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Kristian Rasmussen

Senior Partner

Based on Kristian Rasmussen’s time serving as a Judge Advocate General Officer in the U.S. Navy, some may assume that he was inspired to become a lawyer from the movie, A Few Good Men. Although a fan of the movie, Kristian’s reason for becoming a lawyer is quite simple: he has a passion for helping people.

Mr. Rasmussen has practiced law for more than 21 years, most of which have been devoted to representing plaintiffs against pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers, typically involving claims consolidated in multidistrict litigation. He sees the law as the great equalizer for people who have been injured by large corporations. He strives to represent each of his clients as if he were representing a close personal relative.

A family man, Kristian is most proud of his three children — two boys (Quaid 21 yrs., Clayton 20 yrs.) and daughter (Reese 17 yrs.). Kristian considers himself a retired little league football and baseball coach. His daughter jokingly says he would have coached her gymnastics teams if he had any experience.

Kristian’s legal career has been fun, interesting, and exciting. He has represented clients on both sides of the “v,” including serving as a criminal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office and representing defendants in both criminal and civil litigation. Judges and peers from across the country recognize his leadership and skill as evidenced by being selected to lead complex products liability claims including being appointed Lead Counsel for In Re: Abilify Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2734; Appointed Co-Lead Trial Counsel for In re High Sulfur Content Gasoline Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1632.

Judges have appointed Mr. Rasmussen to leadership roles in prosecuting claims in the following Multi-District Litigations:

In Re: 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2885

Leadership Role: Joint Armed Services Committee

In Re: Abilify (Aripiprazole) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2734

Leadership Role: Co-Lead Counsel.

In Re: Chantix (Varenicline) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2092

Leadership Role: Plaintiffs Executive Committee

In Re: Viagra (Slidenafil Citrate) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2691

Leadership Role: Plaintiffs Executive Committee.

In Re: Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2592

Leadership Role: Co-Chair of Discovery Subcommittee (Bellwether Sales Representatives)

In Re: Fresenius GranuFlo/Naturalyte Dialysate Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2428

Leadership Role: Plaintiffs Steering Committee

In Re: Bextra and Celebrex Unfair Sales Practices and Prod. Liab. Lit., MDL No. 1699

Leadership Role: Plaintiffs Steering Committee (Chair Discovery Cmte.)

In Re: High Sulfur Content Gasoline Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1632

Leadership Role: Co-Lead Trial Counsel

In Re: Trasylol Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1928

Leadership Role: Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (Chair of Discovery Cmte.)

Publications:

  • Chantix: The Next Mass Tort; AAJ, Section on Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts; Vol. 15, No. 2, Spring 2008;
  • Farm Bill Opens Door for Disadvantaged Farmers; AAJ, Civil Rights, Vol. 16, No. 1, Fall 2008;
  • Bextra – No Different Than Vioxx; AAJ, Section on Toxic & Environmental Torts, Vol. 12, No. 2, Spring 2005
  • Knowing Your Medications; Book published, Nov. 3, 2010. (Editor)

Media:

  • Visual: Movie, Medicating Normal; Host, Law Line, Host, NAS Live (2001-2002); Fox News 6; CBS42; Various other appearance for news media.
  • Print: Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Dow Jones News Wire, Bloomberg, Birmingham News, CNN Money, Wallstreet Journal, etc.

Judges have appointed Mr. Rasmussen to leadership roles in prosecuting claims in the following Multi-District Litigations:

In Re: 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2885

Leadership Role: Joint Armed Services Committee

In Re: Abilify (Aripiprazole) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2734

Leadership Role: Co-Lead Counsel.

In Re: Chantix (Varenicline) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2092

Leadership Role: Plaintiffs Executive Committee

In Re: Viagra (Slidenafil Citrate) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2691

Leadership Role: Plaintiffs Executive Committee.

