MOVING LAW FORWARD SINCE 1999

Rasmussen Law Firm, LLC (KR Law for short) helps people and families who have suffered injury and loss caused by the greed of large corporations that put profit over patient safety. We take on big fights and push back against big companies—drug makers, device manufacturers, large transportation companies. We are proud of the reputation our team has earned as aggressive advocates maximizing the amount of money recovered for each of our clients.

KR Law treats clients as if they are a family member or loved-one we care for deeply and personally. We level the playing field so they get the justice they deserve. Clients gain peace of mind knowing we are working tirelessly for them. That allows them to focus more on their families and the healing process and less on the legal system. Our tools include empathy, strategy driven by technology, experience, efficiency, competence, innovative thinking and toughness.

That is how KR Law is MOVING LAW FORWARD.

 

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER


Kristian Rasmussen launched the Rasmussen Law Firm in Birmingham, AL after stepping down from his position as shareholder and vice president and head of mass tort litigation at a large national law firm. He is recognized by judges, his peers and the national media as a leader and expert in mass torts, complex litigation, class actions and product liability litigation. Mr. Rasmussen has recovered multiple verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million for clients. As a recognized leader, Mr. Rasmussen is often sought after by national media, bar associations and attorney groups to lecture on various litigation topics. Rasmussen is a graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Mississippi College School of Law and The United States Naval War College.

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER


Kristian Rasmussen launched the Rasmussen Law Firm in Birmingham, AL after stepping down from his position as shareholder and vice president and head of mass tort litigation at a large national law firm. He is recognized by judges, his peers and the national media as a leader and expert in mass torts, complex litigation, class actions and product liability litigation. Mr. Rasmussen has recovered multiple verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million for clients. As a recognized leader, Mr. Rasmussen is often sought after by national media, bar associations and attorney groups to lecture on various litigation topics. Rasmussen is a graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Mississippi College School of Law and The United States Naval War College.

 

Kristian Rasmussen's leadership and litigation experience includes being appointed by United States District Court, Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers as co-lead counsel, In Re Abilify (aripiprazol) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2734; appointed United States District Judge Inga Johnson as a lead attorney serving on the Plaintiffs Executive Committee In Re Chantix (varenicline) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2092; Co-Lead Trial Counsel, In re High Sulfur Content Gasoline Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1632; and being appointed by United States District Judge Charles Bryer to serve as a lead attorney on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee as co-chair of the discovery committee for MDL No. 1699, In Re Bextra and Celebrex Unfair Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation. Additionally, before entering into private practice, Mr. Rasmussen prosecuted cases as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Florida and served the United States Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

 
 

NOTEWORTHY VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS:

 

  • 2019$13M confidential settlement for products liability claims.

  • 2018$3.6M confidential settlement for claims against drug manufacturer.

  • 2018$75M confidential global settlement for products liability claims against drug manufacturer. Kristian Rasmussen served as Lead Counsel for all claims pending in federal court.

  • 2016$250M global settlement for more than 11,000 lawsuits filed in both federal and state courts across the country.

  • 2013$4 million confidential settlement, pharmaceutical products liability.

  • 2012$64 million confidential settlement, pharmaceutical products liability.

  • 2010$41.5 million confidential settlement of consumer class action.

  • 2010$5.75 million pharmaceutical products liability.

  • 2009$1.36 million pharmaceutical products liability settlement.

  • 2008$3.75 million pharmaceutical products liability.

  • 2007$1.2 million verdict for client involved in an automobile collision multiple injuries including the non-paralyzing fracture of a cervical vertebra.

  • 2007$102 million co-lead trial counsel in consumer class action.

  • 2006$2.7 million for pharmaceutical, products liability case.

  • 2006$98 million working with national co-lead counsel in securities class action.

  • 2005$2.8 million for pharmaceutical, products liability case.

