Speaker

DiCello Levitt Gutzler

Speaker Bio

Diandra “Fu” Debrosse Zimmermann is managing partner of DiCello Levitt’s Birmingham office, co-managing partner of the Washington, D.C. office, and co-chair of the firm’s Mass Tort division. Fu is also a member of the firm’s Public Client, Environmental, Personal Injury, Civil Rights, and Trial practice groups.

Widely known for her relentless client advocacy, Fu represents individuals and public entities injured by wrongful conduct, whether from defective medical devices or drugs, environmental contamination, corporate misconduct, or civil rights abuse. She is nationally recognized as a powerhouse in mass torts, class actions, products liability, discrimination, and sexual assault claims. Hundreds of millions of dollars in client damages were secured by Fu’s advocacy.

Fu holds prominent leadership positions for several multidistrict litigations. These include:

  • Co-Lead Counsel of the In re: Abbott Laboratories, et al., Preterm Infant Nutrition Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 3026),
  • The Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for In re: Paraquat Products Liability Litigation (MDL 3004)
  • The Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for In re: Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Hip Implant Liability Litigation(MDL 2775)
  • Representing dozens of municipalities in In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation(MDL 2804)
  • Representing municipalities In re: McKinsey &Company Inc., National Prescription Opiate Consultant Litigation (MDL 2996)
  • Counsel in In re: Proton Pump Inhibitor Litigation (MDL 2789)

Fu also held a seat on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for In re: Higher One Account Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (MDL 2407) and has represented plaintiffs in multiple additional multidistrict litigations.

In addition, Fu leads many of the firm’s systematic civil rights and sexual assault cases and actively represents states and municipalities in consumer litigation.

Fu was recognized in 2022 as one of the 500 Leading Consumer Lawyers by LawdragonChambers USA 2022 ranked the firm’s Litigation: Mainly Plaintiffs team among the top five in Alabama. The Birmingham Business Journal honored Fu with a Best of the Bar Award and Who’s Who in the Law recognitions in 2021. She is repeatedly named as an Alabama Super Lawyer, among other recognitions and awards.

Fu is a founding member of Shades of Mass, an organization dedicated to encouraging the appointment of black and brown attorneys in national mass tort actions. She is a board member of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, a hearing officer for the Alabama State Bar, and a member of the Birmingham Bar Foundation. Fu has previously held leadership roles as a revitalizing Board of Governor member of the American Association for Justice, a member of the Alabama Access to Justice Commission, and an Alabama State Bar vice president and commissioner. Fu also served as the president of the Magic City Bar Association, the legislative liaison to the Alabama Lawyers Association, and is a former member of the Birmingham Bar Association Executive Committee.

Fu is fluent in French and Haitian Creole and functional in Spanish. Her steadfast pursuit of justice is motivated in large part by her experience as a mother of two young girls.