2020 Partners:

Kelsey Stokes

Fleming | Nolan | Jez, L.L.P.

Kelsey L. Stokes joined the firm of Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. in 2010. She practices primarily in products liability and complex commercial litigation, including appellate practice.

As one of the attorneys leading the charge against hernia mesh manufacturers, Kelsey has dedicated countless hours shepherding the hernia mesh litigation and guiding fellow plaintiffs’ lawyers across the country on case evaluation and filing.  Kelsey has regular hernia mesh speaking engagements, sharing the knowledge she has gained studying the science and legal issues applicable to the hernia mesh litigation with other national mass tort lawyers.

In September 2018, Kelsey was appointed co-lead counsel of MDL 2846, In re: Davol, Inc./C.R. Bard, Inc. Polypropylene Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation by Chief Judge Edmund Sargus, Jr.  Kelsey also serves on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee of MDL 2753, In re: Atrium Medical Corp. C-QUR Mesh Products Liability Litigation.  She has assumed a leadership role in the New Jersey state court litigation against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson for the injuries her clients suffered after having been implanted with Ethicon’s multi-layered hernia mesh devices.  Kelsey was also elected co‑chair of the American Association for Justice Hernia Mesh Litigation Group.

Prior to leading the hernia mesh docket, Kelsey played an integral role litigating FNJ’s transvaginal mesh docket to a successful resolution. Her work in the various transvaginal mesh MDLs has given her a wealth of knowledge that overlaps with the knowledge required to successfully litigate hernia mesh cases.

Kelsey has taken hundreds of depositions, including depositions of experts, prescribing physicians, implanting physicians, explanting physicians, and corporate witnesses.  She has also argued at hearings throughout the country and has done large-scale briefing on behalf of FNJ’s clients, including at the appellate level.

Kelsey has also managed the firm’s GranuFlo docket for the last several years, including assisting clients navigate the settlement claims process.   In addition to the above, she has done considerable work on the Wright Hip and Accutane Litigations as well as Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in which she was co-counsel in the first TRT trial in Cook County, Illinois.

Kelsey’s practice also includes complex commercial litigation in federal and state court, and arbitration, resulting in multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements.  Examples include arbitrations where she represented health-care providers in contractual and payment disputes with insurers; a massive Ponzi scheme; and an off-shore commercial oil dispute.  Kelsey’s experience also extends to catastrophic aviation accidents.

Education & Memberships

 Kelsey earned a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, where she served as Chief Managing Editor of the Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law.

Kelsey is a member of the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Western, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  She is a member of the American Association for Justice, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and Houston Trial Lawyers Association.


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