Bar Admissions:


Alabama

Florida


Court Admissions


U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama

U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama

U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida

U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida

U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals

Law Society of Upper Canada, Foreign Legal Consultant


PUBLICATIONS:


  • “Chantix: The Next Mass Tort” AAJ, Section on Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts; Vol. 15, No. 2, Spring 2008
  • "Farm Bill Opens Door for Disadvantaged Farmers" AAJ, Civil Rights, Vol. 16, No. 1, Fall 2008
  • Co-Author, "Bextra - No Different Than Vioxx" ATLA, Section on Toxic & Environmental Torts", Vol. 12, No. 2, Spring, 2005

AREAS OF PRACTICE:


  • Mass-Torts (Pharmaceutical)
  • Class Actions (Consumer Litigation)
  • Personal Injury
  • Litigation Percentage: 98% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

PUBLISHED OPINIONS AND REPRESENTATIVE CASES:


  • In re Bextra and Celebrex Marketing, Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation, 391 F.Supp.2d 1377 (Appointed by United States District Court Judge Charles Breyer, to lead all claims as a member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee and Co-Chair of the Discovery Committee)
  • In re High Sulfur Content Gasoline Products Liability Litigation, 344 F.Supp.2d 755 (Appointed by United States District Court Judge, Elden Fallon, as Lead Trial Counsel and member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee)
  • Paramore v. State Farm Automobile Ins. Co., No. 1D07-3781, Affirmed June 27, 2008, Fla. 1st DCA, No. 1D07-4930)
  • United States of America v. Hammond, 371 F.3d 776 (11th Cir. 2000)

AWARDS:


  • Selected “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • New York City Bar Ass’n Trial Advocacy Award
  • Various Military Awards and Distinction including: the Navy Achievement
  • Selected to Super Lawyers for 2014 - 2015

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:


  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Florida First Judicial Circuit
  • American Association for Justice, Chair of Chantix Litigation Group, former Co-chair of the VIOXX / Cox-2 Litigation Group
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Escambia / Santa Rosa County Bar Association
  • First Judicial Circuit Trial Lawyers Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association

EDUCATION:


The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, B.A.; Mississippi College School of Law, J.D.; United States Naval War College

LISA LITTELL COURSON

ATTORNEY

Summary


Attorney with eighteen years of litigation experience. Committed to achieving exceptional results with the highest degree of skill and ethics. Intuitive and comprehensive issue identification and innovative and comprehensive problem solving. Exceptional ability to develop and maintain genuine trust, respect and rapport with team members, clients, colleagues and the bench. Fosters and maintains professionalism to ensure the most efficient and advantageous results. Practical, efficient leader dedicated to improving and developing innovative ways to streamline and perfect work, writing, case management systems and strategies to ensure the best possible outcomes in most efficient and cost-effective manner for client and company. Meets and exceeds tight deadlines. Experience with all facets of litigation, including first and second chair trial experience. Nationwide network of professional contacts.

Skills

  • Civil Litigation
  • Mass Torts
  • Subrogation
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences Law
  • Knowledge of Complex Medical Issues
  • Case Management
  • Workers Compensation
  • Settlement administration
  • Formal and informal negotiation of disputes, agreements and settlements
  • Legal Research and Analysis
  • Advanced Mediation Training and expertise
  • IT and administrative skills including, Microsoft Office suite, Adobe, Westlaw, Lexis, PACER, Blackboard, Alacourt, ProLaw, Concordance, Case Map Suite, Relativity, Lighthouse, Xera platforms
  • Expense Auditing and Mitigation

