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Diandra “Fu” Debrosse Zimmermann

Fu fights for those who have been wronged – whether an individual or public entity – and over her career has recovered hundreds of millions for those impacted.

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Diandra (“Fu”) Debrosse Zimmermann represents people and public entities who have been injured by wrongful conduct, whether as a result of a defective medical device or drug, environmental contamination, or civil rights abuses. She has been nationally recognized throughout her career for having successfully litigated mass tort, class action, product liability, discrimination, and civil sexual assault claims, and has recovered more than $30 million in damages for her clients.

Fu is a member of the firm’s public client, environmental, mass tort, and civil rights practice groups. She currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee of In re: Paraquat Products Liability Litigation, the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for In re: Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) Hip Implant Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2775), represents dozens of cities and counties against opioid manufacturers and distributors in In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation, and is active in In re: Proton Pump Inhibitor Litigation.  Fu also held a seat on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for In re Higher One Account Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (MDL No. 2407 D. Conn).

Fu also uses her experience and passion to represent individuals in personal injury, product liability sexual assault, Title IX, civil human trafficking and civil rights actions.

She has earned several accolades over the course of her career, including Top 40 Under 40 attorneys by the National Trial Lawyers and Top 10 Under 40 attorney for the State of Alabama by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Inc. She was named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, recognized as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, and selected as a Top Woman Attorney by B-Metro magazine.

Fluent in French and Haitian Creole, and functional in Spanish, Fu earned her J.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and her B.A. in English Literature from the City College of the City University of New York, where she was an Isaacs Fellow.

Notable Representations

  • In re Paraquat Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 3004 (S.D. Ill.), Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee
  • In re Higher One Account Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL No. 2407 (D. Conn), served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
  • In re Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2775, (D. Md.) Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
  • CPC Reference Labs., Inc. v. Lab. Corp. of Am., No. 3:07CV65, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57019 (N.D. Miss. July 6, 2009), Lead Counsel
  • Family Medicine Pharmacy LLC v. Impax Laboratories, Inc., Case No. 1:17-cv-00053 (SD AL), Lead Counsel
  • Louis v. Victory Police Motorcycles, LLC, No. 2:16-CV-1019-VEH, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108842 (N.D. Ala. Aug. 17, 2016), Lead Counsel
  • Hill v. Hill Bros. Constr. Co., No. 3:14CV213-SA-SAA, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101046 (N.D. Miss. Aug. 2, 2016), Lead Counsel
  • Kilgore v. Cobra Enterprises of Utah, Circuit Court of Lee County, Alabama, 43-CV-2010-900483.00, Lead Counsel

Honors

  • President’s Award, Alabama State Bar (2021)
  • Board of Bar Commissioners Award, Alabama State Bar (2021)
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, State of Alabama, Top 40 Under 40
  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • Super Lawyers, Alabama
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Writings and Presentations

  • The Universal Connection we Have with Jurors, AAJ Winter Conference 2021
  • Deposition Nuts and Bolts, AAJ June 4, 2020
  • Preparing Witnesses Who Can Connect with Jurors, AAJ 2020 Winter Convention – New Orleans, February 8-11, 2020
  • Preparing Witnesses Who Can Connect with Jurors, AAJ 2019 Weekend with the Starts Seminar, New York, NY December 2019
  • Exposing Biases During Voir Dire, AAJ Weekend with the Stars Seminar, December 6-19, 2019
  • How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (And Keep Theirs Out), National Business Institute, Montgomery, Alabama, June 2017
  • Hugging the Pink Elephant- Arbitrating Effectively & Developments in Arbitration, Birmingham Bar Bench and Bar Retreat, Prattville, Alabama, March 2017
  • Obstacles in Litigating Sexual Assault Claims, The Southern Trial Lawyer Association 29th Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2017
  • How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (And Keep Theirs Out), National Business Institute, Montgomery, Alabama 2016
  • From the Mainstream to the Margins: “It’s on Us” to Vindicate Women’s Rights through the Civil Justice System, Alabama Association for Justice Magazine, 2016
  • Discrimination Litigation, Fox 6 WBRC LawCall (television program), September 11, 2016
  • Mass Tort- From Litigation to Settlement Administration, People’s Law School (television program), Huntsville, Alabama, 2012
  • Taking and Defending the Expert and 30(b)(6) Deposition, Alabama Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Panama City, Florida, 2011
  • Research in the Legal Profession, Alabama Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Montgomery, Alabama, 2010
  • Author, The American Trial Lawyer, December 2009
  • The Tolbert Qualified Settlement, People’s Law School (television program), Huntsville, Alabama, 2009
  • Diversity in the Profession, American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Fall Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, 2009
  • American Law: Recognizing the Distinct Legacy of Our Nation, Summer 2009, Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin, Summer 2009

Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Board of Governors
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors
  • Alabama State Bar, Board of Bar Commissioners, former past Vice President, Executive Council
  • Alabama State Bar General Counsel’s Office, Disciplinary Hearing Officer
  • Birmingham Bar Association, former Executive Committee Member
  • Birmingham Bar Foundation, Executive Committee Member
  • Magic City Bar Association, Former President
  • Alabama Access to Justice Commission

Practice Areas

  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Public Client Litigation
  • Technology, Privacy, and Data Litigation
  • Defective Products
  • Pharmaceutical Liability

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.
  • City College of the City University of New York, B.A.,summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado

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