J. Scott Bertram

J. Scott Bertram

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Kansas City, MO

Bertram & Graf, L.L.C.
 | 2345 Grand Boulevard, Suite 1925
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-523-2205
Fax: 816-523-8258
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2011, 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Mr. Bertram represents plaintiffs in catastrophic injury and death cases involving pharmaceutical products liability, medical negligence, nursing home negligence, and other personal injuries. Since 1997, he has been involved in drug product liability mass torts litigation, including Fen-Phen, Rezulin, Propulsid, Baycol, and Vioxx.

Mr. Bertram represented clients in the following multi-district litigations:

In Re Diet Drug (phentermine/fenfluramine/dexfenfluramine) Products Liability Litigation, MDL #1203;

In Re Propulsid Products Liability Litigation, MDL #1355;

In Re Baycol Products Liability Litigation, MDL #1431;

In Re Rezulin Products Liability Litigation, MDL #1348;

In Re Vioxx Product Liability Litigation, MDL #1657;

In Re Bextra and Celebrex Marketing Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation, MDL #1699;

In Re Avandia Product Liability Litigation, MDL #­1871; and

Served on the Steering Committee in In Re:  Oral Sodium Phosphate Solution-Based Products Liability Litigation, in the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio,  Case No. 1:09-SP-80000 (MDL Docket No. 2066).

Mr. Bertram is currently representing over 120 Plaintiffs who claim they have developed the movement disorder tardive dyskinesia as a result of taking the heartburn drug Reglan. Those cases are now pending in consolidated state court actions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California and Missouri.  

About Scott Bertram

Admitted: 1974, Missouri

Professional Webpage: http://www.bertramgraf.com/attorneys/j-scott-bertram/

Honors/Awards:

  • Mr. Bertram has been identified by members of the Kansas City Bar, and recognized in the Kansas City Business Journal, as "Best of the Bar" in personal injury/civil litigation for the years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Mr. Bertram has spoken both locally and nationally at seminars on pharmaceutical product liability litigation and medical malpracticehas and has contributed to several texts, including:  Medical Malpractice in Missouri and Trial Advocacy in Missouri.  He is a former Chairman of the Lawyers for Children Committee of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association He is a member of the American Association for Justice, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Chairman of Lawyers for Children Committee of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association., 2003
  • Vice-Chairman of Lawyers for Children Committe of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association., 2002

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Overview of the Nationwide Fen-Phen Settlement, Speaker, Mealey's, 2002
  • How to Effectively Evaluate Whether You Have a Good or Bad Baycol Case, Speaker, Mealey's, 2002
  • Developing and Preparing Your Propulsid Case, Speaker, Mealey's, 2001
  • Detailed Propulsid Warnings from the Manufacturer, Speaker, Missouri Bar, 2001
  • How to Spot a Good Propulsid Case, Speaker, Mealey's, 2001
  • Opening Statement in a Fen-Phen Case, Speaker, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, 1998
  • Overview of the trial of any type of plaintiff's case from jury selection to closing argument., Author, Trial Advocacy in Missouri, National Business Institute, 1996
  • Update on applicable case law, and how to try a Missouri medical malpractice case from jury selection to closing argument., Author, Medical Malpractice in Missouri, National Business Institute, 1994

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Recovered as co-counsel more than 120,000,000 for claimants who took the pain killer, Vioxx, 2009
  • Recovered as co-counsel a confidential settlement for claimants who took the pain killer, Celebrex, 2009
  • Recovered as co-counsel more than $100,000,000 for claimants who took the diet drug, fen-phen, 2008
  • Recovered as co-counsel more than $20,000,000 for claimants who took the diet drug, fen-phen, 2007
  • Recovered as co-counsel more than $5,000,000 for intermediate opt-out claimants who took the diet drug, fen-phen, 2005
  • Recovered a confidential settlement for claimants in the Oral Sodium Phosphate Solution-Based Product Liability Litigation (Fleets)

Industry Groups

  • Pharmaceutical Litigation
Office Location for J. Scott Bertram

2345 Grand Boulevard
Suite 1925
Kansas City, MO 64108

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Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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