BRENDA S. FULMER is a shareholder with the law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, one of the largest personal injury law firms in Florida. For the past 18 years, her practice has focused on the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device mass torts litigation. Over the years, she has represented thousands of claimants in individual actions filed in state and federal courts involving Actos, Avandia, Baycol, Biomet Metal on Metal Hip Implants, Breast Implants, AMO and Bausch & Lomb Contact Lens Solution, DePuy Metal on Metal Hip Implants, Diet Drugs, Digitek, Fosamax and bisphosphonates, Gadolinium, Gulf Coast Oil Spill, Heart Devices, Heparin, Hormone Therapy, Kugel Mesh, Levaquin, Mirena, NuvaRing, Ortho Evra, Orthopedic Implants, Pain Pumps, PPA, Pradaxa, Propulsid, Reglan, Smith & Nephew Hip Implants, SSRI Antidepressant Birth Defect Cases, Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII Hip Implants, Sulzer Hip and Knee Implants, Transvaginal and Bladder Slings (Bard, Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon, Mentor, Boston Scientific, AMS, and ProteGen), Trasylol, Vioxx and Bextra Cox-2 Inhibitors, Wright Medical Metal on Metal Hip Implants, Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella/Gianvi, Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implants, and Zimmer NexGen Knee Implants.
Ms. Fulmer graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Finance, and received her Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Stetson College of Law. She was an Assistant Editor of the Stetson Law Review, and twice earned recognition as an Outstanding Law Review member. She served as a Federal Judicial Intern, and worked on pro bono projects as a Florida Bar Foundation Public Service Fellow and an intern with Gulf Coast Legal Services. She has been named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association, selected as a Super Lawyer from Florida, and included in The Best Lawyers in America. She serves on the Board of Governors for AAJ and the Florida Justice Association and works each year lobbying on state and federal drug and medical device issues. She is also active in the Palm Beach County Bar Association, Palm Beach County Justice Association, Florida Justice Association (FJA), American Association for Justice (AAJ), Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), and various mass torts-related litigation groups and consortiums. She is currently co-lead of the AAJ Pradaxa litigation group, and is a frequent lecturer on mass tort marketing, drug and medical device litigation, and consumer drug safety issues.
Ms. Fulmer has been appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committees for the Pradaxa MDL in East St. Louis, Illinois and the Biomet M2A Magnum Hip Implant MDL in South Bend, Indiana. She is also involved in state and federal court multi-district litigation discovery committee common benefit work for various national pharmaceutical and medical device mass torts projects, including breast implants; diet drugs; Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella; ProteGen bladder slings; Vioxx; Mentor ObTape; DePuy ASR; Stryker Rejuvenate & ABG II Hip Implants; and BP Oil Spill claims.
An Indiana native, Ms. Fulmer has been an active volunteer with a number of charitable organizations: Seagull Industries; Supporters of the Pre-Law Magnet, Inc. at Palm Beach Lakes High School; Buddy Break (providing respite care for autistic and physically-challenged children); Special Olympics; Girl Scouts; and Trial Lawyers Care (providing free legal services to the victims of 9/11 and those impacted by disasters). She has also volunteered as a foster parent and exchange student host parent.
I knew as a child that I wanted to be a lawyer, but I didn’t have a kind of epiphany, like a lot of people do. I actually started working in the trenches for my first law firm when I was 17 years old, doing whatever job I could do. I went from support staff to secretary to paralegal. It was a way to pay the bills while I put myself through college to get my law degree.
I think I may assess being an attorney a little bit differently than some lawyers do. It’s not necessarily always the big settlement that I use as an assessment of whether I’ve done a good job or not. I have a drawer behind my desk, and it’s just full of letters from my past clients. Those letters sometimes mean more to me than any big settlement or any groundbreaking legal victory.
When I’m having a bad day, when things just aren’t going the way I want and I am frustrated, I pull out the letters I have kept for over 15 years and remind myself what is really important.
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