Randy has earned a national reputation for products liability and medical
negligence trial law. He began by taking on A.H. Robins on behalf of women
afflicted with pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility as a result
of using the Dalkon Shield contraceptive IUD. Robins' assets and liabilities
were purchased by American Home Products, which in turn funded a $2.47
billion trust fund against which victims across the country were able
to make claims.
He took on many of the major pharmaceutical companies on behalf of women
with cervical cancer as a result of their mothers having ingested Diethylstilbestrol
to prevent miscarriages. The litigation nationally culminated in the case
of Sindell v. Abbott Laboratories imposing market share liability on those
Randy was the Maine liaison to the steering committee of the Silicone Breast
Implant Litigation Group which implemented a $4.2 billion settlement of
He generated millions of dollars for dozens of paralyzed and brain damaged
children injured by the negligently designed three-wheeled All Terrain Vehicle.
Violette v. Smith & Nephew Dyonics, one of a number of cases he tried
involving endoscopic surgical equipment, made its way to the United States
Supreme Court where as a companion to the case of Lohr v. Medtronic, Inc.
the Court held that state tort claims were not preempted by the provisions
of the federal Medical Devices Act of 1976.
Randy successfully defended J.P. Stevens and Co. in over 300 cases that
claimed its products caused asbestosis and mesothelioma in shipyard workers.
He defended Wyeth Laboratories against claims that its influenza vaccines
caused the paralysis, Guillain Barre Syndrome, in persons vaccinated.
After 1995, when influenza vaccines were included in the National Vaccine
Compensation Act, he appeared in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on behalf
of children and adults who have experienced adverse events following vaccination.
He has represented people injured by defective heart valves, pacemakers,
diving boards, swimming pool slides, automobile seat backs, airbags and
door latches, pedicle screws, prosthetic knees and hips, paints and solvents
and a number of pharmaceuticals. In the field of medical negligence, he
has successfully prosecuted cases involving birth injuries, surgical errors,
poor nursing home care, anesthesia errors, medication mistakes and misdiagnoses
and delayed diagnoses of cancer and infections.
Randy has been selected for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates
and serves on the national Board of Directors for the organization. He
was selected for membership in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
(IATL). Membership in IATL is restricted to the top 500 trial lawyers
in the United States and a select international contingent representing
70 countries. He has participated in legal programs in Italy, Spain, Ireland
and Portugal. He has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer and designated
by America's Best Lawyers as the 2015 Plaintiff's Lawyer of the
year for Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice in Portland, Maine.
Randy has taken an active leadership role in the Maine bar. He has served
on the Board of Governors of both the Maine Bar Association and the Maine
Trial Lawyers Association Executive Committee. He was the President of
the MTLA in 2014-2015 and currently serves on the Executive Committee
for that organization. He has served on the Civil Rules Committee, the
Judicial Evaluation Committee, the Judicial Liaison Committee and the
Fee Arbitration Committee.
Married for 50 years, Randy and his wife Jean have 2 children; Lisa, a
school teacher in Biddeford and Randy, a financial planner in Portland,
and 4 grandchildren. They enjoy competitive golf, racquetball and running
as well as hiking, boating and fishing along the Maine coast and cooking
and traveling with family and friends.