Danielle Ward Mason is a personal injury attorney specializing in claims involving dangerous drugs and medical devices. One of the country’s most successful talcum powder litigation attorneys, Danielle has secured nearly $1 billion in verdicts against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about ovarian cancer risks. She joined Sanders Phillips Grossman in 2019 and heads the firm’s talc litigation team.
Danielle’s civil litigation experience has focused primarily on claims that impact and highlight important issues in women’s health—a cause that she is proud to advance. Prior to moving full-time to talc litigation, she litigated claims related to transvaginal mesh (TVM) manufactured by Bard, Boston Scientific, Caldera, Cook Medical, and Johnson & Johnson. She also handled Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) litigation, including drugs such as Premarin, Prempro and Provera that have been associated with the development of breast cancer.
In January 2017, Danielle was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) for consolidated multidistrict litigation (MDL) pending in New Jersey federal court concerning the link between diabetes medication Invokana and kidney damage and diabetic ketoacidosis. She additionally served as lead attorney for Reglan litigation, where she has done extensive work in ensuring the survival of those claims despite the challenges created by the Supreme Court’s generic preemption decision, Pliva v. Mensing.
In August 2010, Danielle was specially appointed by the Chief Justice of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Ed Carnes, to brief and orally argue a claim on behalf of a pro se petitioner before the appellate court. She won the appeal on behalf of her client, despite it being her first appearance before the 11th Circuit.
Over the course of her legal and professional career, Danielle has been recognized and honored by numerous organizations. She has been named to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers, selected as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” every year since 2014, chosen as one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for Alabama by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, and included in the 2020 Best Lawyers in America list. She also was recognized by Auburn University Montgomery as a “Top 50 at 50,” which recognized the school’s top 50 graduates since its inception, and was selected as a 2016 recipient of the American Association for Justice F. Scott Baldwin Award.
Danielle belongs to a number of organizations and currently holds several leadership positions. She is immediate past president of the Alabama Lawyers Association, the oldest state-wide minority association for the state of Alabama. She was also president of the Montgomery County Association for Justice for 2016. She is an active member of the American Association for Justice, a board member of the Alabama Post-Conviction Relief Project, and serves on the board of Emory University Emerging Leaders and to a Duke Law committee focusing on best practices for the appointment of women and minority lawyers in class actions/MDLs. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the American Association for Justice, the Alabama Association for Justice, and the Capital City Bar Association.
In the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015, Danielle joined the faculty at Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law, where she taught Pre-trial Practice to 2nd and 3rd year law students. Before graduating from law school in 2007, she interned at the Federal Defender Office for the Middle District of Alabama. Upon passing the bar in 2008, she was immediately hired as an assistant federal defender. Danielle left the Federal Defenders Office in June 2009, when she joined the Beasley Allen Firm as an associate. She went on to become the first African-American woman to be named Principal at the firm.
A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Danielle graduated from Auburn Montgomery with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1999, followed by a master of business administration in 2001. She began a career in commercial banking, spending five years with Regions Bank and two years at Compass Bank before entering law school.