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NJL People: Jan R. McLean Bernier

Jan is a fierce client advocate and experienced trial attorney. Her significant trial experience allows her to foresee potential strategies, defenses, and negotiation tactics; and has given her the skills to work successfully with people—clients, colleagues, witnesses, and experts. Jan is a great asset on any client team, as she knows the ins-and-outs not only of her clients’ businesses and products, but also evidence, documents, and testimonies.

Jan’s background in science has given her an advantage when translating complexities into solid defense strategies. With an eye for detail, she enjoys digging into intricate investigations, picking apart contracts, and advising and negotiating less risk for her clients.

Jan spends her time away from work with her husband, Robert, and their daughter, Hannah. They enjoy being on the lake, playing golf, and coaching Hannah’s various athletic teams. Jan is also the Director of a Junior Olympic traveling volleyball club.

Key Practice Experience

Key Industry Experience

Representative Matters

  • Straka v. Johnson & Johnson  (MDL bellwether trial 2012)
  • Christensen v. Johnson & Johnson  (MDL bellwether trial 2011)
  • Macey v. Dole (trial 2011)
  • Williams v. National Football League (trial 2010)
  • Thomas v. Millennium Holdings, Inc. (trial 2007)
  • State of Rhode Island v. Lead Industries Ass’n, (trial 2005-2006)
  • Slidell, Inc. v. Millennium Inorganic Chemicals, Inc. (trial 2005)

Representative Products

Prescription Drugs (Brand Name and Generic)

  • SSRIs (class action)
  • Birth control
  • Anxiety prevention
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • NSAIDs
  • COX-2 inhibitors
  • Pain control
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Antibiotics
  • Cholesterol
  • Bisphosphonates
  • Fluoroquinolone antibiotics (MDL)
  • Dopamine agonists

Over-the-Counter Drugs

  • Nasal relief/cold medicines
  • Allergy medications
  • Analgesics

Medical Devices

  • Knee replacement systems
  • Hip replacement systems
  • Hernia mesh
  • Vaginal mesh
  • Anti-adhesion surgical gel
  • Breast implants

Other Products

  • Industrial and military/navy valves
  • Brake shoes and linings, gaskets and automotive parts
  • Lead pigment
  • Lead paint
  • Food (packaged salads, eggs)
  • Dietary supplements

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Community Engagement

  • Salvation Army
  • Minneapolis Crisis Nursery Volunteer
  • North Branch Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6424 and the Ladies Auxiliary

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