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Who Are We? About Pulaski Kherkher PLLC

Pulaski Kherkher PLLC, represents plaintiffs from across the United States, individually, and in class and mass actions.

We are fierce defenders of the rights of clients who suffer serious injury, death or other damages from dangerous and defective products, medical malpractice, automobile accidents, premises liability, consumer fraud and deceptive business practices, and toxic and environmental exposure to dangerous substances.

For more than twenty years, Pulaski Kherkher PLLC has taken great pride in our personal approach to the practice of law. We are passionate about protecting the rights of the injured and represent men, women, and children across the country who suffer injury due to the fault of someone else.

We have achieved success in no small part because of our belief in the power of justice to improve the lives of our clients, and we pursue causes of action with all means available by law. We have negotiated and litigated on behalf of our clients to achieve tens of thousands of settlements and billions of dollars in damages. We believe in what we do and will not stop fighting for the rights of individuals and families across the country.

Adam Pulaski

Partner

Adam was born in Houston, Texas. He was admitted to the Bar in 1991 and is licensed to practice in the courts of the State of Texas and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Practice Areas

Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Products Liability Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, and Consumer Fraud

Education

B.A. University of Texas, 1987;
J.D. University of Houston Law School, 1990;
Law Review- South Texas College of Law, 1988.

Affiliations

American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA)
Houston Trial Lawyers Association (HTLA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
National Trial Lawyers Association (NTLA)

Casework

For the last 30 years Adam has represented his clients from coast to coast, and against the some of the largest corporations and law firms in the country. The clients of the firm and the attorneys who currently make up Pulaski Kherkher have received over $7 Billion in Settlements. Adam has successfully represented clients against corporations like Eli Lilly, Equifax, General Motors (GM), GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, Target, Toys R Us, Volkswagen, and Zimmer. Further, he has successfully represented clients against some of the largest insurance carriers in the country, and abroad. Currently, Adam is litigating active dockets against GSK, Pfizer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi, Chubb, Lloyds of London, State Farm, FM Global and others. In May, 2020, Adam was appointed Co-Lead Counsel of MDL 2924 in the Southern District of Florida by Judge Robin Rosenberg. Further, Adam sits on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for the State Court consolidation representing his clients against the manufacturer of JUUL.

Steve Kherkher

Partner

Steve grew up in Houston and attended St. Vincent de Paul and St. Thomas High School before going to the University of Houston. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Steve began working on his master’s and as a football graduate assistant for U of H coach Bill Yeoman. “I loved it!” Steve says enthusiastically, “That was part of the reason I was getting my master’s in education, because I wanted to be a coach. To watch Coach Yeoman and to see his effect on people was tremendous. He is in the College Hall of Fame! I knew I wanted to help people in my own way.”

After receiving his master’s in education Steve decided his way to help those in need was through the law. “After a lot of thought I knew my place was in the law. I would see the injustice that was going on all around me and knew that I could use my education and background to make an impact on the lives of people.” He earned his law degree from the South Texas College of Law where he was Assistant Editor of the South Texas Law Review and graduated cum laude.

Shortly thereafter, Steve joined Williams Bailey Law Firm as an associate and put his nose to the grind stone. “I have always been driven and this firm is like a family. We support one another and are concerned about the well being of our clients. In fact, we look at our clients as family members and work hard for them. Their disappointments are our disappointments and their triumphs are our triumphs. We work hard because we want them to know we are doing everything in our power to take care of them.”

Practice Areas

Personal Injury, Asbestos Litigation, Pharmaceutical Litigation.

Education

Juris Doctorate in 1989, graduating cum laude from South Texas College of Law
Member of Phi Delta Phi
Member of Order of the Lytae
Assistant Editor of the South Texas Law Review
Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston
Master’s degree in education from the University of Houston
Football Graduate Assistant under Bill Yeoman

Affiliations

Houston and American Bar Associations
State Bar of Texas
Houston Young Lawyers Association
Houston Trial Lawyers Association
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice
American Board of Trial Advocates

Professional Honors

Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization: Personal Injury Trial Law
Steve was named a Super Lawyer®, by Thomson Reuters, in 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 as selected by practicing attorneys in Texas
Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers 2012 Edition, by Thomson Reuters
Named a 2015 Top Mass Tort/Toxic Tort Lawyer in H-Texas Magazine

