Morrison & Foerster is a global firm with more than 1,000 lawyers across 17 offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. The firm is dedicated to providing our clients-which include some of the largest financial institutions, leading consumer product companies, Fortune 100 companies, technology, and life sciences companies-with legendary service. Clients rely on us for innovative and business-minded solutions. Our lawyers share high standards, a commitment to excellence, and a passion for helping our clients succeed. Our commitment to serving clients has resulted in enduring relationships and a record of high achievement. The firm has a long-standing commitment to pro bono work and social justice.
Husch Blackwell is an industry-focused law firm with offices in 18 cities across the United States. The firm represents clients around the world in major industries including energy and natural resources; financial services and capital markets; food and agribusiness; healthcare, life sciences and education; real estate, development and construction; and technology, manufacturing and transportation. For more information, visit huschblackwell.com
Founded in 1893, Alston & Bird is a leading national law firm and has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Raleigh, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C. The firm's attorneys provide a full range of services to domestic and international clients conducting business around the world. Counseling clients from what was initially a local context quickly expanded to regional, then national levels, and now spans a global economic environment. Alston & Bird has overlaid its broad range of legal skills and business knowledge with a commitment to innovation and technology.
Drawing on his expertise in environmental health, Bill Tarantino’s practice focuses on environmental and consumer protection law, with an emphasis on consumer product safety, mass torts, and hazardous substances. Bill has argued motions in state and federal courts for a variety of complex litigation matters, including product liability and mass tort claims, California’s Unfair Competition Law actions, and environmental contamination disputes. He has successfully led clients through private mediations and arbitrations and has significant experience in California state and federal appellate courts. Bill also has broad experience in consumer class action and false advertising litigation, particularly with respect to claims of health or environmental benefits. Bill is an active contributor to MoFo’s Class Dismissed blog. Bill is recommended by Legal 500 US in the areas of product liability and mass tort defense and he is described as “an experienced counsel who is an excellent leader and has great knowledge of the law.”
Named an IFLR1000 Rising Star 2018 for M&A law in Missouri, Ashley Edwards has completed more than $60 billion in M&A transactions. An attorney in Husch Blackwell’s St. Louis office, she provides clients with strategic solutions from both a legal and business perspective. Ashley represents private equity firms, strategic buyers and sellers in corporate transactions and provides day-to-day guidance on commercial contracting, securities regulation, corporate finance and other general matters to clients in the manufacturing, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals industries.
Ashley is a former small business owner passionate about helping individual entrepreneurs and growth-stage private companies grow their businesses. Closely involved with the St. Louis Cortex community, she assists with legal matters ranging from corporate structuring to exit strategy. Ashley also dedicates time as a board member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Catherine Payne is a senior associate with Alston & Bird’s Products Liability Group, where she focuses her practice on complex, multiparty litigation in areas such as mass torts, toxic torts, class actions, medical malpractice, and products liability. She also counsels clients on Consumer Product Safety Commission matters and related issues, including product warnings and product user manuals. Catherine is active in juvenile justice issues as secretary of the board of youthSpark, Inc.
Before joining the firm, Catherine was a law clerk for Judge William T. Boyett, Chief Superior Court Judge for the Conasauga Judicial Circuit. Catherine received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, where she was a student editor for both the Mercer Law Review and the Journal of Southern Legal History.