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Adam Spicer, a partner in King & Spalding’s Trial & Global Disputes practice, is a trial lawyer who serves as trial counsel in high-exposure cases involving complex scientific, medical, regulatory, and reputational issues in some of the country’s most difficult jurisdictions. He has represented pharmaceutical, medical device, agricultural and chemical manufacturers in both mass tort and single plaintiff cases throughout the country. He also has significant experience defending pharmaceutical and medical device clients in state Attorneys General actions.

Noted by one client as a “dynamo and a very formidable adversary,” as well as a “thoughtful advocate with impressive judgment and tireless dedication,” Adam is known for his ability to work collegially with lawyers in other firms as part of a trial team or Virtual Law Firm. One such lawyer was quoted in Law360 as saying, “I have been lucky to work with [Adam] during several trials. Adam is like the eye of a hurricane – he stays calm in the midst of chaos and strategically assesses trial themes. And he’s a nice guy.”

Prior to becoming an attorney, Adam served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1998-2002. He received Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, a Navy Letter of Commendation, and Navy Sea Service Awards.

Recent Publications 

Co-Author, “Coordination among Federal Prosecutors, Regulators, and Civil Enforcers: Questions Abound, “ABA, Section of Litigation Mass Torts Newsletter, Vol. 14, No. 3. Summer 2016.

Co-Author, “Social Media and the Legal Profession—Where Is the Ethical Line?” ABA Section of Litigation Mass Torts News & Developments, March 31, 2015.

Author, “Increasing Coordination among Federal Prosecutors, Regulators, and Civil Enforcers,” ABA Section of Litigation, Mass Torts Newsletter, Summer 2015.

Author, “Effective Strategies for Neutralizing the Adverse Prescribing or Treating Physician at Deposition and Trial,” DRI’s 30th Annual Drug and Medical Device Seminar, May 2014.

Author, “FDA Considers Changes to its OTC Drug Review, Potentially Affecting Over 300,000 Drug Products,” ABA Section of Litigation Mass Torts Newsletter, April 30, 2014.

Co-Author, “Mississippi Jury Instructions for Product Liability Claims and Defenses,” PLAC Handbook of Jury Instructions, 2009.

Recent Speaking Engagements

Panelist, “Recent Trends in the American Legal System,” ABA Regional Continuing Legal Education (CLE), Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Lawrence Township, N.J., October 2017.

Speaker, “Connecting the Voir Dire and Opening Statement … And Why it Matters,” Trial Practice Seminar, FedEx Worldwide Headquarters, Memphis, Tenn., May 28, 2015.

Speaker, “Potential Criminal and Regulatory Implications of Pharmaceutical,Biotechnology, and Medical Device Products Liability Lawsuits,” Continuing Legal Education for global healthcare client, April 21, 2015.

Panelist, "The Dos and Don'ts of Trial Practice," ABA Environmental, Mass Torts & Products Liability Litigation Committees' Joint CLE Seminar, Aspen, Colo., 2015.

Speaker, DRI’s 30th Annual Drug and Medical Device Seminar, Washington, D.C., “Effective Strategies for Neutralizing the Adverse Prescribing or Treating Physician at Deposition and Trial,” May 2014.

 

Admitted only in Mississippi.
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Credentials

J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law

B.A., University of Southern Mississippi, with honors

Mississippi

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

American Bar Association

Capital Area Bar Association

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Magnolia Bar Association

Mississippi Bar Association

National Bar Association

Named a Mid-South Rising Star, Personal Injury - Products: Defense


Super Lawyers®, 2012-2018

Named a Top 10 “Up and Coming” Attorney


Portico Jackson, 2014

Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, Stanford Law School


2010

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals

Navy Letter of Commendation

Navy Sea Service Awards

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Recognition

Named a Mid-South Rising Star, Personal Injury - Products: Defense


Super Lawyers®, 2012-2018

Named a Top 10 “Up and Coming” Attorney


Portico Jackson, 2014

Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, Stanford Law School


2010

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals

Navy Letter of Commendation

Navy Sea Service Awards

News

In the News · Source: The Deal, Financial Times, Law360, Daily Report, Bloomberg Big Law Business and Bloomberg Law

November 1, 2019
Pharma and life sciences trial partner Adam Spicer joins the firm's Trial & Global Disputes practice group in Atlanta

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Matters

Trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, Inc. in McFarland et al. v. Ethicon Inc. et al., Case No. 130701577, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, involving pelvic mesh; hung jury and mistrial following a four-week trial (2018). Subsequent 2019 verdict now on appeal.

