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Yalonda T. Howze

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Yalonda is a litigator and relationship partner whose focus is on the life sciences industry. Yalonda frequently assembles cross-functional teams to meet her clients’ needs and has successfully fostered a collaborative approach to counsel several publicly traded and early-stage life sciences and biotechnology companies on an array of matters. Yalonda and her team also specialize in conducting comprehensive product risk and compliance assessments for clients, and she is national counsel in product liability cases for publicly traded life sciences companies.

Yalonda specializes in complex tort and product liability litigation.

Yalonda currently serves as national counsel in product liability litigation for two publically traded companies and advises with respect to potential commercial and product liability litigation relating to various products, including biologic therapies and assay development. Yalonda also has expertise in alternative billing models, budgeting, and efficient case management of complex cases. She has represented clients in state and federal courts and appeared pro hac in many states. She is a member of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the United States District Court, and United States Court of Appeals for the First, Second and Third Circuit. Yalonda is a member of bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Yalonda also served on a number of Mintz's internal committees, including the firm’s Hiring Committee and its Diversity Committee. She is also director of Mintz’s pro bono initiative in conjunction with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Education

  • University of Virginia (JD)
  • Harvard University (MDiv)
  • University of Michigan (BA)

Experience

  • Currently national counsel representing a U.S.-based publicly traded biotechnology company in multi-jurisdictional product liability disputes involving FDA-approved pharmaceutical drugs and assay test development.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in wrongful death and personal injury actions involving participants in phase III clinical trials.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company in a wrongful death action brought by the estate of a person who died while participating in a company-sponsored phase III clinical trial.
  • Currently representing a European-based publicly traded pharmaceutical company as coordinating counsel in multi-jurisdictional product liability disputes involving an FDA-regulated pharmaceutical drug.
  • Advised a sample and diagnostic testing manufacturer regarding claims related to diagnostic testing and product recall issues, successfully avoiding litigation.
  • Represented a medical device manufacturer in a claim brought by the estate of a patient who died while allegedly using the manufacturer’s medical device.
  • Represented a medical device manufacturer in multi-jurisdictional medical device litigation involving more than 250 individual claims.
     

Recognition & Awards

  • Awarded the Ida B. Wells pioneer award by the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys Association (2016)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Personal Injury Defense: Products (2012-2014)
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Adams Pro Bono Award (2011)
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: “25 Rising Stars of the Bar” (2008)
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce: Boston's Future Leaders (2011)
  • Women’s Leadership Initiative Participant, Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (2011 – 2012)

Involvement

  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Board member, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

Languages

- French

Recent Insights

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Events

Viewpoints

Viewpoint
As our use of AI technology becomes more frequent, interconnected, and integral to daily life, the liability exposure to AI product designers and manufacturers continues to escalate. There are more potential liability risks, including product liability risks, in our current environment than ever. With AI technology embedded in interconnected software and hardware products, gone are the days where we can neatly separate data security and privacy from product liability exposure.
Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court made an important ruling concerning innovator liability with respect to pharmaceuticals. Though precluding negligence and traditional product liability claims against brand-name manufacturers, Chief Justice Gants held that claims alleging intentional, reckless conduct are permitted.

News & Press

This article profiles Mintz as one of the 2018 Law360 Massachusetts Powerhouse law firms. Mike Fantozzi, Managing Member of the firm’s Boston office and the Corporate, Tax, Private Client and Immigration Division Head, is quoted providing commentary throughout the piece. Mike discusses the Boston office’s history; current strengths including corporate, health care, intellectual property, life sciences and litigation; and describes some examples of client successes. Additionally, litigation Members Joe Blute and Yalonda Howze are quoted in Law360’s profile on Mintz. Joe and Yalonda led a team that successfully represented Biogen in a significant matter. Member Alec Zadek is also quoted in the piece discussing his efforts, along with the firm, outside the office in terms of commitment to serving the community. Alec specifically discusses efforts related to protecting the victims of sex trafficking and their individual rights.
Litigation Members Joe Blute, Ralph Campillo and Yalonda Howze are featured in this piece, along with four in-house counsel, discussing the current state of product liability exposures and related litigation. The piece further discusses strategies for manufacturers to minimize product liability exposure, how best to handle discovery, the role testimony from company witnesses plays, among other hot topics.

Events

Panelist
Nov
8
2018

Race and Boston Law: How Can We Fix Our Image and Our Reality?

Mintz, One Financial Center, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA

Panelist
Oct
25
2018

The Pathway Up: Series Kick-Off Reception

Greenberg Traurig LLP - One International Place | Boston, MA

Speaker
Jun
14
2018

Signs of Change: A 40 Year Perspective

Women's Bar Association

John J. Moakley US Courthouse Boston, MA

Speaker
May
16
2018

Women in Law & Leadership

CenterForce USA

Boston, MA