Sheryl Bjork concentrates her practice on the defense of complex mass tort product liability claims, representing some of the world's largest medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers in individual, multi-district litigation, and class action litigation. With experience encompassing all aspects of case work-up and trial management, clients confidently call upon Sheryl to represent them no matter the product, issue or claim.
She is currently part of the case work-up and trial teams defending claims involving pelvic mesh. Recently, she played a key role on the national coordinating counsel team for an infusion pump manufacturer, particularly in the development of its medical cause defenses. In this capacity, she deposed and defended dozens of medical experts and treating physicians, as well as plaintiffs. She has served as local counsel on more than 20 cases for a pharmaceutical company in MDL litigation. She has worked with medical experts and consultants in various specialties (e.g., orthopedics, gastroenterology, infectious disease, urogynecology, psychiatry, and wound care) to create effective and cohesive defense themes. Sheryl has also coordinated several large-scale electronic document collection efforts.
Sheryl has defended against claims across the country relating to an array of products, including prescription and over-the counter medications, dietary supplements, airway management devices, latex gloves, orthopedic implants and cold therapy machines. Additionally, she has worked extensively to prepare sales representatives from a variety of medical device manufacturers for both deposition and trial.
She has published numerous articles and CLE materials on current topics in medical device/pharmaceutical litigation, Minnesota product liability law, and settlement issues. She has also taught legal writing at the University of Minnesota Law School. In her free time, Sheryl provides pro bono services for children. In 2014, Sheryl and several of her Bowman and Brooke colleagues were awarded the Children’s Law Center’s Distinguished Service Award.