Attorneys
Lyn Pruitt

Lyn P. Pruitt

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

Lyn Pruitt focuses her practice on litigation and has built a reputation as one of the country’s most talented and respected litigators. She has amassed a broad range of experience from products cases, consumer class actions and toxic tort matters with particular emphasis in drug and medical device cases. Ms. Pruitt has successfully defended some of the most critical product liability litigation in recent memory and has tried over 60 jury trial cases to verdict.

Ms. Pruitt has served as liaison counsel and trial counsel for national hormone therapy litigation and lead trial counsel for numerous pharmaceutical and medical device companies.  She has served as lead trial counsel in national statin litigation, co-lead trial counsel on a number of national trial teams in pharmaceutical and medical device cases, and lead counsel in products cases. Ms. Pruitt has acted as lead trial counsel in numerous class action cases, including both state and proposed national classes.

Ms. Pruitt has experience in 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.   She has also acted as lead trial counsel in nursing home trials and medical malpractice cases and participated in numerous jury trials as lead counsel during the last thirty years.

Experience

  • Lead counsel in achieving seven jury trial victories in litigation relating to the hormone therapy drug Prempro.
  • Lead counsel for first two bellwether cases to be tried in the country relating to the statin drug Lipitor.
  • Represented defendant insurance company in the first (class action) case to be decided by the United States Supreme Court concerning CAFA jurisdiction.
  • Lead counsel in achieving defense verdicts in nursing home cases.
  • Lead counsel in obtaining defense verdicts in silica cases representing a manufacturer of respiratory equipment.

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

  • 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) and its Drug and Medical Device Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association and its Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Member, Arkansas Bar Association, and its Tort Law Committee, and the 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
  • 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)