Darsey Glean

Partner

Darsey has dedicated her legal practice to uphold a personal commitment to victims’ rights. Darsey received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a secondary emphasis in studies of World History and Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law. While in law school, Darsey studied under Dean T. Gerald Treece as a member of the nationally recognized mock trial program. In her practice, Darsey represents individuals to protect, promote and safeguard the rights of people forced to seek redress in law. In 2011, she joined the Pulaski Kherkher PLLC, whose practice was focused on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, including Transvaginal Mesh, Actos, Yaz, and Pradaxa, as well as first-party homeowners' claims and personal injury. In 2016, Darsey became a partner at the firm and she continues to manage the firm’s products liability, personal injury, pharmaceutical drug and medical device, and first party insurance dockets. Over the last decade, Darsey has practiced and worked exclusively on behalf of plaintiffs, in complex mass tort civil litigation.

Practice Areas

Mass Tort Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation, Product Liability, First Party Insurance and Consumer Protection, and Personal Injury and Jones Act cases.

Education

University of Texas at Austin, B.A.
South Texas College of Law, J.D.

Affiliations

Texas Trial Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
South Texas College of Law Alumni Association
Texas Exes University of Texas Alumni Association

Eric Boss

Partner

Eric was born in Houston, Texas. He began his legal career gaining trial experience through the Texas Attorney General office, Consumer Protection Division. Formerly a lawyer for insurance companies at a nationwide firm, Eric left his this path to pursue a career in personal injury law – a decision that has allowed him the opportunity to protect those individuals who truly need it most.

Eric is admitted to practice in all state courts of the State of Texas, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas.

Practice Areas

Consumer Protection, Pharmaceutical litigation, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Auto and Truck accidents, Toxic torts, and Wrongful Death.

Education

South Texas College of Law, Doctorate of Jurisprudence.

Affiliations

Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA)
Houston Trial Lawyers Association (HTLA)
American Bar Association (ABA)

Leslie Lamacchia

Partner

Leslie has been involved in some of the largest mass tort lawsuits in the country, representing thousands of injured claimants against major pharmaceutical companies like Johnson & Johnson, Janssen, Wyeth, Eli Lilly, Bayer, and Astra Zeneca, resulting in multi-million dollar settlements. Leslie has deposed and defended expert and corporate representative witnesses in complex scientific issues including pharmacology, epidemiology, and obstetrics and gynecology. Notably in 2007, Leslie also successfully represented hundreds of injured claimants in a refinery explosion against British Petroleum resulting in a $142 million dollar settlement, one week after the start of trial.

Leslie has also been appointed by the Honorable Paul Engelmayer to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in MDL No. 2767, In re: Mirena IUS Levonorgestrel-Related Products Liability Litigation (No. II), and served as co-chair of the Science Committee and a member of the Law and Briefing Committee.

Leslie’s extensive pharmaceutical drug and product liability experience and practice currently includes defective women’s birth control devices, breast cancer chemotherapy drugs and anti-coagulants.

Practice Areas

Pharmaceutical products liability and personal injury litigation.

Education

Monmouth University, B.S., Summa Cum Laude, May, 2001 (Two-sport full scholarship athlete)
South Texas College of Law, J.D., December, 2004
Bar Admissions
Texas, 2005
New Jersey, 2005

Bar Admissions

Texas, May 2005
New Jersey, November 2005
US Supreme Court, April 2018

Affiliations

State Bar of Texas
State Bar of New Jersey
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice

Marlo Fischer

Marlo Fischer has always had a passion for helping people. This led her to pursue a career in law, where she is able to assist those tragically injured by the wrongdoing of others. She dedicates the majority of her practice to nationwide pharmaceutical mass tort and products liability cases..

Practice Areas

Pharmaceutical products liability and personal injury litigation

Education

Sam Houston State University, BBA
South Texas College of Law, JD

Amber Prange

Prior to becoming an attorney, Amber Prange played professional golf for several years. Ms. Prange joined Pulaski Kherkher while attending law school full-time. After her admittance to the bar in 2018, Ms. Prange began representing clients who had suffered serious injury, death or other damages from dangerous and defective products, as well as representing clients in their first party insurance claims. Within her second year of practice, Ms. Prange successfully negotiated several settlements with Johnson & Johnson on behalf of her clients. Currently, Ms. Prange is working on cases related to Covid-19 Business Interruption claims, as well as Federal and State court claims dealing with pharmaceutical and medical device concerns. Ms. Prange’s work ethic, competitive nature, and compassion allow her to be a true advocate and confidant for her clients.

