Barbara R. Binis, Esq.
Reed Smith LLP, Philadelphia
Ms. Binis is a member of the firm's Life Sciences Health Industry Group. From 2007 to 2009, she was the Practice Group Leader for the Firm wide Products Liability Group. From 2009 to 2010, when the firm reorganized along Industry Group lines, she was the Vice Chair of the Life Sciences Group. Since joining the firm in 1991, her practice has focused on complex pharmaceutical products liability, mass torts, multi-district litigation and class action defense, as well as insurance coverage, fraudulent transfer, asset recovery, employment law, health care, and related corporate matters. Ms. Binis has been a successful first chair at numerous trials representing many of the top 10 pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, insurers and hospitals. Ms. Binis was lead trial counsel for Wyeth in the HRT and diet drug litigations. From 1997 through 2008, she was one of two Reed Smith partners responsible for the Wyeth Pennsylvania diet drug litigation, in which 20,000 cases were filed, staffing a steady stream of up to four multiple plaintiff trials per month through 2005 and 2006. From 2006 to 2010, she was a lead trial lawyer in the Wyeth hormone therapy litigation. She has also handled matters for Pfizer, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim, Sunoco, Pharmacia, and St. Jude Medical. She is currently working on several matters for GlaxoSmithKline. She has also represented large insurance companies, financial institutions, government agencies, and health care providers such as FDIC, Prudential Insurance Company, Episcopal Hospital and the Temple University Health Care System. She has been admitted pro hac vice before many tribunals; and has also represented clients at AAA arbitrations and administrative hearings. She is a frequent speaker on issues relating to pharmaceutical products liability, mass torts and trial tactics. Ms. Binis has been recognized by Chamber's USA, Legal 500, and the International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers as one of the top product liability lawyers nationally and internationally. In 2008, she was named one of the top 20 women lawyers in Pennsylvania by The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly. She has also been consistently named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh magazines. In 2005, Reed Smith was named as one of the top 10 firms nationally on the National Law Journal's "Defense Hot List." The Firm has also been named winner and finalist for The American Lawyer's 2010, 2008 and 2006 Product Liability Department of the Year. Ms. Binis has advised several Fortune 500 companies on assessing risks pertaining to various legal and compliance issues, including off label promotion of drugs, acquisitions of products with threatened or pending litigation, product recalls, review of product labeling and warnings, continuing medical education compliance, sales rep compliance, and other issues which potentially could involve litigation exposure. She was a member of a national class action settlement team for a top insurance company involving allegations of fraudulent sales practices, and successfully represented a large hospital in an insurance coverage case stemming from the design failure of a waste incinerator/heat recovery system. She was certified as a mediator in Washington, D.C.'s Superior Court and has mediated a variety of commercial, contract and consumer disputes. She is currently a Judge Pro Tem in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.