Kristen A. Johnson

Title:
Partner
Office:
Boston, Massachusetts
Phone:
(617) 475-1961
Email:
reed@hbsslaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS

Class-action Litigation
Consumer Fraud
RICO
Antitrust


INDUSTRY EXPERTISE

Pharmaceuticals
Medical devices
Health care fraud


BAR ADMISSIONS

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

First Circuit Court of Appeals


EDUCATION

Boston College Law School, J.D.
Dartmouth College, cum laude, B.A.


Public Justice nominated Ms. Johnson and the rest of the Neurontin trial team for Trial Lawyer of the Year for securing a $142 million verdict against Pfizer for suppressing and manipulating results of scientific studies.


Current Role

  • Partner, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro
  • Practice focuses combating waste, fraud, and abuse in the healthcare industry.
  • Personally appointed alternate lead counsel in the In re New England Compounding Pharmacy Litigation Multidistrict Litigation (MDL 2419). During the nascent stages of the MDL, Ms. Johnson was appointed liaison counsel to speak for the hundreds of victims who contracted fungal meningitis orsuffered other serious health problems as a result of receiving contaminated products produced byNECC.
  • Actively involved in In re Nexium Antitrust Litigation (D. Mass., MDL No. 2409); In re Loestrin Antitrust Litigation (D.R.I., MDL No. 2472); and In re Celebrex Antitrust Litigation, (E.D. Va. 14-cv-00361).

Recent Success

  • Lead counsel for plaintiffs who contracted fungal infections from contaminated steroids compounded by New England Compounding Center ($200+ million settlement)
  • One of four attorneys who presented and cross examined witnesses for the plaintiffs during the 2014 Nexium Antitrust trial
  • $142 million civil RICO verdict against Pfizer for suppressing and manipulating results of scientific studies
  • Instrumental in the recent Neurontin marketing ($350 million), Prograf antitrust ($98 million), Flonase antitrust($150 million) and Wellbutrin XL antitrust ($37.5 million, partial) settlements

Recognition

  • In 2014, the National Law Journal honored Ms. Johnson as one of Boston’s Rising Stars, one of 40 outstanding lawyers under 40.
  • In 2011, Public Justice nominated Ms. Johnson and the rest of the Neurontin trial team for Trial Lawyer of the Year for their work in securing a $142 million verdict against Pfizer for suppressing and manipulating the results of scientific studies that showed Neurontin did not work to treat the off-label indications Pfizer was heavily promoting.

Notable Cases

  • Neurontin class action marketing settlement ($325 million)
  • In re Prograf Antitrust Litigation ($98 million)
  • Pfizer Neurontin RICO Litigation ($142 million jury verdict)
  • In re Flonase Antitrust Litigation ($150 million settlement)

Legal Activities

  • Public Justice, Class Action Preservation Committee
  • American Association for Justice

Personal Insight

Ms. Johnson grew up in a family law practice (they literally turned a closet into a playroom) in Canfield, Ohio. Her grandfather, uncle, father, brother and sister are all lawyers, all practice together, and her mother runs the law office. Ms. Johnson’s career choice was perhaps inevitable, though her departure for Boston makes her a bit of a black sheep.