Stephen’s defense work began with vehicle collision and medical malpractice matters. It then developed to routinely involve complex commercial disputes, including leading NYSE-500 parties and catastrophic traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases with life care plans exceeding 60 million in financial damages. He successfully defended such injury cases and wrongful death cases on behalf of American manufacturers of children’s products in Texas and across the nation with a federal jurisdiction emphasis.
On the plaintiff’s side, Stephen gained national prominence with the initial filing of claims against a world-wide pharmaceutical giant on behalf of the family of a victim whose death was caused by a diabetes drug. Stephen’s trial experience encompasses employment law case wins, firearm litigation in numerous states and federal court jurisdiction and venue.
AREAS OF FOCUS -- General Civil Litigation with significant experience in:
•Personal Injury - Catastrophic traumatic brain injury and wrongful death
•Toxic, Mass Torts, and Environmental Law
•Business Torts and complex commercial cases
News, Publications & Speaking Events
Representative Presentations and Papers Authored
•“Strategic Defense of Product Recalls at Trial,” presenter, Products Liability Conference, February, 2005.
•“Product Recalls as Subsequent Remedial Measures and the Use of Federal Rule of Evidence 407 in Products Liability Cases,” author, DRI Products Liability Conference, February, 2005.
•“Product Recalls as Subsequent Remedial Measures and the Use of Federal Rule of Evidence 407 in Products Liability Cases,” author and presenter, DRI Products Liability Conference, Children’s Products Closed Door Session, 2004.
•“Preemption after Geir,” presenter, Juvenile Product Manufacturer’s Meeting, October 2002.
•“Srader v. General Motors Mock Trial,” presenter, Juvenile Product Manufacturer’s Meeting, October 2002.
•“What a Difference a Forum Can Make,” presenter, Juvenile Product Manufacturer’s Meeting, October 2001.
•“Upgrading Federal Safety Standards for Child Restraint Systems Post-TREAD,” author, May 2002.
•“Side Impact Protection Rulemaking Proposed Post-TREAD,” author, May 2002.
Awards & Honors
•Texas Tech University School of Law
Mr. Drinnon distinguished himself while studying law at Texas Tech University on numerous occasions. He graduated second in a class of 147 with highest honors in 1992. Among many awards and recognitions of academic achievement, he received the coveted American Jurisprudence Award on six occasions for the following: Federal Evidence, Federal Jurisdiction, Commercial Law, Wills & Trusts, Criminal Law, and Martial Property. He also received recognition as highest grade in Oil & Gas Law and Commercial Torts. Mr. Drinnon was honored as an associate editor of the Texas Tech Law Review for two years and a member of The Order of the Coif.
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
•State Bar of Texas
•Dallas Bar Association
•Texas Society of CPAs
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