Harris L. Pogust

Harris L. Pogust is a partner of Pogust Braslow & Millrood LLC. Over twenty years of experience in working as lead counsel in class action mass tort litigation.

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Harris L. Pogust is a partner of Pogust Braslow & Millrood LLC, and has spent his career representing people who have been injured not only by the negligence of others, but also by the greed and intentional actions of large corporations across the country, including software companies, manufacturing companies, and pharmaceutical companies, as well as the federal government.

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2012-2016 - Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • New Jersey Law Journal, "Top 40 lawyers Under the Age of 40"
  • Quoted in the Wall Street Journal and other national publications
  • Testified before the United States Senate on two occasions regarding Y2K and technology related legal issues
  • Former Chairman of American Association for Justice's Neurontin Litigation Group and SSRI Litigation Group
  • Guest lecturer at numerous legal conferences across the country
  • Served as lead counsel in the following class action litigations:
    • Courtney v. Medical Manager (software defect)
    • Harman v. Rohm & Haas (environmental injury from landfill waste)
    • Kiser v. PalmOne, Inc. (defective cell phones)
    • Interim Co-Lead Counsel in Beucler v. CPG International Inc.
    • Class Counsel in the landmark Pigford II litigation which resulted in a $1.2 billion dollar settlement with the USDA

For over twenty-five years, Harris has been litigating, bringing to trial, and settling claims on behalf of his injured clients, and has over twenty years of experience in working as lead counsel in class action suits, state court mass tort programs, and federal, multi-district litigation programs. Currently, Harris has served as lead counsel in In re Celexa and Lexapro Products Liability Litigation, E.D. Mo., MDL No. 1736, liaison counsel in In re Paxil, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, No. 1503, and is also representing thousands of African-American farmers in discriminatory lending claims against the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”).

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Derek T. Braslow

Derek T. Braslow is the managing partner of Pogust Braslow & Millrood, LLC and has dedicated his career to seeking justice on behalf of individuals and families who have been injured by a defective product, dangerous pharmaceutical drug or medical device.

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Derek Braslow is known for his compassion to clients and his passion in pursuing justice. He has been a leader in the legal field, notable for being one of the first attorneys to file suit on behalf of families who lost a child, spouse or parent to suicide as a result of psychotropic medication and one of the first to file a suit against investigators, sponsors and institutional review boards for conducting unethical human clinical trials. He has not only represented clients injured by drugs and medical devices but has represented doctors and consumers against insurers, employees wrongfully withheld wages or discriminated against by their employers and those harmed by consumer fraud. Recognized by his peers and clients as a skilled and dedicated attorney, Derek has been voted by his colleagues as a Rising Star and SuperLawyer in the area of Pharmaceutical and Mass Tort litigation in each of the last seven (7) years.

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2012 - 2016 - Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • 2010 - 2011 - PA Rising Star
  • Product Liability Law Firm of the Year, Law360
  • Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel In re Risperdal, Philadelphia CCP
  • Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel: In re Zimmer Durom Hip Cup Liability Lit. – D.N.J.
  • Plaintiffs’ PSC: In re Levaquin Lit.– Atlantic Cty, NJ

Derek has served in numerous Court-appointed leadership positions in other pharmaceutical litigations. Most recently, he was appointed by Hon. Arnold New as Co-Liaison Counsel in In re Risperdal in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. In addition, he was appointed co-liaison counsel in In re Zimmer Durom Hip Cup Liability Litigation in District of New Jersey and to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re Levaquin, Atlantic County, NJ. In the past, has served in a similar capacity in In re Paxil Suicide Litigation, Phila. CCP.

