Poorad Razavi is an Of Counsel at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Complex Tort Litigation practice group. Mr. Razavi’s practice focuses on products liability, vehicle defects, roadway design and maintenance defects, trucking and car accidents, chemical exposure, negligent security, and multi-million dollar wrongful death and catastrophic injury suits.
Mr. Razavi has represented clients in state and federal courts across the nation, including in Florida, California, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, New York, Nevada, Michigan, Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He has litigated claims against all of the major insurance carriers, as well as automobile, tire, and component part manufacturers, including General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Chrysler, Takata, and Continental, as well as highway guardrail manufacturers, installers and other contractors. Mr. Razavi has also handled a broad range of non-traditional personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout the country, including claims involving chemical and pesticide exposure, chlorine gas exposure, mold exposure, construction defect, boating defect, negligent vehicle repairs, and negligent tractor-trailer operation.
What is particularly unique about Mr. Razavi’s experience is his background as a former civil litigation defense attorney and his perspective into the mindset of insurance companies and corporate defendants. This background gives him a unique understanding about how to maximize the value of a claim in order to ensure that clients receive maximum compensation for their injuries.
Mr. Razavi also has extensive experience in claims against the Department of Transportation and private state contractors for roadway design and defects. He has litigated multiple roadway design and maintenance defect claims resulting in multi-million dollar settlements and subsequent installation and remediation of guardrails, re-paving, curbing, and rehabilitation of roadways in multiple counties.
Currently, Mr. Razavi is litigating the following notable matters:
- Dunn v. Sacoolas (E.D. Va.): On September 9, 2020 Cohen Milstein filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, citizens of the U.K., against Anne Sacoolas, a U.S. citizen, after she hit 19-year-old Harry Dunn, the son of Charlotte and Tim, on his motorcycle, causing him catastrophic injuries that ultimately led to his death.
- Bernardo, et al. v. Pfizer, Inc., et al. (S.D. Fla.): On February 20, 2020, Cohen Milstein filed a false advertising, medical monitoring, and personal injury class action against Pfizer, Inc., Boehringer Ingelheim, Sanofi, and other pharmaceutical companies on behalf of multiple plaintiffs and putative class members across the United States who, as a result of taking Zantac (ranitidine), may have been afflicted with cancer or may now be subject to an increased risk of developing cancer.
- Lindsay X-LITE Guardrail Litigation (State Crt.: Tenn., S.C.): Cohen Milstein represents more than five families of decedents and victims of catastrophic injuries in a series of individual products liability, wrongful death and catastrophic injury lawsuits in Tennessee and South Carolina state courts against the Lindsay Corporation and several related entities for designing, manufacturing, selling, and installing defective, X-Lite guardrails on state roadways.
- Ratha, et al. v. Phatthana Seafood Co. (C.D. Cal.): Cohen Milstein is representing seven Cambodian plaintiffs in a cross-border human rights lawsuit, involving human trafficking, forced labor, involuntary servitude, and peonage by factories in Thailand that produce shrimp and seafood for export to the United States.
- ExxonMobil - Aceh, Indonesia (D.C.C.): Cohen Milstein is representing eleven Indonesian citizens in a cross-border human rights lawsuit involving allegations of physical abuse, sexual assault, other forms of torture, and murder committed by Indonesian soldiers who were hired by Exxon Mobil Corporation.
Mr. Razavi has successfully litigated the following matters:
- Saori Yamauchi, et al. v. Toyota Motor Corporation, et al. (Cir. Crt., Dutchess Cty., N.Y): Cohen Milstein and local New York co-counsel filed a product liability and personal injury complaint against Toyota Motor Corporation, Autoliv, and related entities on behalf of Saori Yamauchi. Mrs. Yamauchi sustained a catastrophic injury during an accident in her Toyota Sienna because of the vehicle’s airbag system deploying in a dangerous manner. The case is currently being litigated in the Supreme Court of the State of New York in Dutchess County.
- Hand, et al. v. Scott, et al. (N.D. Fla.): Cohen Milstein and Fair Elections Legal Network, a national voting rights organization, achieved a major victory on behalf of former felons in Florida, who claimed their constitutional rights had been infringed by Florida’s Clemency Board. U.S. District Court Judge Mark E. Walker ruled that the process by which Florida’s Clemency Board grants or denies former felons’ restoration of voting rights applications is unconstitutionally arbitrary and violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment right of free association and free expression, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment.
- Quinteros, et al. v. DynCorp, et al. (D.D.C.): Cohen Milstein represented over 2,000 Ecuadorian farmers and their families who suffered physical injuries and property damage as a result of aerial spraying of toxic herbicides on or near their land by DynCorp, a U.S. government contractor. A bellwether trial on behalf of the first six Ecuadorian clients concluded in April 2017, when the ten-person jury unanimously determined that DynCorp was responsible for the conduct of the pilots with whom it had subcontracted to conduct the chemical spraying after April 2003. This resolution allowed for a successful case settlement.
Additionally, Mr. Razavi initiated the investigation and discovery of a major nation-wide vehicle airbag defect resulting in the filing of a subsequent class action against the world’s largest automobile manufacturers, in which he was selected to the Interim Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee.
Mr. Razavi is repeatedly selected as “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers and a “Legal Elite Up and Comer” by Florida Trend Magazine. Mr. Razavi is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Razavi is also a frequent writer and speaker. His articles have been published in Florida Justice Association’s Journal and focus on preservation of evidence in fighting against the automobile industry, as well as defective guardrail and roadway design. Annually, Mr. Razavi is a speaker at Florida Justice Association seminars, including “Identifying and Developing Roadway and Guardrail Defect Claims” at FJA’s Advanced Trial Skills seminars.
In addition to his private practice, Mr. Razavi proudly serves the legal and local community, holding several prominent Palm Beach County Bar Association roles, including being appointed Co-Chair for the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Annual Bench Bar Conference in 2016 and was an elected Board Member for the Palm Beach County Justice Association from 2015 through 2019.
Mr. Razavi graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in International Business and Business Economics. He received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and was a Merit Scholarship recipient.
- Elected Board Member for the Palm Beach County Justice Association, 2015-2019
- Co-Chair for the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Annual Bench Bar Conference, 2016, 2017
- Committee Chair for the Personal Injury section for the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Annual Bench Bar Conference, 2014, 2015
- Committee Chair for the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Personal Injury/Wrongful Death CLE committee, 2015, 2016
- Committee Member for the Judicial Relations Committee, 2015
- Committee Chair for the Young Lawyer Division’s Judicial Relations committee, 2014, 2015