Each month, we like to feature one of our attorneys to help you get to know our team better. We sat down with one of our New York attorneys, Zarah Levin-Fragasso, to talk about her background in the legal field and what she is currently working on.
What led you to a legal career?
During my sophomore year of high school, I began contemplating a career as an attorney. While this consideration was in its infancy, several events transpired that determined the course of my young life. These events showed me that often a good attorney is all that stands between corruption and justice. Consequently, I decided to go to law school in pursuit of a career in public service to be a voice and an advocate for the disenfranchised, indigent, and injured.
What has been your most interesting or memorable case and why?
I can’t pick just one! Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to work on many interesting cases and trials. From the time I was a litigation paralegal at a Vault 100 firm until the present, I have been involved with cases ranging from multimillion dollar patent litigation to domestic violence custody battles to taking on giants of the pharmaceutical industry.
I have fond memories of trying my first bench and jury trials as a third year law student with D.C. Law Students in Court Clinic in Washington, D.C. During this period, I faced off against seasoned U.S. Attorneys on behalf of indigent defendants and concluded that litigation was the best way for me to serve my community. More recently, I was proud to be a part of The Lanier Law Firm trial team that procured a $4.69 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson on behalf of twenty-two women who were diagnosed with ovarian cancer after using asbestos-contaminated baby powder.
What litigation are you currently working on?
Currently, I am fighting for plaintiffs in the Round Up weed killer litigation and in the JUUL electronic cigarettes litigation.
What are one or two things about you that most people don’t know?
I volunteer to reform drug laws. This policy work seeks to ameliorate racial disparity in drug prosecutions in the United States and highlights the human rights implications of laws that seek punishment instead of harm reduction. Through the New York City Bar Association, I chaired a committee that published a treatise that was presented before the United Nations. As a volunteer, I continue to seek opportunities surrounding complex public health issues to create positive change in our global legal systems.