Elizabeth (“Beth”) Graham is a director at Grant & Eisenhofer. She leads the firm’s complex pharmaceutical and medical device litigation practice and serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Graham has spent most of her career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer advocating for the rights of individuals, families and small businesses harmed by large corporations.
Ms. Graham’s expertise spans the practice areas of mass tort, consumer fraud, product liability, environmental, business torts and gender rights claims. She has served as Lead Counsel in multi-million dollar cases, has acted as a member of various Plaintiffs’ Executive Committees in complex actions, and has prior experience as national defense coordination counsel in product liability and environmental litigation.
Ms. Graham is actively representing thousands of injured victims in various cases against corporations, including pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, public utility and tech companies. Ms. Graham is Liaison Counsel, a member of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Law & Briefing Committee, and was a lead negotiator in the In re Essure Product Cases (JCCP 4887) settlement, which provided $1.6 billion in overall compensation to injured women. She was also Co-Lead class counsel in the In re Columbia Gas Explosion Cases (Mass. Sup. Ct.) where she was a principal negotiator of the recent $143 million class action settlement.
Currently, Ms. Graham serves in leadership as Liaison Counsel in California’s Gilead Tenofovir Cases and Coordinated Actions, JCCP No. 5043, representing thousands of people harmed by certain HIV drugs manufactured by California biotech giant Gilead Sciences. She serves as Co-Lead on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee and as Chair of the Law & Briefing Committee in In re Zofran (Ondansetron) Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2657) and as a PSC member in In re Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2775). She previously has served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re Power Morcellator Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2652); as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2768); and as co-chair of the Law & Briefing Committee for In re Xarelto Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2592). Additionally, Ms. Graham represents victims of the Paradise, California Wildfires (2018), victims of sexual assault, and families suffering as a result of environmental contamination and disasters.
Prior to joining G&E, Ms. Graham served on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee and represented victims in the In re Sulzer Hip Prosthesis and Knee Prosthesis Liability Litigation (California JCCP No. 4165). She has served as Lead Counsel on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in high profile class actions such as Borman Automotive v. American Honda Motor Corp. (MDL No. 1069), which resulted in a $435 million settlement; and litigation against Chrysler based on its Minivan Doorlatch failures and ABS brake defects. She has also represented hundreds of families injured by environmental contaminants, including radon, arsenic and rocket fuel, resulting in confidential settlements in excess of $25 million. Ms. Graham also has vast experience as a consultant to other mass tort firms that seek her advice in structuring their cases.
Ms. Graham is an accomplished speaker, often presenting at educational programs sponsored by the American Association for Justice (AAJ); Mass Torts Made Perfect; Harris Martin; and Masters of Mass ort. Additionally, Ms. Graham is Co-Chair of the AAJ Zofran Litigation Group, and is a member of AAJ’s Publications Committee. She is a co-author of “Overcome the Clear Evidence Defense,” published in the July 2016 issue of Trial magazine, as well as “Medical Monitoring,” published in the July 2018 issue of Trial.
In 2018, Ms. Graham was selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement award by America’s Top 100 Attorneys®.
Prior to her representation of injured individuals, Ms. Graham worked for large product liability defense firms as national defense counsel and was a partner at prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms.