Professional Experience

Ms. Lee-Germain is Of Counsel to Olivarez Madruga Lemieux O’Neill and has participated in civil litigation disputes involving, among other matters, general liability, personal injury, employment, product liability, pharmaceutical and medical devices, the Unfair Business Practices Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Information Practices Act and the Fair Housing and Employment Act.

She has participated in many cases designated as Multi-District Litigation relating to various pharmaceutical and medical device products.

Ms. Lee-Germain has been responsible for the managing and handling of all aspects of litigation, including preparation and practice involving pleadings, written discovery, deposition discovery including experts, procedural and dispositive pre-trial motions, as well as trial, settlement conferences, mediations, administrative and appellate proceedings.

Ms. Lee-Germain is also an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor and is able to represent NFL players in all aspects of the NFL draft including the negotiation their contractors with NFL teams.

Selected Representative Matters

  • Lopez v. City of Inglewood. Defended City and four police officers in a wrongful death/civil rights (42 U.S.C. § 1983) / battery action in the death of a suspect under the influence of Methamphetamine involving allegations of restraint and positional asphyxiation. The case settled after seven days of trial.
  • Belser v. City of Inglewood. Obtained summary judgment for the City in this action where Plaintiff’s finger was amputated. Plaintiff, a minor, alleged that a swing-set at the City’s park constituted a dangerous condition in violation of Gov. Code § 835 when her finger was caught in the link and was amputated when she dismounted. Affirmed on appeal.
  • Carter v. Inglewood Unified School District, et al. Defended District in a breach of settlement action involving allegations of defamation and due process violations against District administrators. Obtained favorable settlement and resolution.
  • Thompson v. Inglewood Unified School District, et al. Defended District in a breach of settlement action involving allegations of defamation, due process violations against District administrators. Motion for Anti-SLAPP granted and affirmed on appeal.
  • Austin v. City of Inglewood. Defended City in a personal injury matter where plaintiff alleged injuries from tripping and falling on City sidewalk. Motion for Summary Judgment granted.
  • McPherson v. Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. Defended District in an employment action where former employee alleged disability discrimination. Favorable settlement reached.
  • Monti v. Montebello Unified School District. Defended District in an employment action brought by certificated employee alleging discrimination and retaliation. Motion for Summary Judgment granted and affirmed on appeal.
  • L-Tryptophan Multi-District Litigation. Defended manufacturer of supplement in a national product liability action where multiple plaintiffs from around the country alleged that their use of L-Tryptophan resulted in injury.
  • Havner v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer in a products liability action where plaintiff alleged that her birth defects resulted from her mother’s ingestion of Bendectin during pregnancy.
  • Wilson v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer in a products liability action where plaintiff alleged that her birth defects were caused by her mother’s ingestion of Bendectin during pregnancy.
  • Gandy v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer in a products liability action where plaintiff alleged that his birth defects were caused by his mother’s use of Clomid during pregnancy.
  • Lust v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer in a products liability action where plaintiff alleged that his birth defects were caused by his mother’s use of Clomid during pregnancy.
  • Cowart v. Smith & Nephew Richards. Defended medical device manufacturer where plaintiff alleges that his hip implant was defective.
  • Martin v. Baxter Healthcare. Defended medical device manufacturer where plaintiff alleged defendant’s heart valve was defective.
  • Solomon v. Marion Merrell Dow. Defended pharmaceutical manufacturer where plaintiff alleged her injuries  were caused by her use of defendant’s product.
  • Wenzel v. Marion Merrell Dow, County of Los Angeles & Harbor UCLA Research Institute. Represented pharmaceutical manufacturer and hospital in an action involving a clinical trial where plaintiff, a participant in the trial, alleged injury by the tested pharmaceutical.
  • Wilson v. California Clinical Trials, Upjohn. Represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in an action where plaintiff alleged she was injured during a clinical trial for defendant’s new drug application.
  • Aldaz v. Nestle Food Corp. Represented manufacturer in a products liability action where plaintiffs claimed that defendant’s food product contained PCP, which was ingested by them.
  • Villarreal v. Robert E. McKee, Inc. Represented general contractor in a personal injury matter where one of its subcontractor’s employees was injured on the project site in a scaffolding accident.
  • Ho Yun Ho v. Robert E. McKee, Inc. Represented general contractor in a personal injury matter where an employee of the owner was injured in a slip and fall.
  • Parker v. Robert E. McKee, Inc. Represented the general contractor in a personal injury matter where an employee of the owner was injured in a slip and fall.
  • Kobelt v. GTE Corp, Plastic Services and Products. Represented the manufacturer of PVC piping where plaintiff was injured in a construction accident.
  • Evans v. Proctor and Gamble. Represented manufacturer of a product in a Business and Professions Code § 17200 false and misleading advertising/deceptive Business Practices Act matter.
  • In re TMJ Litigation. Represented a manufacturer of Teflon, a bulk supplier, where plaintiffs alleged that they were injured by co-defendant’s TMJ implant.
  • In re Toyota Litigation. Participated in discovery process, specifically depositions of OSI, involving similar incidents of people who had acceleration issues with their Toyotas and Lexuses.

Admissions & Associations

  • State Bar of California (1990)
  • All U.S. District Courts of California
  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • NFLPA Contract Advisor

Speaking & Publications

  • Foreign Deposition Hazards, National Law Journal, November 1994

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