Medical Device Litigation
With the Faegre Drinker team, Traci defends and coordinates mass tort and multidistrict litigation across the United States and in Canada, particularly on behalf of large medical device makers. She helps clients pursue alternative dispute resolution strategies when aligned with their business interests — and boldly presents a strong defense at trial when appropriate for the client. In addition to her litigation experience and solid trial record, Traci also advises on appeals and helps lay the groundwork for appeal during earlier stages of litigation.
Traci also defends consumer product manufacturers in personal injury lawsuits. She has represented manufacturers of products ranging from above-ground pools and pool products to tobacco to two-wheeled self-balancing electric vehicles. Throughout her career, Traci has defended clients in numerous high stakes lawsuits involving personal transportation devices, automobiles, buses, motorcycles and bicycles.
Catastrophic Injury Claims
At the firm, Traci defends lawsuits arising out of catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and death. Traci has spent a significant portion of her career defending cases involving claims of severe physical, mental and emotional injury to minor children.
In addition to product liability litigation, Traci previously represented individuals, corporations and governmental entities in professional malpractice, premises liability and personal injury claims. Traci represented several local school boards and organizations tasked with the responsibility of caring for children in their custody. She argued multiple cases in the Second District Court of Appeals in Florida and argued a case to the Florida Supreme Court.
Before her legal career, Traci gained valuable experience working as a claims specialist for State Farm Insurance Company where she investigated, evaluated and oversaw litigation of personal injury and property damages claims arising out of automobile accidents.
A native Floridian, Traci enjoys living in Fort Myers with her husband, Rusty, and two sons, Brett and Braden. She is a former Women’s Volleyball Team captain at the University of North Florida.