Kanner & Whiteley

Speaker Bio

Conlee is the managing member of K&W and has been with the firm since 1994. She practices primarily on behalf of plaintiffs in the areas of consumer fraud, pharmaceutical, antitrust, insurance, and agricultural products litigation. She has been appointed as Co-Lead Counsel in In re Valsartan NDMA Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2875 and has been appointed as class counsel in many of the firm's class actions with an active role in the litigation, certification, trial and settlement of cases against financial institutions, insurance companies, and drug and other product manufacturers, including: Barba v. Shire (Consolidated Multistate class settlement on behalf of Adderall XR purchasers); In re Intuniv Antitrust Litigation (Antitrust Multistate class action on behalf of Intuniv purchasers); Medical Mutual of Ohio v. Purdue Pharma, MDL No. 2804. (Economic Damages Opioid action on behalf of TPP; and other Opioid damages litigation on behalf of several public entities in NJ, PA and LA). She has also served in leadership roles in In re: Budeprion XL Marketing and Products Litigation; Shaffer v. Continental Casualty Co., et al.; Waxler v. Trinity Marine Co., et al.; Bonilla v. Trebol Motors and Volvo Car Corporation, et al. and RenDan Farms v. Monsanto, Co., et al.

Conlee has represented the State of Louisiana as co-lead counsel in various pharmaceutical cases, including: State of Louisiana v. GlaxoSmithKline, LLC, et al. (involving fraudulent marketing of Avandia and resulting in the largest single defendant pharmaceutical settlement in Louisiana history); State of Louisiana v. GlaxoSmithKline, LLC, et al. (GSK Multi-Drug); State of Louisiana v. Abbott Laboratories, et al. (Depakote); State of Louisiana v. Endo Pharmaceuticals (Lidoderm); and State of Louisiana v. Shire Pharmaceuticals, et al. (Adderall XR).

She also provides commercial litigation representation for both plaintiffs and defendants. Such clients include Nucor, IMTT, IMTT-Geismar, Columbus Properties, Crescent Crown Distributing, Co., Republic National Distributing Co., Goldring Gulf Distributing Co. of Mobile, First Bank & Trust, U.S. Filter Corp., and Waste Management, Inc.

Conlee is a member of the State Bar of Louisiana, is licensed to practice law in the Louisiana State Courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, District of Puerto Rico, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, District of North Dakota, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, Fifth and Ninth Circuits. She has also been admitted to practice Pro Hac Vice in various federal and state courts throughout the country.

Conlee is the current President and former Treasurer (2009-2013) on the Board of Directors of Alexander Milne Developmental Services (2008-2020), a non-profit founded in 1843 devoted to the support and care for intellectually disabled persons in a community environment.

Conlee also serves on the Board of Directors of Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans which promotes the preservation, restoration, and revitalization of New Orleans' historic architecture and neighborhoods (2015-2019) and she served on the Trinity Episcopal School, Board of Trustees (2013-2019), served as Vice-Chair (2017-2018), and served on the Trinity Diversity and Inclusion Task Force (2015-2016).