Christine is an experienced product liability litigation attorney who focuses her practice on the defense of tobacco companies in smoking and health litigation. She has defended manufacturers in complex cases in which medical and scientific facts were at issue, including in mass tort and class action litigation. Her experience includes litigating cases in both state and federal courts. Christine has substantial experience in all phases of discovery and trial preparation as well as expert witness development.

Christine spent seven years litigating nearly 30 smoking and health cases in Puerto Rico in both federal and commonwealth courts. All of those cases were decided in favor of the defendants; many were decided via summary judgment, with the summary judgments upheld on appeal. In one of the suits resolved in defendants’ favor on summary judgment, the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals adopted, for the first time, the Daubert standard for expert opinion testimony. That Puerto Rico Court of Appeals ruling was later affirmed by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court.

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    • Christine has also successfully defended a large national laboratory in pap smear product liability litigation.
    • In addition to her private practice work, Christine spent two years practicing inhouse at GTE Communications/Verizon Communications.
    • Christine also spends a substantial amount of her time doing pro bono work for families who have children with autism and other special needs.
    • Specifically, Christine represents families in dealing with the public schools in Georgia to ensure that special needs students receive from the public schools the special education services to which they are entitled.

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    Bar admissions

    1994, Georgia

    2008, Florida

    Admitted to practice before:

    • US District Court in the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia
    • First, Fourth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal

    Education

    • J.D., 1994, Wake Forest University School of Law
      • cum laude
    • 1993-1994, Emory School of Law
    • B.A., 1990, Vanderbilt University
      • magna cum laude
    • 1988-1999, Universidad Complutense De Madrid, Vanderbilt-in-Spain Program