Deirdre Gallagher has been a practicing trial attorney for seventeen years, representing companies in complex litigation in both Missouri and Illinois. She has tried over 30 cases to verdict in various state and federal courts. Although Ms. Gallagher’s practice encompasses the defense of class actions, mass torts, and toxic exposure claims, she specializes in the area of pharmaceutical litigation. Ms. Gallagher has successfully obtained summary judgment for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Abbott Laboratories, Genentech, Dow Corning, Medtronic, Merrill Dow, and Eli Lilly. Recently, Gallagher brought successful Daubert challenges in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the United States District Court for the Admissions
Southern District of Illinois in lawsuits against Novartis for its product Parlodel. In both cases, plaintiffs’ Missouri
experts were excluded from testifying that Parlodel caused plaintiffs’ strokes based on a lack of scientific Illinoi s
reliability, and Novartis received summary judgment. Practice Areas
Product Liability
In 1997, in Rodriguez v. Suzuki Motor Corporation, after reversal of the verdict by the Missouri Supreme Commercial Litigation
Court, Suzuki changed its trial team, and Ms. Gallagher was hired to defend Suzuki. In the second trial, the Toxic Torts / Mass Litigation
Class Actions
jury awarded plaintiff approximately one-third of the original verdict. This verdict was again overturned by the Missouri Supreme Court on evidentiary issues. Gallagher was part of a mediation team that settled the Education
case after four days of intense negotiation. The Rodriguez case created the strict legal standard for the St. Louis University , '86
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Ms. Gallagher also represented the large long-term care facility chain, National HealthCare, against the American Bar Association
government in the first quality of care fraud and abuse case prosecuted outside of Pennsylvania. After two Missouri Bar Association
months of contentious discovery, NHC reached a very favorable settlement with the United States Defense Research Institute
Bar Assoc. of Metro. St. Louis
Illinois Bar Association
Missouri Org. Defense Lawyers
Amer. Assoc. of Nurse Attorneys
Most recently, Ms. Gallagher sued The May Department Stores Company for infringing the trademark of Amer. Soc. of Law and Medicine
her client, bebe stores, inc. She sought and was granted a preliminary injunction against May, who was ordered to cease using the infringing mark in their new proprietary line of clothing. This case was reported across the country and was reported by the Washington Post to be as high as a $34 million loss to May. Gallagher has been an adjunct professor at UM-St. Louis School of Nursing and has spoken to many groups on topics of medical liability, including lecturing physicians on proper prescribing practices, drug- drug interactions, recognizing, documenting and treating suicidality, and medical ethics. She also published a monthly column in the St. Louis Lawyer for several years. She is currently on the advisory board for Legal Advocates for Abused Women. In March of 2003 she was awarded the UM-St. Louis "Trail Blazer" award and in April of 2003 was selected for membership in Outstanding Lawyers of America, an honor bestowed on only 100 lawyers per state.


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