A sought-after speaker at conferences sponsored by the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, Harris Martin and the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, Derek has lectured on issues ranging from Risperdal and gynecomastia, Nexium/Prilosec and kidney disease, federal preemption of drug products, antidepressants and suicide, antibiotics and tendon ruptures, clinical trials, bioethics and pharmaceutical litigation and policy. He currently serves as co-chair of AAJ’s Proton Pump Inhibitor Litigation Group and Zimmer Nexgen Knee Litigation Group and has spoken on both subjects at AAJ’s semi-annual conferences. In addition, Derek has testified before the FDA’s Psychopharmacologic Drug Advisory Committee regarding the risk of suicide and antidepressants and has counseled many clients who have themselves testified before the FDA’s subcommittees regarding the deadly risks of ADHD drugs and antidepressants for children and adolescents. Derek has been featured in multiple documentaries, including the documentary “We’ll Take Care of You,” which premiered at the Flint International Film Festival in May 2007 and has been quoted in numerous articles on the issues of health care reform and the risks of psychotropic medication.

Derek has argued several notable cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the New Jersey Supreme Court, involving insurance coverage and federal preemption of pharmaceutical drugs, including, Colaccico v. GSK, et al. (3d Cir. 2008); 401 Fourth St. v. Investors Ins. Group, (Pa. 2005); Information Spectrum v. The Hartford, (N.J. 2004); and Sylvania Gardens v. Hartford Ins. Co., (3d Cir. 2001).

Derek is a 1993 graduate of University of Pennsylvania and 1996 graduate of Temple University School of Law. While at Temple, he clerked for the Hon. Norma L. Shapiro in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and served as co-chair of Temple’s Women’s Law Caucus. Derek also led Temple’s National Trial Team to a regional championship and was awarded the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association Award for Trial Advocacy.

Derek is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Unites States Supreme Court.

Derek is also a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, National Employment Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, New Jersey Association for Justice and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. He currently serves as an executive committee member for the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society, a board member of Ablechild.org, and is an active member of the Temple Law Alumni Association, Golden Slipper Club & Charities, Public Citizen and Public Justice, and the Philadelphia branch of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Derek is from Cherry Hill, New Jersey and currently resides in suburban Philadelphia. In his spare time, Derek coaches his three daughters’ soccer, basketball and softball teams.

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Tobias L. Millrood

Tobi Millrood is a partner at the firm of Pogust, Braslow & Millrood, LLC in suburban Philadelphia, PA.

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Tobi Millrood brings 18 years of complex litigation experience, with a focus on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. Through his tireless dedication and careful attention to his client’s cases, Mr. Millrood has earned the accolades of his peers, clients, and Courts.

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2009 - 2016 - Pennsylvania Super Lawyer (Mass Tort and Pharmaceutical Liability)
  • 2009 - Product Liability Law Firm of the Year, Law360
  • Plaintiffs’ Lead Liaison Counsel: In re Hormone Therapy – Philadelphia, PA
  • Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel: In re Zimmer NexGen Knee Products Liability – MDL 2272
  • Plaintiffs’ PSC: In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem Lit.– Bergen Cty, NJ
  • Plaintiffs’ PSC: In re Consolidated Fresenius Cases – Superior Ct. Mass.

The first to file a Hormone Therapy lawsuit in the nation, Mr. Millrood dedicated the last ten years to the litigation. Mr. Millrood currently serves as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel in In Re Hormone Therapy Litigation, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. He is also on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in MDL 1507 – In Re Prempro Products Liability and is Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Hormone Therapy Litigation Group. Mr. Millrood has tried three Hormone Therapy cases, obtaining jury verdicts in all four, including verdicts in November, 2009 for $34.3 million and December 2011 for $72.6 million.

Mr. Millrood has served in numerous Court-appointed leadership positions in other pharmaceutical litigations. Most recently, he was appointed by Hon. Rebecca Pallmeyer as Co-Lead Counsel in In re Zimmer Nexgen Knee Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2272. In addition, he currently serves in Court-appointed leadership positions, including the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees of In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and ABG Modular Hip Litigation, Bergen County, NJ (also Discovery Chair) and In re Consolidated Fresenius Cases – Superior Ct. Mass. (also Discovery Chair). In addition, in the past he served in similar capacities on Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees, namely Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents Product Liability Litigation MDL and In re: Guidant Corp Implantable Defibrillators Products Liability Litigation. He was also Court-appointed to the Executive Committee of MDL 1481, In re Meridia Products Liability Litigation. Mr. Millrood speaks frequently at various seminars, on the topics of Mass Tort Litigation, Hormone Therapy, Granuflo, Stryker Rejuvenate, Metal-on-Metal Hips, Zimmer Knees, the Ethics of Settling Mass Tort Cases, Trial Strategies and Electronic Discovery.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Millrood garnered several notable achievements, including serving as co-counsel in a $22 million medical malpractice verdict in Wallace v. Fraider (Phila. CCP Mar. 2001), one of the highest in state history.