Trial counsel for Monsanto in product liability action involving allegations that polychlorinated biphenyls caused the plaintiffs’ non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Multi-week, multi-plaintiff trial in St. Louis, Missouri (2016).

Trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in product liability case involving allegations that prescription antipsychotic medication caused plaintiff’s tardive dyskinesia (2014).

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Trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, Inc. in McFarland et al. v. Ethicon Inc. et al., Case No. 130701577, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, involving pelvic mesh; hung jury and mistrial following a four-week trial (2018). Subsequent 2019 verdict now on appeal.

Trial counsel for Monsanto in product liability action involving allegations that polychlorinated biphenyls caused the plaintiffs’ non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Multi-week, multi-plaintiff trial in St. Louis, Missouri (2016).

Trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in product liability case involving allegations that prescription antipsychotic medication caused plaintiff’s tardive dyskinesia (2014).

Trial Counsel for Johnson & Johnson in In re: Topamax Litigation, in the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA, involving allegations that a prescription anti-epileptic medication caused birth defects (2014).

Trial Counsel (Co-Lead), Moser v. Atmos Energy Corp., et. al, Circuit Court of Hinds County, MS for construction company in case alleging that construction negligence caused plaintiff to suffer severe burns due to a natural gas explosion (2014).

Trial Counsel for Johnson & Johnson in In re: Topamax Litigation, in the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA, involving allegations that a prescription anti-epileptic medication caused birth defects (2013).

Lead Trial Counsel, English v. Rebelwood Apartments RP, LP et al. in wrongful death (premises liability) case in Hinds County, Mississippi; resulted in mistrial due to hung jury (2012).

Lead Trial Counsel, Suzette Smith v. The Waggoners Trucking Corporation, et al. for a national trucking company, in Washington County, Mississippi; Plaintiff sought over $3.5 million for permanent and severe neck and spinal cord injuries suffered in an accident involving an 18-wheeler; resulted in complete defense verdict (2012). Although the plaintiff did not prevail at trial, she and her family sent a gift and a kind note to Adam after trial that read “Thank you for the kindness and dignity you showed us during the trial.” (2012)

Trial Counsel, Timothy R. Jones Jr. v. NES Equipment Services Corporation d/b/a NES Rentals; tried in Mississippi federal court; resulted in complete defense verdict (2009).

Provided on-site trial support (e.g., assisted with development of trial strategy, witness preparation, etc.) to lead trial counsel in the following cases:

Christina Su v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. – Product liability action involving prescription drug Fosamax. Atlantic County, New Jersey (2012).

Jo Ann Sessner v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.- Second New Jersey bellwether product liability case involving prescription drug Fosamax; resulted in defense verdict (2012).

Beare/Gaffney v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. – Six-week trial in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic County; resulted in complete defense verdicts (2011).

Rosenberg v. Merck – First Fosamax case to go to trial in New Jersey coordinated mass tort litigation; resulted in defense verdict (2011).

Louise Maley v. Merck & Co., Inc. – Trial in United States District Court for the Southern

District of New York; resulted in defense verdict. (2010).

Shirley Boles v. Merck & Co., Inc. – First bellwether MDL trial in the Fosamax litigation (2009).

News

In the News · Source: The Deal, Financial Times, Law360, Daily Report, Bloomberg Big Law Business and Bloomberg Law

November 1, 2019
Pharma and life sciences trial partner Adam Spicer joins the firm's Trial & Global Disputes practice group in Atlanta

View all

Matters

Trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, Inc. in McFarland et al. v. Ethicon Inc. et al., Case No. 130701577, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, involving pelvic mesh; hung jury and mistrial following a four-week trial (2018). Subsequent 2019 verdict now on appeal.

Trial counsel for Monsanto in product liability action involving allegations that polychlorinated biphenyls caused the plaintiffs’ non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Multi-week, multi-plaintiff trial in St. Louis, Missouri (2016).

Trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in product liability case involving allegations that prescription antipsychotic medication caused plaintiff’s tardive dyskinesia (2014).

See more
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Matters

Trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, Inc. in McFarland et al. v. Ethicon Inc. et al., Case No. 130701577, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, involving pelvic mesh; hung jury and mistrial following a four-week trial (2018). Subsequent 2019 verdict now on appeal.

Trial counsel for Monsanto in product liability action involving allegations that polychlorinated biphenyls caused the plaintiffs’ non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Multi-week, multi-plaintiff trial in St. Louis, Missouri (2016).

Trial counsel for Johnson & Johnson in product liability case involving allegations that prescription antipsychotic medication caused plaintiff’s tardive dyskinesia (2014).

Trial Counsel for Johnson & Johnson in In re: Topamax Litigation, in the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA, involving allegations that a prescription anti-epileptic medication caused birth defects (2014).

Trial Counsel (Co-Lead), Moser v. Atmos Energy Corp., et. al, Circuit Court of Hinds County, MS for construction company in case alleging that construction negligence caused plaintiff to suffer severe burns due to a natural gas explosion (2014).

Trial Counsel for Johnson & Johnson in In re: Topamax Litigation, in the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA, involving allegations that a prescription anti-epileptic medication caused birth defects (2013).

Lead Trial Counsel, English v. Rebelwood Apartments RP, LP et al. in wrongful death (premises liability) case in Hinds County, Mississippi; resulted in mistrial due to hung jury (2012).

Lead Trial Counsel, Suzette Smith v. The Waggoners Trucking Corporation, et al. for a national trucking company, in Washington County, Mississippi; Plaintiff sought over $3.5 million for permanent and severe neck and spinal cord injuries suffered in an accident involving an 18-wheeler; resulted in complete defense verdict (2012). Although the plaintiff did not prevail at trial, she and her family sent a gift and a kind note to Adam after trial that read “Thank you for the kindness and dignity you showed us during the trial.” (2012)

Trial Counsel, Timothy R. Jones Jr. v. NES Equipment Services Corporation d/b/a NES Rentals; tried in Mississippi federal court; resulted in complete defense verdict (2009).

Provided on-site trial support (e.g., assisted with development of trial strategy, witness preparation, etc.) to lead trial counsel in the following cases:

Christina Su v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. – Product liability action involving prescription drug Fosamax. Atlantic County, New Jersey (2012).

Jo Ann Sessner v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.- Second New Jersey bellwether product liability case involving prescription drug Fosamax; resulted in defense verdict (2012).

Beare/Gaffney v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. – Six-week trial in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Atlantic County; resulted in complete defense verdicts (2011).

Rosenberg v. Merck – First Fosamax case to go to trial in New Jersey coordinated mass tort litigation; resulted in defense verdict (2011).

Louise Maley v. Merck & Co., Inc. – Trial in United States District Court for the Southern

District of New York; resulted in defense verdict. (2010).

Shirley Boles v. Merck & Co., Inc. – First bellwether MDL trial in the Fosamax litigation (2009).

News

In the News · Source: The Deal, Financial Times, Law360, Daily Report, Bloomberg Big Law Business and Bloomberg Law

November 1, 2019
Pharma and life sciences trial partner Adam Spicer joins the firm's Trial & Global Disputes practice group in Atlanta

View all

Credentials

J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law

B.A., University of Southern Mississippi, with honors

Mississippi

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

American Bar Association

Capital Area Bar Association

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Magnolia Bar Association

Mississippi Bar Association

National Bar Association

Named a Mid-South Rising Star, Personal Injury - Products: Defense


Super Lawyers®, 2012-2018

Named a Top 10 “Up and Coming” Attorney


Portico Jackson, 2014

Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, Stanford Law School


2010

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals

Navy Letter of Commendation

Navy Sea Service Awards

Icon close

Close

Recognition

Named a Mid-South Rising Star, Personal Injury - Products: Defense


Super Lawyers®, 2012-2018

Named a Top 10 “Up and Coming” Attorney


Portico Jackson, 2014

Graduate, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy, Stanford Law School


2010

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals

Navy Letter of Commendation

Navy Sea Service Awards