Ellen Relkin, whose practice focuses on pharmaceutical and medical device product liability and toxic tort matters, has represented plaintiffs injured by the birth control patch Ortho Evra, the acne drug Accutane, the oral contraceptives Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella, Hydroxycut dietary supplement products, defective Zimmer Durom Cup hip implants, and those who suffered serious health problems related to their mother’s use of the drug DES during pregnancy, among other defective medical products. In April 2006, she was part of the trial team that secured a $13.5 million verdict (case # ATL L 1296-05) against Merck in a failure-to-warn case involving Vioxx and the risk for heart attack and she successfully defended the compensatory damage verdict on appeal. Ms. Relkin is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney, has spoken on scientific evidence issues and has published articles on the subject in the CARDOZO LAW REVIEW and the DICKINSON JOURNAL OF ENVI RONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY. In addition, Ms. Relkin serves on the board of advisors for the BNA PRODUCT SAFETY AND LIABILITY REPORTER, the TOXICS LAW REPORTER, and the MDEX DAUBERT REPORTER. She is a Fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute and an elected member of the American Law Institute, the New York State and New Jersey Trial Lawyers Associations, and the New Jersey, New York and American Bar Associations. In addition, Ms. Relkin is a member of the American Association for Justice and is a former Chair of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts.
Founded in the late 1940s and incorporated in 1976, the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ) is headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey. NJAJ is a statewide association of over 2,700 members in private practice and public service, paralegals, law clerks, law students and law school graduates not yet admitted to the bar. NJAJ is dedicated to protecting New Jersey’s families by working to preserve and strengthen the laws for safer products and workplaces, a cleaner environment and quality health care.