Roopal P. Luhana is a Founding Partner of Chaffin Luhana LLP. Ms. Luhana’s parents migrated their family from India to the United States when Ms. Luhana was five to give their children a better life. They instilled a strong sense of compassion, work ethic and drive in her from an early age. Those values shape Ms. Luhana’s practice of law every day. Since joining the private sector, Ms. Luhana has focused on representing injured victims in mass tort, product liability, and catastrophic personal injury litigation. In 2010, Ms. Luhana co-founded her firm as a national plaintiffs-only law firm with Partner Eric Chaffin.
Ms. Luhana manages the firm’s mass torts division. Over the course of her career, she has served on committees in MDLs involving over-the-counter consumer products and defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Most recently, Ms. Luhana was appointed as Co-Lead Counsel in the In Re: Uber Technologies, Inc., Passenger Sexual Assault Litigation MDL by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The litigation primarily focuses on allegations that Uber did not implement sufficient safety measures to prevent passengers from being sexually assaulted during rides.
Ms. Luhana was appointed to leadership in the In Re: Camp LeJeune Water Litigation (E.D.N.C.) as part of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee. She is currently serving on the Science and Experts Subcommittee that lies at the core of the litigation and is responsible for working with Plaintiffs’ experts.
Ms. Luhana was also appointed by U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel in the In re: Paraquat Products Liability Litigation (S.D.Ill.) to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee (PEC).
In 2020, Ms. Luhana was appointed by U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee (PEC) in the In re: Zantac (Ranitidine) Products Liability Litigation (S.D.FL.) Ms. Luhana was also one of six Chairs named in the Zantac MDL (ESI/Document Production Committee) and was one of 13 women named to leadership in the litigation.
In addition, Ms. Luhana previously served as one of only two court-appointed women on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the In Re: Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (S.D.Ill.). Ms. Luhana further worked closely with the firm’s female clients and co-counsel on transvaginal mesh injury cases, including those that involved the Bard Avaulta Mesh, Mentor Sling, and the Gynecare Prolift.
Further, Ms. Luhana served on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In re: Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System Prods. Liab. Litig. (No. II), MDL No. 2816, which was largely resolved (in record time). She was also extensively involved in the denture cream litigation in federal and state courts and served as the Chair of the Law & Briefing Committee in the federal Denture Cream MDL.
Ms. Luhana also has litigated a number of significant nationwide class actions. For example, she served as class counsel in the In Re: IPO Securities Litigation, which recently settled for $586 million, and was also class counsel in the ETS nationwide litigation, which resulted in an $11.1 million settlement for teaching candidates who were inaccurately scored on PPLT tests. Additionally, she served as class counsel in a national consumer fraud action against IBM, resulting in a $35 million settlement for purchasers of defective IBM hard drives.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Luhana has been recognized by numerous courts for her commitment to women’s causes. She was a featured panelist at the 2017 Duke Law Conference to discuss, “Increasing the Number of Women and Minority Lawyers Appointed to Leadership Positions in Class Actions and MDLs” and has been involved in drafting Multi-District Litigation (MDL) Best Practices for federal judges.
Ms. Luhana resides with her family in Brooklyn, New York. When she is not working on cases or with her clients, Ms. Luhana enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, and giving back to her community.
Honorable Marina Corodemus (Ret.)
New Jersey State Court, Judge of the Superior Court
Seton Hall University School of Law
J.D., 2001, Merit Scholar
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
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