Beth Rose ’84, P’14, of Sills Cummis and Gross P.C., was recognized as one of the 10 Most Admired Product Liability Attorneys by Law 360: Newswire for Business Lawyers.
Rose, whose specialty is defending pharmaceutical and medical device companies facing product liability and mass tort litigation, has “earned a reputation as a quick thinker and a team player,” according to fellow litigators who nominated her for the title.
A history major at Wesleyan, she received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and joined Sills Cummis immediately afterward. Her first case involved defending medical device manufacturer Becton Dickinson & Company in a lawsuit filed by a nurse who pricked her finger on a needle after drawing blood from an HIV-positive patient. The nurse alleged that the design was defective and without proper warnings.
Rose found this first case so intriguing that she began developing expertise in this area, even before legal specialization became common practice.
“What I really love about this type of litigation is that with each new case you have the opportunity to learn about a different product and how it was developed and labeled. It’s really interesting and it never gets boring,” Rose said in the article.
Her fellow Sills Cummis product liability attorney Stuart Feinblatt described her as “aggressive, but in a very diplomatic way. She’s 100 percent committed to the client’s interests but she’s able to interface with opposing counsel in a nice way, which reaches a consensus that’s favorable to the client.”