randi@randiellis.com

Randi S. Ellis

Specialties

Allocation
Attorneys Fees
Class Action
Discovery
In-Camera Review
Mass Tort
Multi District Litigation
Personal Injury
Pharmaceutical
Product Liability
Settlement Administration

Randi holds both a bachelor’s degree in arts and sciences (1994) and a law degree (1997) from Louisiana State University. She completed the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. Before going into private practice, Randi clerked for the Honorable Christine Noland of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana and for the Honorable William Morvant of the Nineteenth Judicial District Court of Louisiana. She also served as an attorney for the Louisiana Legislature Civil Law Committee. Randi worked in private practice for over 12 years before opening her own firm in 2016.

Served as Special Master in matters involving:

  • Case management
  • Pretrial discovery, including resolution of privilege issues
  • Allocating settlement funds to class and mass tort claimants (including development and implementation of methodology)
  • Reviewing reasonableness of attorneys’ fees (including resolution of common fund/benefit issues)
  • Lien Resolution
  • Pharmaceutical, personal injury, and property damage class and mass actions

Case List

Multidistrict Litigation

In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2385 (S.D. Ill. J.P.M.L.) Court-Appointed Special Master for mediation and for allocation;  allocated
$650 million settlement fund to claimants alleging injuries related to anticoagulant pharmaceutical use; mediated and allocated Common Benefit Fees and Expenses

In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, MDL No. 2179 (E.D. La. J.P.M.L.) Court-Appointed Mediator for personal injury claims; appointed Court-Designated Neutral for resolution of various matters; developed methodology for allocating $2.3 billion settlement fund to thousands of Gulf of Mexico seafood harvesters who alleged economic damage as a result of the BP oil rig disaster

In re: Yasmin and Yaz (Drosporenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Litigation, MDL No. 2100 (S.D. Ill. J.P.M.L.) Court-Appointed Mediator and Special Master concerning products liability claims arising out of contraceptive use

In re: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation (Vaginal Mesh), MDL No. 2387 (S.D. W.Va. J.P.M.L.) Mediator concerning products liability claims arising out of vaginal mesh use; Court-Appointed Special Master to allocate aggregate settlement fund; also Special Master allocating settlement funds for claims against CR Bard and Covidien

In re: Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2047 (E.D. La. J.P.M.L.) Court-Appointed Mediator; secured commitments from more than 600 defendants to global settlement; assisted Special Master with allocation responsibilities for $1.1 billion in settlement for case in which homeowners alleged defendants were responsible for installation of defective drywall

In re FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1873 (E.D. La. J.P.M.L.) Deputy Special Master in federal Multidistrict Litigation case to allocate multiple settlement funds to several thousand claimants who alleged chemical exposure while occupying temporary housing after Hurricane Katrina

In re Denture Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2051 (S.D. Fla. J.P.M.L.) selected by group of settling products liability plaintiffs to allocate aggregate settlement fund

Other Federal Court Litigation

Mass Depakote Litigation, 12-cv-52, etc. (S.D. Ill.) Court-Appointed Mediator for claims alleging birth defects arising out of pharmaceutical use

McClurg et al v. Mallinckrodt, Inc, et al., 4:12-CV-00361 (E.D. Mo.) Court-Appointed Mediator for consolidated actions seeking damages for injuries allegedly sustained as a result of multiple decades of exposure to hazardous, toxic, and radioactive substances

Medtronic Infuse Litigation (multiple jurisdictions) Mediator for products liability claims arising out of bone graft product use; as well as Court-Appointed Special Master for allocation of aggregate settlement fund

St. Jude Medical Spinal Cord Stimulator Products (multiple jurisdictions) Mediator and Allocation Neutral for claims arising out of the use of spinal cord stimulator systems

In Re: Swift Energy Company, et al., 13-05552 (E.D. La.) Mediator and Settlement Administrator for claims alleging property damage from oil release to oyster leases

Avandia Deceptive Marketing Litigation (multiple jurisdictions) Mediator for products liability claims by certain attorneys general arising out of allegations of deceptive marketing of diabetes pharmaceutical

Ian Pollard, et al. v. Remington Arms Co., et al., 4:13-00086 (W.D. Mo.) Mediator for products liability claims arising out of gun use

Jeff Simmons, et al. v. Sabine River Authority of Louisiana, et al., 2:11-cv-00588 (W.D. La.) Special Master for class settlement funds to claimants who alleged that they had suffered flood damages due to the opening of a nearby dam

John Burford, et al. v. Cargill, Inc., 05-0283 (W.D. La.) Special Master to disburse nationwide class settlement funds to thousands of farmers in 47 states who used allegedly defective dairy

State Court Lititgation

Risperdal and Invega Product Liability Cases (Pa. and Ca.) Mediator for actions pending in state courts alleging personal injury arising out of pharmaceutical use

Paul Thompson, et al v. Williams Companies, Inc. et al and Bailey, et al v. Williams Olefins, LLC, et al., 72,701 (La. 18th J.D.C.) Special Master for settlement and allocation for claims arising out of personal injuries from plant explosion

Jane Doe No. 1, et al. v. The Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation, d/b/a The Johns Hopkins Hospital, et al., 24-C-13-00141 (Md. Baltimore City Cir. Ct.) Mediator for claims arising out of claims of physician misconduct

Noretta Thomas, et al. v. A. Wilbert & Sons, L.L.C., et al., 55,127 (La. 18th J.D.C.) Special Master; allocated class settlement funds to several thousands of residents of and visitors to trailer park in settlement with trailer park owner for ground water contamination claims; appointed Special Master to allocate attorneys’ fees; Special Master to allocate class settlement funds to several thousand landowners in settlement with chemical plant owner for chemical pollution claims

Toussaint Battley, Sr., et al. v. Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, et al., 41,792 (La.   18th J.D.C. Special Master; allocated class settlement funds to property owners damaged by flood

Carey C. Abbott, et al v. Waste Management, Inc., et al., 87,182 (La. 21st J.D.C.) Special Master; allocated settlement funds to residents affected by environmental contamination

Mark S. Creech, et al. v. Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc., 61,236 (La. 18th J.D.C.) Special Master to allocate settlement funds to insurance policyholders in class action requesting payment reimbursement

Keisha Desselle, et al. v. Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc., 2010-5885 (La. 12th J.D.C.) Special Master to allocate settlement funds to insurance policyholders in class action requesting payment reimbursement

Rita H. Holzenthal, et al. v. Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, 2001-16969 (La. C.D.C.) assisted Special Master to allocate settlement to persons allegedly affected by New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board project

Kristen M. Rhodes v. BG Estate Servs., Inc., et al., 2001-18355 (La. C.D.C.) assisted Special Master to allocate class settlement funds to persons allegedly affected by mold exposure

Arthur Schexnayder, Jr., et al. v. Entergy Louisiana, Inc., et al., 28,907 (La. 23rd J.D.C.) assisted Special Master to allocate class settlement funds to property owners in more than 20 parishes against utility company for alleged trespass claims

Ivan Guidry, et al. v. City of Denham Springs, 28,907 (La. 21st J.D.C.) assisted Court- Appointed Arbitrator to allocate settlement funds among claimants who were allegedly affected by waste water contamination

In re Honeywell, July 20, 2003 Chlorine Release, 511,626 (La. 19th J.D.C.) assisted Special Master to allocate class settlement funds to several thousand persons allegedly affected by two separate releases from chemical plant; assisted Special Master to allocate attorneys’ fees

Education

Admitted to Bar: Louisiana, 1997;
U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana;
Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation