Frances L. Spinelli

Fran was born on April 9, 1954 in Bayonne, New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Kean College of New Jersey and a certification in medical technology in 1977 from the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Before law school, Fran worked as a medical technologist in a variety of healthcare settings, including a large clinical laboratory, hospitals, and a basic science research facility. She co-authored several scientific publications during that period.

Fran received her Juris Doctor degree from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1989. During law school, she was a member of the trial and appellate moot court boards and competed on trial and appellate moot court teams. She was chosen as the "Best Advocate" in the Allegheny County Trial Lawyers Association Trial Moot Court competition for 1989. Also at Dickinson she was selected for membership in the Order of Barristers.

After law school, Fran practiced in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a medium-sized commercial litigation firm where she handled and participated in litigation involving securities matters, commercial disputes, and worker's compensation. Thereafter she served as in-house counsel in the toxic tort section of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation law department. At Westinghouse Fran practiced in the areas of environmental insurance coverage litigation and toxic-tort products liability litigation. She participated in the administration of litigation and the management of local and regional counsel in toxic-tort and products-liability matters in multiple states and regions. She also practiced with Jenkens & Gilchrist in Dallas, Texas in the products liability area.

Fran joined Evert Weathersby Houff in 1999. She practices principally in the areas of products liability, medical malpractice, and pharmaceutical and medical devices litigation. She represents individuals and corporations, plaintiffs and defendants, in various state and federal courts. In her defense practice she has principal responsibility for the administration and defense of asbestos lawsuits in three jurisdictions (two states and a foreign territory) for several Fortune 500 companies.

Fran is admitted to practice in Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

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