Mr. Millrood is a current member of both the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ) Board of Governors. He was elected by the AAJ Board of Governors to the AAJ Executive Committee. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the District of New Jersey, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Court of Federal Claims and the Third Circuit.

Mr. Millrood resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and three sons.

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T. Matthew Leckman

Matt began his career with Pogust Braslow & Millrood, LLC in 2005, as an associate with the firm. As a result of his accomplishments and contributions to the firm, Matt was named a partner at PBM in 2011.

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After law school and before going into practice, Matt Leckman spent two years clerking for the Honorable Ronald D. Castille (now Chief Justice) of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Since joining PBM in 2005, he has focused his practice on mass torts and complex pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. He handles all facets of litigation, including case evaluation, pleadings, discovery, motion practice, trial, settlement negotiations, and appellate work.

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2011-2016 - Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Rising Star
  • 2011 - The National Trial Lawyers Association, Top 40 Under 40
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Mock Trial Competition, Champion (2002, 2003), Best Advocate (2003)
  • 2003 - Temple University Beasley School of Law, Barrister Award
  • 2003 - Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, James J. Manderino Award for Trial Advocacy
  • 2003 - Center for Forensic Economic Studies, Most Promising Litigator Award

In his early years at the firm, Matt focused his practice on the litigation of antidepressant suicide injury cases. Matt’s extensive work in cases such as In re: Paxil Litigation (Phila. Ct. Comm. Pls.) and In re: Celexa and Lexapro Products Liability Litigation (MDL. 1736) helped lead to resolution of dozens of claims involving antidepressants and suicidality. Matt was also central in the trial court and appellate briefing for the plaintiff in Colacicco v. Apotex, et al., which involved the question of federal preemption in pharmaceutical drug cases and in which the United States Supreme Court eventually ruled in favor of the plaintiff.

In 2009, Matt began working on cases involving hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in both Philadelphia and in federal courts across the country. Matt represented hundreds of HRT clients, with injuries ranging from blood clots to breast cancer.  He represented these clients in every facet of litigation, including successful trials.  In November 2009, Matt assisted as trial counsel in Kendall v. Wyeth, et al., where a woman claimed that her use of combination HRT drugs caused her breast cancer. After a five-week trial, the jury found in the plaintiff’s favor, awarding her $6.3 million in compensatory damages and $28 million in punitive damages. After the trial court reduced the punitive award, Matt chaired the briefing of the appeal that successfully resulted in reinstatement of the entire award by the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

In December 2011, Matt served as co-lead trial counsel in the trial of Mulderig, et al. v. Wyeth, et al. In that case, three separate women brought claims against Wyeth for their breast cancers. Following the first phase of the trial on medical causation and damages, the jury awarded an aggregate of $72.6 million in compensatory damages, which represented the largest personal injury verdict in Philadelphia in 2011 and one of the highest in the history of the court.

More recently, Matt has spent time litigating on behalf of clients in cases involving the dialysis products GranuFlo and NaturaLyte; prescription testosterone replacement therapy (TRT); the antidepressant drug Cymbalta; internal injuries from Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters; and bleeding problems from the prescription blood thinner, Xarelto.  Since 2014, Matt has served on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee (PSC) in In re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2545) before the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly in the Northern District of Illinois.  Matt continues his practice as an active trial attorney, and in 2015 served as lead trial counsel in two consecutive jury trials involving Cymbalta “withdrawal” injuries in federal court in California.

