- Drug and Medical Device Litigation
- Personal Injury
- Wrongful Death
- Class Actions
- Complex and Multi-District Litigation
- Products Liability
|Contact Info||Telephone: 424-279-4870|
|University ||Louisiana State University, B.S., 1975; National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2006; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, 2006; Loyola University New Orleans, Master of Pastoral Studies, 2012|
|Law School||Tulane University, J.D., 1981|
|Admitted||1981, Louisiana; 1996, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; 1998, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana; 2003, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 2005, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana; 2007, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 2009, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 2010, U.S. Supreme Court; 2011, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado; 2012, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana. (Not admitted in California)|
|Memberships ||Louisiana State Bar Association; Greater Covington Bar Association|
Frances M. Phares is of counsel to Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, where she focuses her practice on personal injury and wrongful death litigation stemming from major transportation accidents and pharmaceutical drug product liability cases across the nation.
Ms. Phares obtained her law degree from Tulane University Law School and she holds an undergraduate degree in Zoology from LSU. While in law school she clerked for the Orleans Parish District Attorney and tutored Tulane undergraduates in English.
After law school Ms. Phares worked as an Assistant District Attorney, Law Clerk for the 22nd Judicial District Court in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes, Louisiana, and she served for many years as a Magistrate Hearing Officer.
Before joining Baum Hedlund, Ms. Phares represented hundreds of hemophilia clients who became infected with AIDS after using contaminated blood products. Once at the firm, she worked on the firm’s tobacco cases and antidepressant suicide cases and is currently handling a plethora of drug litigations and commercial truck accident cases.
Ms. Phares is a certified suicide-prevention counselor and hospice volunteer and has created a workshop for people who are living with and managing grief.
She is listed in: Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in American Law
|Reported Cases||State v. Paquette 423 So. 2d 797 (La. App. 4th Cir., 1982); State v. Marquer 446 So. 2d 1258 (La. App. 4th Cir., 1984); Doe v. Parauka 714 So. 2d 701 (La., 1998); Smith v. Cutter Biological 770 So. 2d 392 (La. App. 4th Cir., 2000); Grisham v. Philip Morris USA 403 F. 3d 631 (9th Cir., 2005); Tucker v. GlaxoSmithKline 2006 WL 753128 (S.D. Ind., 2006); Grisham v. Philip Morris USA 40 Cal.4th 623, 151 P.3d 1151, 54 Cal.Rptr.3d 735 (2007); Grisham v. Philip Morris USA 482 F. 3d 1131 (9th Cir., 2007); Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 596 F.Supp.2d 1225 (S.D.Ind. 2008); Knipe v. SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 553 (E.D.Pa. 2008); Knipe v. SmithKline Beecham, 583 F.Supp.2d 602 (E.D.Pa. 2008); Cunningham v. SmithKline Beecham, 255 F.R.D. 474 (N.D.Ind. 2009); Forst v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 602 F.Supp.2d 960 (E.D.Wis. 2009); Forst v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 639 F.Supp.2d 948; Tucker v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., 701 F.Supp.2d 1040 (S.D.Ind. 2010).|
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