Attorneys
Lyn Pruitt

Lyn P. Pruitt

Member
Email:lpruitt@mwlaw.com
Phone:(501) 688.8869
Location: Little Rock
Bar Admissions: Arkansas

Lyn P. Pruitt has built a reputation as one of the country’s most talented and respected litigators defending pharmaceutical and medical device companies in the most critical product liability cases over the past 20 years. With years of extensive trial experience, she has served as first-chair in over 60 jury trials to verdict.  She also represents Fortune 500 companies in consumer class actions and toxic tort matters.

Experience

  • Served as lead trial counsel in Xarelto (Rivaroxaban) products liability litigation achieving defense verdict in third bellwether trial.
  • Defended hormone therapy drug Prempro as lead counsel achieving seven jury trial victories.
  • Represented national statin company and statin drug Lipitor as lead trial counsel for first two bellwether cases.
  • Represented defendant insurance company in the first (class action) case to be decided by the United States Supreme Court concerning CAFA jurisdiction.
  • Defended manufacturer of respiratory equipment as lead counsel obtaining defense verdicts in silica cases.
  • Represented pharmaceutical and medical device companies as co-lead trial counsel on national trial teams.
  • Served as lead trial counsel in achieving defense verdicts in nursing home cases and medical malpractice cases.
  • Served as lead trial counsel in numerous class action cases, including both state and proposed national classes.
  • Managed class certification arguments and briefing in both state and federal courts; class certification arguments at the Arkansas Supreme Court level; obtaining, preparing and presenting class action and merits experts; and preparing class action cases for trial on the merits.

Education

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law J.D., with honors (1984)
  • Ouachita Baptist University B.A., summa cum laude (1980)

Professional Recognition

  • Mid-South Super Lawyers: PI - Products Defense, 2017
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers: Top 50 Arkansas Lawyers, 2017
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers: Top 50 Female Lawyers, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America, in Little Rock (since 2001)
  • The Best Lawyers in America:  Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation- Defendants, in Little Rock (2011-2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America:  Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, in Little Rock (2013-2018)
  • Chambers USA: Ranked in General Commercial Litigation and Medical Malpractice Defense Litigation in Arkansas (2017)
  • Best Lawyers:   Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in Little Rock (2016)
  • Benchmark Litigation - Product Liability, Environmental, Toxic Tort, Local Litigation Star (2013-2015)
  • Chambers USA: Litigation: General Commercial and Medical Malpractice (2015)
  • Best Lawyers:  Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" in Little Rock (2013)
  • Benchmark Litigation - Top 250 Women in Litigation - Arkansas (2013-2014)
  • Super Lawyers:  Corporate Counsel Edition, Personal Injury – Products Liability
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers Top 50 Lawyers
  • The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers
  • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers

Involvement

  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
    • Trial Director, IADC Trial Academy (2017)
    • Faculty, IADC Trial Academy
    • IADC Board of Directors (2004-2008)
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) (Participated in Masters In Trial Program)
  • Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • DRI Drug and Medical Device Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Member, Arkansas Bar Association
    • ABA Tort Law Committee
    • ABA Civil Procedure Committee
  • Member, Arkansas Civil Jury Instructions Committee (Appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court)
  • Former Chair, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • Fellow, Arkansas Bar Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Arkansas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, William R. Overton Inn of Court
  • Member, Pulaski County Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy, University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law (2002-2007)