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Four Attorneys Elected to Partnership

July 1, 2016 – Press Release

July 1, 2016 (Atlanta, GA) – Hawkins Parnell & Young, a national litigation firm, is pleased to announce the election of four attorneys to its partnership from the Los Angeles, New York, St. Louis, and San Francisco offices.

  • Kate Jilka Bree (St. Louis, MO) primarily represents a Class I railroad and various product manufacturers in defense of toxic tort litigation. She has expertise litigating claims under the Federal Employers' Liability Act and related statutes. Kate received her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Trinity University.
  • Joanna L. Drozd (New York, NY) is a civil litigation attorney focusing on defending companies in complex toxic tort and product liability cases. Joanna has represented clients – from individuals to Fortune 100 companies – in all phases of litigation from inception through trial in roles as local counsel and on national counsel teams. Joanna earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from New York University.
  • Ryan K. Marden (Los Angeles, CA) specializes in civil litigation with an emphasis on public-entity representation, railroad-related litigation, employment and real estate litigation. With more than 15 years of experience, Ryan has significant litigation experience, handling matters from inception through trial. Ryan received his J.D. from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.
  • Mirna J. Scheffy (San Francisco, CA) focuses her practice on product liability, environmental, and toxic tort litigation. She also regularly defends and advises employers in labor and employment matters. Experienced in all phases of litigation, Mirna obtains favorable results in state and federal courts through innovative and cost-effective strategies. She received her J.D. from the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.