Lawyers in mass tort actions typically work in groups. Usually 3-10 law firms form a group or consortium to work and fund the cases. These groups form steering committees to push litigation forward, develop strategy, and direct all aspects of the litigation. The reasons for creating these consortiums to handle mass tort cases are twofold. First, mass tort actions are highly complicated, take large amounts of money to fund, and involve voluminous documents and paperwork. Secondly, mass tort actions require a high degree of specialization in the subject matter and law of the action. Consequently, by law firms grouping together, both the financial resources and necessary expertise to prevail in mass tort actions can be acquired. When needed, the group even may bring in other firms who have greater expertise in a certain area. Some firms are known for being great litigators and trial attorneys; other firms have expertise in securities, while still others specialize in litigation involving pharmaceuticals or defective drugs or products, to name just a few.
So, given the highly specialized nature of mass tort cases and the substantial financial resources that are required to litigate such cases, it is critical to find consortiums with not only the financial resources, but also the necessary expertise to evaluate your case, give the appropriate legal advice – and, most importantly — be able to litigate and obtain a favorable judgment in your case. Large entities that have harmed others are less likely to compensate those they have harmed unless they know they will be forced to do so. Therefore, hiring a group of lawyers that are the right match for your case is crucial to getting the best possible resolution in your case.