Two areas where Marc J. Bern & Partners has won results that have benefited many people are drug product safety and railroad workplace safety. In the drug product safety area, the firm has been involved in cases that have resulted in changes to pharmaceuticals including diabetes medications and anti-clotting drugs. And it fought, under the Federal Employers Liability Act, on behalf of railroad workers who were exposed to toxins and developed cancer.
“We hope the problems we bring to light will ultimately make Big Pharma have more of a conscience and be more careful in distributing what are expected to be lifesaving drugs but turn out to be just the opposite,” Bern says.
The pharmaceutical work is just one example of the complicated and daunting issues the firm faces down: Its attorneys are currently fighting for families in the Flint, Michigan, water crisis. Bern represented 27 families in civil litigation in the Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooting. And his former firm served as the lead lawyers on behalf of 10,000 people in the World Trade Center Disaster Site Litigation. Meanwhile, Marc J. Bern & Partners continues to pursue claims under the James Zadroga Act for those whose health was affected by Sept. 11 and in fact represents the family of the effort’s namesake James Zadroga, a police officer whose death is attributed to exposure to toxins at the 9/11 site.
“Anybody in this country has the ability to go to court and bring a case. This is what separates us as a true democracy from any other place on the planet,” says Bern. “I don’t think I’ll ever retire. There’s just too much work to be done.”