Roopal P. Luhana is a Founding Partner of Chaffin Luhana. Ms. Luhana’s parents migrated their family from India to the United States when Ms. Luhana was 5 to give their children a better life. Ms. Luhana’s parents instilled a strong work ethic, drive, and compassion in her from an early age. Those values are consistent with what Ms. Luhana does in her practice every day. Since joining the private sector, Ms. Luhana’s practice focuses on representing injured consumers in mass tort, product liability, and catastrophic personal injury litigation. In 2010, Ms. Luhana co-founded the firm as a national plaintiffs-only law firm with Partner Eric Chaffin.
Ms. Luhana manages the firm’s mass torts division. Over the course of her career, she has served on committees in MDLs involving over-the-counter consumer products and defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
Most recently, Ms. Luhana was appointed by U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in the In re: Zantac (Ranitidine) Products Liability Litigation (S.D.FL.). Ms. Luhana is also one of six Chairs named in the Zantac MDL (ESI/Document Production Committee) and is one of 13 women named to leadership in the litigation.
Previously, Ms. Luhana served as one of only two court-appointed women on the Plaintiff Steering Committee in the In Re: Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation in the Southern District of Illinois. Ms. Luhana further worked closely with the firm’s female clients and co-counsel on transvaginal mesh injury cases, including those that involved the Bard Avaulta Mesh, Mentor Sling, and the Gynecare Prolift.
Ms. Luhana also served on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In re: Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System Prods. Liab. Litig. (No. II), MDL No. 2816, MDL, which is largely resolved (in record time). She was also extensively involved in the denture cream litigation in federal and state courts and served as the Chair of the Law & Briefing Committee in the federal Denture Cream MDL.
Further, Ms. Luhana has litigated a number of significant nationwide class actions. For example, she served as class counsel in the In Re: IPO Securities Litigation, which recently settled for $586 million, and was also class counsel in the ETS nationwide litigation, which resulted in an $11.1 million settlement for teaching candidates who were inaccurately scored on PPLT tests. Additionally, she served as class counsel in a national consumer fraud action against IBM, resulting in a $35 million settlement for purchasers of defective IBM hard drives.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Luhana has been recognized by the courts for her commitment to women’s causes. She was a featured panelist at the 2017 Duke Law Conference to discuss, “Increasing the Number of Women and Minority Lawyers Appointed to Leadership Positions in Class Actions and MDLs” and has been involved in drafting Multi-District Litigation (MDL) Best Practices for federal judges.
Ms. Luhana resides with her family in Brooklyn, New York. When Ms. Luhana is not working on cases or with her clients, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.