In Re: Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2592

Leadership Role: Co-Chair of Discovery Subcommittee (Bellwether Sales Representatives)

In Re: Fresenius GranuFlo/Naturalyte Dialysate Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2428

Leadership Role: Plaintiffs Steering Committee

In Re: Bextra and Celebrex Unfair Sales Practices and Prod. Liab. Lit., MDL No. 1699

Leadership Role: Plaintiffs Steering Committee (Chair Discovery Cmte.)

In Re: High Sulfur Content Gasoline Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1632

Leadership Role: Co-Lead Trial Counsel

In Re: Trasylol Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1928

Leadership Role: Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (Chair of Discovery Cmte.)

Publications:

  • Chantix: The Next Mass Tort; AAJ, Section on Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts; Vol. 15, No. 2, Spring 2008;
  • Farm Bill Opens Door for Disadvantaged Farmers; AAJ, Civil Rights, Vol. 16, No. 1, Fall 2008;
  • Bextra – No Different Than Vioxx; AAJ, Section on Toxic & Environmental Torts, Vol. 12, No. 2, Spring 2005
  • Knowing Your Medications; Book published, Nov. 3, 2010. (Editor)

Media:

  • Visual: Movie, Medicating Normal; Host, Law Line, Host, NAS Live (2001-2002); Fox News 6; CBS42; Various other appearance for news media.
  • Print: Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Dow Jones News Wire, Bloomberg, Birmingham News, CNN Money, Wallstreet Journal, etc.

· Chantix: The Next Mass Tort; AAJ, Section on Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts; Vol. 15, No. 2, Spring 2008;

· Farm Bill Opens Door for Disadvantaged Farmers; AAJ, Civil Rights, Vol. 16, No. 1, Fall 2008;

· Bextra – No Different Than Vioxx; AAJ, Section on Toxic & Environmental Torts, Vol. 12, No. 2, Spring 2005

· Knowing Your Medications; Book published, Nov. 3, 2010. (Editor)

• Visual: Movie, Medicating Normal; Host, Law Line, Host, NAS Live (2001-2002); Fox News 6; CBS42; Various other appearance for news media.

• Print: Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Dow Jones News Wire, Bloomberg, Birmingham News, CNN Money, Wallstreet Journal, etc.

• Practicing Attorney – 22 years (Licensed in Florida and Alabama)

• Founder; Rasmussen Law Firm, LLC

• Shareholder, Vice President, & Department Head; Cory Watson, P.C.

• Associate; Levin Papantonio, LLP

• Special Assistant United States Attorney; Northern Dist. Of Florida

•  JAG Officer; United States Navy

2018: $1.2 million confidential settlement, pharmaceutical products liability

2013: $4 million confidential settlement, pharmaceutical products liability

2012: $64 million confidential settlement, pharmaceutical products liability

2010: $41.5 million confidential settlement of consumer class action

$5.75 million pharmaceutical products liability 2009: $1.36 million pharmaceutical products liability settlement

2008: $3.75 million pharmaceutical products liability

2007: $1.2 million for client involved in an automobile collision multiple injuries, including the non-paralyzing fracture of a cervical vertebra $102 million co-lead trial counsel in consumer class action

2006: $2.7 million for pharmaceutical, products liability case

$98 million working with national co-lead counsel in securities class action 2005: $2.8 million for pharmaceutical, products liability case

Education

  • J.D., Mississippi College School of Law,
  • M.A., United States Naval War College,
  • B.A., The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina,

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama,
  • Florida,
  • All U.S. Military Trial Courts and Courts of Appeal,
  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Foreign Legal Consultant,
  • Florida and Alabama All Federal Judicial Districts,

Awards

  • Super Lawyer distinction
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • New York City Bar Association, Trial Advocacy Award
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Florida
  • United States Navy, Officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps
  • Global War on Terrorism Medal
  • Navy Achievement Medal

Professional Activities

  • Volunteer, Veterans Legal Help Desk
  • American Association for Justice, Leaders Forum
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Escambia-Santa Rosa County Bar Association
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Florida First Judicial Circuit Association
  • Little League Coach, Retired