“We excel at protecting the rights of injured claimants because of our focused approach to each case. We are ready and prepared from day one to go to trial. Our opposing counsel and the firms they represent know this about us and respect our commitment,” says Jeffrey B. Simon, founding shareholder of Simon Greenstone Panatier, PC.
Founding and managing shareholder David C. Greenstone agrees. “When Jeffrey and I started the firm, we wanted to handle righteous lawsuits in courtrooms all over the country. We wanted to become the top trial firm handling that type of work and we realized the need for a fierce commitment to go the distance for every client. We wanted to be trailblazers. And we wanted to build a firm to fight for justice in the most serious cases. From the beginning, even before forming the firm, we saw eye-to-eye on the law, the business of law, and on personal relationships. We were and are truly kindred spirits.”
“In any partnership when you work as closely and intensely as we work together you can expect disagreements on strategy, tactics, or business concerns,” Simon says. “But in David I have a partner who is resolutely honest. He is as committed as I am to doing things the right way – period. We’ve never had a single serious or troublesome disagreement in our entire career together. On all important matters, we are on the same wavelength. You can’t have a better law partner.”
Founded in 2006, Simon Greenstone Panatier, PC is as aggressive as it is passionate about representing victims in complex legal disputes. The “righteous cases” they seek have a very simple explanation. They are cases in which someone has been seriously harmed by the wrongdoing of another, usually a large corporation.
The two trailblazers and their team, including 30 plaintiff attorneys, have achieved remarkable success in their drive to get justice for their clients.
For example, Greenstone and named partner Chris Panatier obtained groundbreaking verdicts of $13 million and $25 million in cosmetic talc mesothelioma cases in California. Then Greenstone and partner Stu Purdy obtained a $40 million verdict in another California cosmetic talc mesothelioma case, which was recognized as one of the highest and most impactful verdicts in the U.S. that year. Shortly thereafter, Panatier played a key role in obtaining a $750 million talc mesothelioma verdict in New Jersey, which is still the largest recorded verdict in any asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit. Purdy, who also runs the firm’s California office, recently obtained a $4.8 million verdict against a supplier of cosmetic talc.
The firm is also taking a huge lead in seeking justice for victims of pharmaceutical companies that have made, marketed and sold opioid drugs that have created an epidemic throughout the nation. The firm represents more than 40 counties in Texas opioid litigation and Simon was instrumental in negotiating and securing more than $2.75 billion in settlements to be used for harm reduction statewide.
In addition, partner Charles Soechting recently obtained a large verdict and several substantial settlements for a highway worker who was injured on the side of the road during a rainstorm during which the jobsite should have been shut down. Another recent case earned a $1.75 million settlement on behalf of clients who alleged workplace misconduct in the Collin County District Attorney’s office.
“I am extremely proud of the team that Jeffrey and I have put together over the years,” says Greenstone. “Our partner Chris Panatier has been one of the top trial lawyers in the country for many years. Our partner Leah Kagan has been a true pioneer of cosmetic talc litigation nationwide and is one of the foremost authorities on the subject. Brendan Tully, our partner who runs our New York City office, is a leading authority on international products liability cases and is an outstanding and accomplished trial attorney. Stu Purdy is also an outstanding trial attorney, who has played a vital role in the success of our California office. Charles Soechting runs our catastrophic injury department, while also obtaining excellent trial results across the country. And our newest partners, Jacey Hornecker, Debbie Bryant and Tiffany Dickenson are brilliant lawyers who run our law and motions and intake departments, respectively. And our associate attorneys, professionals and support staff are simply unparalleled. We would be nothing without this remarkable team of dedicated individuals, who are all committed to providing exceptional representation to our clients.”