EXPERIENCE AND PRACTICE AREAS
Riley Burnett is a nationally recognized trial attorney with extensive multi-state experience. The focus of Riley’s practice is mass torts, including pharmaceutical, medical device, toxic torts and mass disaster litigation.
Riley has represented clients in pharmaceutical cases nationwide, such as Paxil, Fen-Phen, Avandia, DePuy ASR, DePuy Pinnacle, Vioxx, and Zoloft. Riley currently fights for our clients suffering from dangerous drugs and devices such as Xarelto, hernia mesh, transvaginal mesh (TVM), IVC Filters, Zofran and Risperdal. Riley is also extremely active in representing victims exposed to Roundup and represents hundreds of clients harmed by GM’s ignition switch recalled vehicles.
In addition, Mr. Burnett has been recognized by the courts to represents victims. Riley helps women who were prescribed Vaginal Mesh products by serving as the co-lead of MDL 2387 In Re: Coloplast Corp. and MDL 2511 In Re: Neomedic litigations, where he works to lead the national investigation on behalf of the thousands of people injured. Riley also works on the Plaintiff Steering Committees for MDL 2187 In Re: C.R. Bard, Inc., MDL 2327 In Re: Ethicon, Inc., MDL 2325 In Re: American Medical Systems, and MDL 2326 In Re: Boston Scientific Corp., where he also works on the national investigation against these pharmaceutical device manufacturers.
Riley fights for our clients harmed by mass disasters and other manufacturing defects as well. While in this fight, Riley has held many leadership positions. He served as Plaintiffs’ Co-Liaison Counsel for the lawsuits arising out of the March 23, 2005, explosion at the British Petroleum (BP) facility in Texas City. This explosion resulted in fifteen deaths, hundreds of injuries, and numerous lawsuits. He was also Co-Liaison Counsel in several counties for the thousands of lawsuits arising out of Hurricane Ike insurance claims disputes and served on several Plaintiff Steering Committees for various MDL’s created to manage the Hurricane Ike litigation.
Riley received his undergraduate education at the University of Texas where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1987. In 1991, he earned his law degree at the University of Houston Law Center, graduating cum laude. He has been licensed to practice law since 1991 and is admitted to practice in state and federal court in Texas and in Pennsylvania State Court.
Riley’s peers have routinely recognized him as one of the top-rated trial lawyers, and he is a member of both the American Association for Justice and the American Board of Trial Advocates.