Practice Areas

Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Products Liability Litigation, Insurance Litigation, and Personal Injury litigation.

Education

UNT Dallas College of Law
Degree Name Doctor of Law (J.D.)

University of Washington
Bachelors Communication & Marketing

Affiliations

State Bar of Texas
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice

Katherine Cornell

Partner

Katherine Cornell is an experienced trial attorney whose practice focuses on pharmaceutical and medical device cases nationwide. Clients have come to rely on Ms. Cornell for her breadth of experience and dedication to each and every case.

Ms. Cornell is well known amongst her peers for her work in the global transvaginal mesh litigation. She served on the trial team against Mentor Worldwide and its parent company Johnson & Johnson that obtained a $4.4 million dollar verdict in 2016.

Her experience working has proved invaluable to not only her clients, but also to other victims of defective medical products and dangers prescription medications. Ms. Cornell is currently working with victims of defective hernia mesh products to help hold manufacturers accountable for their defective devices and she also assists victims of personal injury accidents in getting compensation for their injuries.

In her spare time, Ms. Cornell is an active member of the legal community. She has been named a Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers and is a 2018 Rising Star recipient, which is an honor reserved for only 2.5% of attorneys. Ms. Cornell is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, where she currently serves as a member of the board of directors. She is also the treasurer for the Law Practice Management Section of the Houston Bar Association and serves on the board of directors for the Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation.

Ms. Cornell received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at Grand Valley State University before attending Michigan State University College of Law, where she received Dean’s List recognition. While in her home state of Michigan, she worked as a probation officer in the 59th District Court, served as a Law Clerk to Judge F. Kay Behm in The Probate Court For The County of Genesee, and as a Law Clerk to Judge Joseph J. Farah of the 7th Circuit Court.

Education

Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., Dean’s List, 2012 Grand Valley State University, B.A. in Social Work, 2009

Bar Admissions

State of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Affiliations

Houston Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, Treasurer,
2018 – Present
Houston Trial Lawyers Foundation, Gala Marketing/Media Committee, 2015
Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 2015
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
Houston Young Lawyers Association, 2012
American Association For Justice, 2012

Professional Awards

Thomson Reuters, Rising Star, 2017 – 2018
American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, Top Lawyer, 2016
The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40, 2016

Speaking Engagements

“Living and Working in the #MeToo Era,” Texas Women Rainmakers Annual
Conference, August 2018
“Statute of Limitations and Its Applicability On Hernia Mesh Cases,”
HarrisMartin Conference, July 2018
“Hernia Mesh: Litigation Update,” HarrisMartin Conference, April 2017
“Building Blocks for Civil Litigation,” Texas Women Rainmakers Annual
Conference, August 2017
“Experiences as a New Attorney,” University of Houston Pre-law Society, 2013.

Bret Stanley

Partner

Over the course of his career, Mr. Stanley’s practice areas have focused on litigating pharmaceutical device and drug claims, mass tort litigation, wage claim cases, complex first-party insurance litigation, and catastrophic personal injury litigation.

Practice Areas

Pharmaceutical Drug and Devices / Mass Tort Litigation / First Party Insurance Litigation / Contract Dispute / Catastrophic Injury / Automobile Injury / Maritime Injury Litigation

Education

University of Texas at Austin B.A. in History/Geography, 2006
Activities: Member of the Texas Cowboys – New Man Fall 2003; Texas Educators Certificate
Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 2010 – Cum Laude with honors.

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Texas
U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court of Federal Claims
Prior Pro Hac Vice Admissions – U.S. District Court of the Southern District of West Virginia, U.S. District Court of Arizona, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Indiana.

Affiliations

National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 for Texas 2018
National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40 for Texas 2019

David P. Matthews

Of Counsel

Attorney David Matthews has been repeatedly voted by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Voted one of the Best Lawyers in America by his peers since 2016, Mr. Matthews has taken more than 125 cases to a jury verdict.

Practice Areas

Pharmaceutical Drug and Devices / Survivors of Clergy Abuse

Education

South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1988 J.D.
Honors: Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards: Property, Civil Procedure
Law Review: South Texas College Law Review, Assistant Editor, 1988
Law Review: South Texas Law Review, Comment Editor
University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1984 B.A.