Experience

BEASLEY, ALLEN, CROW, METHVIN, PORTIS & MILES, PC

Staff Attorney

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA

October 2014 to Current


 
  • Manage heavy caseloads in mass tort cases from case determination through completion of litigation, specifically, Metal on Metal hips, IVC Filters, Hernia Mesh, Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Risperdal, Viagra, Incretin Mimetics, Fosamax, Bair Hugger, Talcum Powder and Zantac.
  • Reviews and vets emerging litigations and cases.
  • Identification of all potential claims for maximum recovery
  • Team leader responsible for managing multiple case management and litigation teams in a high-performing, fast-paced, detail- oriented, environment
  • Written discovery drafting and response
  • Take and defend depositions of parties, fact witnesses, physicians and other experts
  • Motion practice and court appearances
  • Manage multi-million dollar settlements in mass tort litigations
  • Works with claims administrators and special masters to facilitate successful settlement
  • Works with Qualified Settlement Funds Administrators ensuring prompt payment of claims
  • Works with insurance companies, attorneys and lien resolution companies to ensure proper auditing of subrogation and other entitlement claims to ensure proper and efficient distribution of asserted claims
  • Extensive knowledge of medical terminology and ability to communicate effectively with 
medical personnel and physicians
 

COLUMBIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Adjunct Professor

ORANGE BEACH- ORANGE BEACH AL

March 2006 to Current


 
  • Experienced professor in both online and traditional settings.
  • Experience instructing traditional, non-traditional, military and international students.
  • Proficiency in Blackboard, eCollege and other related software
  • Development and implementation of hands on, positive approach to teaching legal systems, and encouraging analysis of new and different ways of solving problems
  • Develop, draft and edit for institutional publication, course curriculum and standards in Criminal Justice, Employment law, Healthcare law and Business Courses at the Undergraduate and Masters level
  • Served on Criminal Justice Advisory Board
  • Served as Graduate Chair of Criminal Justice
  • Coordinated the development of effective education programs through the successful collaboration with colleagues and administrators
  • Read, review and score student research on content, grammar, citations and references.
  • Instructor and lecturer for Masters and Associates level business students in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
 

C. ELIZABETH LITTELL, LLC

Principal Attorney

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA

June 2009 to October 2014


 
  • Managed statewide caseload in general civil and criminal litigation matters.
  • Trial Practice
  • Mediation Practice
  • Subrogation and Lien resolution
 

SLATEN & O'CONNOR

Associate Attorney

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA

August 2007 to May 2009


 
  • Discovery, motion practice and trial of general litigation cases, including automobile liability defense, pest control and construction defect litigation.
  • Mediation
  • Consult with Construction Experts and participate in site inspections
  • Legal research and briefing
  • Case Evaluation
  • Insurance
  • Work effectively with insurance clients and representatives to effectuate successful resolution of claims
 

FIELDS LAW FIRM

Associate Attorney

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

September 2002 to May 2006


 
  • Managed statewide caseload from inception through trial in general plaintiff litigation practice
  • Depositions, Written Discovery and Motion Practice
  • First and second chair trial experience
  • Manage Staff- hiring, training, discipline and dismissal
  • Mediation
  • Social Security
  • Workers Compensation
  • Legal Research
  • Subrogation and lien resolution
  • Negotiated settlements and maximized firm profits and client proceeds.
  • Fostered and maintained positive professional relationships with opposing counsel and insurance adjusters which facilitated consistent, prompt and fair case resolution.
 

HON. STEVEN M. BEVIL

Judicial Law Clerk

CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE

May 2001 to July 2001


 
  • Assist with daily courtroom administration
  • Legal Research and Briefing
  • Docket maintenance
  • Officer management
 

Education and Training

CUMBERLAND SCHOOL OF LAW- SAMFORD UNIVERSITY

J.D.: Law

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

2002

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Bachelor of Arts: Political Science

KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE

1999

Admissions


  • Alabama State Bar - Member- 2002 - Present
  • Tennessee State Bar - Member- 2016- Present
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama- 2002- Present
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama- 2002- Present
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee- April, 2019-Present

Pro Bono- Community Service


  • Provide legal services to and effectuated the incorporation of a non-profit foundation for youth conservation and scholarship organization
  • Advise and assist needing persons with elder care and legal issues
  • President of Alabama Field Trial Association
  • Immediate Past Vice President of Alabama Field Trial Association

Interests


  • Field Trials
  • Horticulture
  • Historical research
  • Art, architecture and design
  • Genealogy
  • Culinary Arts
  • Travel