Timothy Becker

Partner

Tim Becker HeadshotFor nearly two decades, Tim Becker has protected the rights of clients injured by defective drugs, medical devices and products. As a partner at Johnson Becker, PLLC, Tim plays a pivotal role in the firm’s commitment to successfully representing clients by exclusively dedicating his practice to representing the rights of those injured by dangerous and defective drugs or medical devices. He is actively involved in prosecuting claims on behalf of his clients who suffered injuries ranging from defective knee and hip implants, to catastrophic organ failure stemming from the use of over the counter herbal supplements.

During the course of his career, Tim has developed an extensive background as a trial lawyer willing to vigorously prosecute claims on his client’s behalf. Most recently, in May 2010, Tim and his team tried a complex product’s liability claim in the Northern District of Ohio for over a month on behalf of a welder who suffered permanent brain damage as a result of his use of welding products. Not limited to his court room trial experience, Tim successfully led the science team in MDL 2096: In re: Zicam Cold Remedy Marketing Sales Practice Litigation, (D. Az. 2011) fending off a vigorous Daubert challenge. Additionally, he has been admitted to practice before the First, Fourth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals where he acted as the primary author of several appellate briefs. This combination of court room trial experience and appellate advocacy provides unique perspective in effectively representing his clients’ interests.

NATIONAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS & CASE RESUME

  • MDL 1285: In re Vitamins Antitrust Litigation, United States District Court, District of Columbia (Kansas, Minnesota and Illinois Hog Farmer Class)
  • MDL 1535: In re: Welding Rods Products Liability Litigation, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (Lead Trial Counsel Mann v. Lincoln Electric et al.)
  • In re Ditropan XL Litigation, United States District Court, Northern District of California (Lead Counsel)
  • In re: American Express Financial Advisors Securities Litigation, United States District Court, South District of New York (Lead Trial Counsel Haritos v. American Express Financial Advisors)
  • In re: Farmers Insurance Exchange Wage and Hour Litigation, Hennepin County District Court, State of Minnesota (Lead Trial Counsel Milner et al. v. Farmers Insurance Exchange)
  • MDL 2096: In re: Zicam Cold Remedy Marketing Sales Practice Litigation, United States District Court, District of Arizona (led science committee successfully opposing Daubert challenge)
  • MDL 2197: In re: DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (Law and Briefing committee)
  • MDL 2172: In re: Zimmer NexGen Knee Products Liability Litigation, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Co-Lead Counsel)

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Exclusively representing Plaintiffs in the following types of cases:

  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation
  • Mass Tort Litigation
  • Product Liability

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers 2011
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers 2004
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers 2003

PRESENTATIONS AND/OR PUBLICATIONS

  • Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit: Fourth Edition, Trial Guides, 2015
  • Is the Doctor In? Reasonableness and the Neal Decision, Hennepin County Lawyer, 1998
  • January, 2011: Orthopedic Litigation Conference – DePuy and Zimmer Implant Updates, HB Litigation CLE Presentation
  • March, 2011: Darvon and Hip Implant Litigation Conference: New Developments in These Emerging Mass Torts: The Science of Darvon and Darvocet, Harris Martin CLE Presentation
  • July, 2011: Zimmer NexGen Knee and DePuy Hip Implant Litigation – Faculty Chair, Harris Martin CLE Presentation

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Association for Justice
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Minnesota, 1995
  • U.S. District Court of Minnesota, 1997
  • U.S. District Court of Illinois, Northern District, 2008
  • U.S. District Court of Michigan, Eastern District, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2009

EDUCATION

  • WILLIAM MITCHELL COLLEGE OF LAW, cum laude, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, Chicago, Illinois (B.A. History)