Vinita Banthia

Attorney

Phone: 612.343.3229
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BACKGROUND

Vinita Banthia practices primarily in the areas of class action defense, commercial litigation, products liability, drug and device. She brings to bear her notable expertise in complex sciences.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Banthia served as a law clerk at the University of Minnesota Office of the General Counsel, working on issues of intellectual property, regulatory compliance, contractual relations, as well as a range of litigation matters. She has also worked at a local patent prosecution firm on patents related to medical devices, gene sequences, and agricultural inventions. In addition, during law school, she worked as a Student Advocate for nearly two years, representing and defending students accused of misconduct on campus such as plagiarism, academic dishonesty, dormitory violations, as well as sexual harassment and sexual assault. During her 1L summer, Ms. Banthia served as a judicial extern to then-Chief Judge Michael Davis in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Ms. Banthia’s practice focuses on medical device, products liability defense, and other complex litigation. Ms. Banthia is a member of the Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice Young Lawyers Group.  She is admitted to practice in Minnesota.

EDUCATION

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.  (2016) (on Dean’s List); Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, and Technology; Co-president of the South Asian Law Student Association
  • University of British Columbia, B.S. in Biology  (2012)

AWARDS

  • Dean’s List, University of Minnesota Law School (Fall 2014-Spring 2016)
  • University of Minnesota Public Service Award
  • Ramsey County Bar Association Diversity Scholarship

RECENT PRESENTATIONS/PUBLICATIONS

  • Establishing an International Climate Court,  34 J. Envtl. L. & Litig.  (2019) (forthcoming).
  • CLE: Litigating Hate Crimes, Minnesota Conference Center, Minneapolis, MN (Dec. 6, 2017).
  • Biosimilars: Countering Shortages of Biotherapies in a Global and Local Context, 57 IDEA: J. FRANKLIN PIERCE FOR INTELL. PROP. (2017).
  • Neglected Diseases: How Intellectual Property Can Incentivize New Treatment, 16 CHI.-KENT J. INTELL. PROP. 241(2016), available at http://scholarship.kentlaw.iit.edu/ckjip/vol16/iss1/10.
  • Pete Goss & Vinita Banthia, CLE: Cybersecurity and Medical Devices, MSBA Food, Drug and Device Section (Nov. 30, 2016).
  • Note, Biosimilar Regulation: Bringing the U.S. Up to Speed with Other Markets, 16 MINN. J. L. SCI. & TECH. (2015).
  • The International Biologics Landscape: Providing New Meaning for the Doha Declaration, MID-ATLANTIC L. & SOC’Y ASSOC., John Day College of Criminal Justice, New York City, NY (Oct. 10, 2015).
  • Vinita Banthia & Amarachi Ihejirika, Environmental Justice in Regional Transportation Plans, ASSOC. L., PROPERTY, SOC’Y, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, GA (May 2, 2015).

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • Gareis v. 3M Company (Bair Hugger™). Member of trial team that won a complete defense verdict for one of the world's largest global innovation manufacturing companies in the first product liability multidistrict litigation (MDL) bellwether trial in Minnesota Federal District Court. The jury agreed with the defense that the warming device did not cause surgical site infections. This case is one of more than 4,500 cases in the Minnesota MDL all involving numerous complex novel scientific legal issues. With Mr. Blackwell’s leadership, the defense team has secured dismissal of all Minnesota State cases, prevented Plaintiffs from adding punitive damages, won a significant motion to compel, securing more than $11,000 in fees and costs for client. The verdict was widely covered in the media.
  • Flushable Wipes Class Action.  In this putative nationwide class action, multiple municipalities allege that flushable wipes are clogging their sewer systems.  The firm’s defense of one of the largest global producers of consumer products specializing in wet wipes and coffee filters, is underway.

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