1974