Affiliations

Texas Bar Foundation Member
Houston Bar Association Member
American Bar Association Member
State Bar of Texas Member
Houston Young Lawyers Association Member
Texas Trial Lawyers Association Associate Director
American Board of Trial Advocates Member
American Association of Justice

Megan Moore

Megan’s practice areas have focused on Mass Tort litigation and Toxic Tort litigation. Prior to joining Pulaski Kherkher, PLLC, Megan worked at the Montgomery office of Beasley Allen, where she worked on numerous multidistrict litigations and state-court coordinated actions involving dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. Megan also worked on the perfluorinated chemical or PFC litigation where she represented water systems whose water supply had been contaminated by industrial discharge of PFCs. Currently, Megan represents individuals who have suffered injuries related to the use of JUUL vaping devices, as well as working on other complex litigation regarding pharmaceutical claims.

Practice Areas

Products Liability Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Litigation, and Toxic Torts.

Education

Texas State University
B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Forensic Psychology
Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, J.D.

Bar Admissions

Alabama, September 2014
United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, November 2016

Eric A. Hawley

Mr. Hawley manages a wide variety of commercial cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants involved in complex business litigation. He represents a diverse group of clients, which include executives, investors, small business owners, and large international corporations. Mr. Hawley has represented clients at each stage of litigation, from the pre-petition negotiations all the way through the verdict at trial and post-judgment. Mr. Hawley also has assisted with representation through the appeals process.

Additionally, Mr. Hawley advises clients on a broad range of catastrophic and serious personal injury matters, including negligence, wrongful death, and premises liability, among others.

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation, Product Liability, and Personal Injury Litigation.

Education

The University of Texas School of Law – Juris Doctor (2010)
The University of Texas at Austin – Bachelor of Arts in History (2005)

Bar Admissions

Admitted to all courts of the State of Texas, 2010
Admitted to practice in the Southern District of Texas, 2013
Admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Texas, 2015

Affiliations

Member, State Bar of Texas
Member, Houston Bar Association
Member, Houston Trial Lawyers Association
Recent Developments Associate Editor, The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, 2009-10
Lifetime Member of the Texas Exes

Ryan Haun

Of Counsel

Attorney Ryan Haun has spent the last twelve years holding corporations and insurance companies accountable for the promises they have made to their customers and to the public. More than 1,300 cases later, the goal is still the same – to help people replace what has been taken from them when companies refuse to honor their promises.

Practice Areas

Insurance Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation.

Education

South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas J.D. – 2006
Honors: Board of Advocates, 2005 State Bar of Texas Administrative Law Tournament Moot Court Champion
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas B.A. – 2003
Honors: 2002 University Honors recipient Major: English

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2006
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2006

Affiliations

State Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Association
Houston Trial Lawyers Association (Director, 2007-present)
Texas Trial Lawyers Association (2006-present)
American Association for Justice

Douglas Mena

Of Counsel

For the last eleven years Doug has primarily focused on litigating personal injury cases with a specialization in catastrophic events and injuries. Doug’s practice includes commercial litigation matters, relating to trucking and transportation liability, products liability, dram shop liability, and premises liability as well as construction defects, toxic tort, business litigation, first-party litigation, and general negligence. Additionally, he also has experience in appellate practice at both the state and federal levels.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury, Trucking and Transportation Liability, Products Liability, Dram Shop Liability, Premises Liability, Construction Defects, Toxic Tort, Business Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, and Medical Malpractice.

Education

South Texas College of Law, JD, 2007
St. Edward’s University, BBA, 2004; magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2006
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2006

Affiliations

Houston Young Lawyers Association; co-chair of the Charity Golf Tournament Committee (2008)
American Bar Association
Texas Bar Association
Houston Bar Association
Fort Bend Bar Association
South Texas College of Law Young Alumni Association
Houston Trial Lawyers Association
Texas Trial Lawyers Association; Board Member (2019)
The National Trial Lawyers

Kevin Edwards

In the last decade, Mr. Edward has focused his practice on helping those who have been injured or harmed by the negligence, malfeasance, or recklessness of others. Mr. Edwards has represented numerous victims in medical device and pharmaceutical mass tort litigations, including Transvaginal Mesh, IVC Filters, Actos, Pradaxa, Xarelto, Paxil, Depakote, and Topamax.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury, Products Liability, Premises Liability, Medical Device Litigation, Multidistrict Litigation, and Clergy Abuse Survivors.