Matt works relentlessly on behalf of his clients, and devotes his zeal to ensuring successful resolution – whether by way of settlement or verdict – no matter the litigation.

Matt was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and he and his family make their home in suburban Philadelphia. Matt has been privileged to serve as a speaker and lecturer on a variety of topics for the American Association of Justice and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association.  In past years, he also served as both an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy and mock trial coach at the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

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Andrew J. Sciolla

Andrew J. Sciolla has been a civil litigation attorney at Pogust Braslow & Millrood LLC since 2006. As a result of his accomplishments and contributions to the firm, Andrew was named a partner at PBM in 2013.

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Andrew Sciolla has considerable experience litigating an array of cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Specifically, he has served as counsel for individual and classes of workers, patients, and consumers in cases including complex pharmaceutical drug and device injuries, consumer class actions, wage and hour violations, medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, and contract disputes. He handles all facets of litigation, including case evaluation, pleadings, discovery, motion practice, trial, settlement negotiations, and appellate work.

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2012 - 2016 - Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Rising Star
  • Regional Champion, Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) Mock Trial Competition
  • National Runner-Up, Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) Mock Trial Competition
  • Temple Law School, Barrister Award
  • Andrew Gay Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy

Andrew is committed to obtaining full and fair compensation for each of his clients and has successfully negotiated settlements on their behalf against such companies as Glaxosmithkline, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Kimberly-Clark Healthcare, University of Phoenix, TD Bank, and Level 3 Communications among others. His work has also extended beyond the courtroom and into the classroom as he is an adjunct professor and trial team instructor at Drexel University’s Earle Mack School of Law.

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Mike Daly

Mike Daly joined Pogust Braslow & Millrood, LLC in 2014.

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Mike Daly joined Pogust Braslow & Millrood, LLC in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Mike was a healthcare litigation associate in a large Philadelphia-based defense firm where he represented medical facilities and healthcare professionals in civil liability cases.

At PBM, Mike represents individuals throughout the country in class action and mass tort claims involving consumer fraud, environmental harm, defective medical devices, and harmful pharmaceuticals. Currently, Mike serves on the Law & Briefing, Science, Discovery, and Generic committees in the Zofran birth injury MDL. Mike is also counsel for bellwether cases in the Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Mentor vaginal mesh MDLs, and was bellwether counsel in the GranuFlo dialysate MDL. Additionally, Mike is heavily involved in the litigation involving certain hernia mesh products, and in fact serves as the Co-Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Hernia Mesh Litigation Group.

Mike was born, raised, and educated in Pennsylvania and has spent most of his life in the greater Philadelphia region. He is a proud 2007 graduate of Penn State and 2010 graduate of the Villanova School of Law, where he served as an executive member of the Moot Court Board and worked as a research assistant for Constitutional Law professor, Tuan Samahon. In his ever-dwindling spare time, Mike is an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, and volunteers as pro bono counsel for Philadelphia VIP legal services.

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Sarah O. Schindler

Sarah O. Schindler joined Pogust Braslow & Millrood in 2015 and currently focuses her practice on complex litigation involving dangerous and defective products and consumer fraud.

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Prior to joining PBM, Sarah Schindler spent two years as Mass Tort Law Clerk in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas’ Complex Litigation Center. In that capacity, she assisted the Honorable Arnold L. New in adjudicating thousands of cases involving pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and asbestos-containing products. Sarah knew that after her clerkship, she wanted to dedicate her practice to representing injured plaintiffs. She had started honing her skills early on, spending much of her time during law school working on catastrophic accident and medical malpractice cases at another prominent Philadelphia firm.

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Apart from her work at PBM, Sarah is actively involved in the community through her roles as a cabinet member and social outreach chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, and as a member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, and the Brandeis Law Society. She also handles cases pro bono through Philadelphia VIP.

Sarah was born and raised in Lower Merion, currently lives in Center City, and is a lover of all things Philadelphia.

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