Adrienne Franco Busby



Adrienne Franco Busby puts science and strategy to work for companies facing product liability litigation. She is an experienced litigator in product liability, commercial, employment, class action and mass tort matters. Adrienne has deep experience with presenting and cross-examining experts at trial.

Product Liability & Mass Torts

Adrienne represents local, national and international manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer products across the U.S. and in Canada. She is skilled in understanding and interpreting the science that affects product litigation.

Adrienne strengthens clients’ cases by preparing expert witnesses in disciplines including:

  • Various medical specialties
  • Biomechanics
  • Metallurgy
  • Human factors
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental science
  • Economics
  • Vocational rehabilitation and engineering

Adrienne has defended companies involved in asbestos, toxic exposure, pharmaceutical and medical device mass torts. She leads mass tort teams and coordinates defense strategies in national and cross-border litigation.  Adrienne also has experience handling complex medical causation issues, including allegations related to systemic toxicity, cardiac injury and cancer. 

Related Industries


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan


Notre Dame Law School
J.D. magna cum laude (2001)

University of Notre Dame
B.A. summa cum laude (1998)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Tips for Learning the Learned Treatise Exception
    Co-author, Mass Torts Litigation Newsletter, American Bar Association, April 2018 
  • Medical Literature: Developing a Scientific Defense (and Offense!)
    Co-presenter, DRI Drug and Medical Device Conference, New York, New York, May 2018 
  • Medical Devices: Do I Need to Open a CAPA?
    Panelist, FDLI's Enforcement, Litigation and Compliance Conference, Washington, D.C., December 2017
  • Litigation and Settlements
    Co-presenter, FDLI's Enforcement, Litigation and Compliance Conference, Washington, D.C., December 2016
  • Legal Ramifications of Implant Retrievals for Medical Device Manufacturers
    ASTM International Workshop, Tampa, Florida, November 2015
  • The Role of ASTM Standards & Taper Corrosion Litigation
    American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) Symposium on Modularity and Tapers in Total Joint Replacement Devices, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2014
  • The Role of ASTM Standards in Medical Device Litigation
    American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) Workshop on Modularity and Tapers in Total Joint Replacement Devices, Jacksonville, Florida, November 2013

Firm Blog Contributions

  • Broker Dealer Law Blog – a resource that provides practical insights on litigation, regulatory, compliance and fiduciary issues impacting broker-dealers
  • Faegre Drinker on Products – a blog addressing all things product liability that covers legal issues and developments of interest to product manufacturers and their employers

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Seeking asylum for a Guatemalan family escaping persecution

Professional Associations

  • Food and Drug Law Institute — Enforcement, Litigation & Compliance Conference Planning Committee, 2019-present
  • Law360 — Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board, 2017
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Civic Activities

  • Dress for Success Indianapolis — Board of Directors (2014-20), Past President of the Board and Current Emeritus Board Member; Stepping Out In Style (Event Chair, 2015-present; Logistics Chair, 2012-14)


  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2009, 2016
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2018
  • Phi Beta Kappa
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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