Education

Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D. 2003
The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1999

Bar Admissions

Texas, 2003
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2003
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2004

Affiliations

National Trial Lawyers Association
Dallas Bar Association
Dallas Trial Lawyers Association

Timothy Bearb

Of Counsel

Attorney Timothy Bearb focuses most of his practice on child sex abuse and clergy abuse cases.

Mr. Bearb is a native Houstonian with years of courtroom experience. He has years of experience handling personal injury cases involving child sexual abuse, insurance property loss, breach of contract, and employment litigation. His legal practice is dedicated to helping people who have suffered at the hands of large corporations and institutions.

Mr. Bearb began his injury and insurance law practice with a desire to help people who have been wronged by forces with apparently unlimited financial and political resources. Along the way, he has won the confidence of his clients, representing them in a significant number of injury, abuse, and insurance claims’ matters.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury, Products Liability, Premises Liability, Medical Device Litigation, Multidistrict Litigation, and Clergy Abuse Survivors.

Education

South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas – J.D.
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas – B.A. Physics

Bar Admissions

Texas
Washington
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Affiliations

Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Houston Trial Lawyers Association
Washington State Association for Justice
Washington State Bar Association

Julie Matthews

Ms. Matthew’s extensive corporate experience brings a unique perspective to her work representing plaintiffs, giving her valuable insight into corporate structures, their legal strategies, and insurance and risk management practices – all of which she uses today to fight for her injured clients’ rights.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury, Products Liability, and Medical Malpractice.

Education

BA, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
JD, South Texas College of Law

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the Texas bar in 1990
Active Member of Wisconsin Bar since 1992

Riley Burnett

Of Counsel

Riley L. Burnett, Jr. is a nationally-recognized trial attorney with extensive experience tackling insurance company litigation for plaintiffs. His battle with insurance companies includes insurance claims arising from Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Harvey. Mr. Burnett has also acted as Co-Liaison Counsel in several counties for the thousands of lawsuits arising out of Hurricane Ike insurance claims disputes, including Harris and Galveston Counties, and served on several Plaintiff Steering Committees for various MDL’s created to manage Hurricane Ike litigation. His success in that field has been aided by his considerable courtroom experience as a young attorney who sought justice involving personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, and toxic tort.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, Toxic Tort, and Insurance Claim Litigation.

Education

BA, University of Texas
University of Houston Law Center

Affiliations

American Association for Justice
American Board of Trial Advocates

Adilia Miranda Carreon

Adilia Miranda Carreon is an associate with the law firm of Pulaski Kherker in Houston Texas. Ms. Miranda Carreon graduated with High Honors from South Texas College of Law. During her time at South Texas College of Law Ms. Miranda Carreon was awarded numerous awards and served as Articles Editor on the Corporate Counsel Review and the Texas Journal of Business Law. While attending law school Ms. Miranda Carreon completed a seven-year tenure as a U.S. Customs Border Protection Officer with the Department of Homeland Security.

She uses the knowledge and skills she has garnered through her education and work experience to excel as a newly admitted attorney to the State of Texas Bar. Her reputation for a strong work ethic and perseverance are attributes that will surely provide positive results for her clients.

Education

J.D. South Texas College of Law, 2019 – Magna Cum Laude
M.P.A., Nova Southeastern University, 2014
B.A., University of Houston, 2010

Affiliations

Phi Delta Phi, International Legal Honor Society
Houston Bar Association
American Bar Association
Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law, section of the State Bar of Texas
Pi Alpha Alpha, International Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration

Kathryn Hiett

Associate

Kathryn Hiett is a first-year associate who was recently admitted to the Texas bar.

Before joining the firm, Kathryn attended law school at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas. During law school, Kathryn was awarded best oralist for an outstanding appellate oral argument, and she enjoyed competing on her school’s traveling negotiation team.

As a law student, Kathryn gained experience in a variety of civil matters. She began her legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Arkansas Supreme Court. After, she became a student attorney for the law school civil clinic where she represented indigent clients in breach of contract and unpaid wage claims. Since then, Kathryn clerked for multiple different firms practicing an assortment of civil law matters, such as contract law, property law, and employment law.

Education

J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
B.S. in Political Science, University of Arkansas

Professional Affiliations

Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Court Admissions

Admitted to all courts of the State of Texas
U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas