MARGARET MOSES BRANCH
0: THE BRANCH LAW FIRM
2025 Rio Grande Blvd ., N.W.
I Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104
(T) (505) 243-3501
(F) (505) 243-3534
H; 8635 Rio Grande N .W.
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87114
1975 University of New Mexico, B.U.S .
I 1978 University of New Mexico Law School, J .D.
1985 ATLA National College of Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy
Program, University of Washington
1991 ATLA National College of Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Techniques and
Strategy : Products Liability, Hastings University
I 1977-78 Law Clerk, Sutin, Thayer & Browne
1976-78 Law Clerk, JAG U .S. Army Reserves
1976-78 Law Clerk, Judicial Committee and Corporations Committee, New Mexico
I State Legislature
1978-80 Associate, Glascock, McKim & Head
I 1980-83 General Counsel, Carbon Coal Company, a subsidiary of Hamilton Brothers
1984-87 Associate, Branch Law Firm
I 1987- Partner, Branch Law Firm
' 1978 New Mexico State Bar
1978 U.S. District Court-District of New Mexico
_ 1988 U.S. Court of Appeals-Tenth Circuit
MEMBERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
I Vice President, University of New Mexico Graduate Students Association
1977-78 President, University of New Mexico Graduate Students Association
1979- Member, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
1993- Board of Directors, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
1982 Vice President, New Mexico Young Lawyers Division, N.M. State Bar
1985- Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
1992 Co-Chair, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Present Membership Task Force
I 1991- Sustaining Member of Association of Trial Lawyers of
1985- Albuquerque Bar Association
1987- Fellow, New Mexico Bar Foundation
1989- Albuquerque Lawyers Club
I 1990-91 Founder, President, New Mexico Women's Bar Association
1991-92 Member, New Mexico Women's Bar Association Board of Directors
1990- Member, State Bar Committee on Implementation of the Task
I Present Force's Recommendations on Women in the Legal Profession
1991- Member, Judicial Selection Committee, Second Judicial
1992 Member, Executive Committee, ATLA Failure to Diagnose
Present Breast Cancer Litigation Group
I 1992- Member, Board of Directors, New Mexico Trial Lawyers
1993-94 Vice President, ATLA Women Trial Lawyers Caucus
I 1992- Co-Chair, Membership Task Force, Association of Trial
Present Lawyers of America
1994 Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
1994 Member, Voluntary/Involuntary State Bar Conclave
1994 Member, Governor's Commission to Revise the Constitution
1995 Member of Second Judicial District Judicial Commission
COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES
1981- Member, Board of Directors, YMCA, Albuquerque Chapter
1984- Albuquerque Country Club Women's Golf Association
1991-94 Member, Board of Directors, American Cancer Society, West
1995 ATLA Delegate, New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
1986 Albuquerque Bar Association Pro Bono Legal Services Certificate
I 1992 Henrietta Pettijohn Award, First Recipient, Outstanding Service on Behalf
of Women in the Legal Profession
1993 "Citation of Excellence" awarded by American Trial Lawyers Association .
I 1993 National Collge of Advocacy Advocate Certificate
1994 YWCA "Women on the Move" Award in Law .
SPEECHES AND TEACHING/LECTURING PRESENTATIONS
I 1990 University of New Mexico Law School Trial Practice Session, "Opening
Statements: Your Client's Story"
1990 Texas Trial Lawyers Seminar, Steamboat Springs, Colorado - "Preparation
I and Presentation of Medical Expert Testimony"
1990 Stetson Law School Trial Practice Class - "Trial Practice Errors"
1991 New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, 1991 Update on Torts -
"New Trends in Business Torts," "Update in the Areas of Sexual
Discrimination and Civil Rights ."
I 1992 ATLA National College of Advocacy, Medical-Legal Update Seminar -
"Medicine and the Law : Special Issues Facing Women"
1992 Law Education Institute -"Choosing and Preparing the Economic Expert
I Appraiser, Accountant, Economist"
1992 ATLA National College of Advocacy, Moderator, "Litigating Women's
I 1992 ATLA National College of Advocacy, " Essentials of Trial Practice: Medical
Malpractice Section" ; one week advocacy course .
1993 ATLA Annual Convention, "Guinea Pigs Again : Women's Rights in Health
Issues: Plastic Surgery, Breast Implants and Other Procedures"
1993 Young Lawyers Section, ATLA Newsletter, "The High Impact Resume and
I Impressive Interview Techniques : A Hiring Partner's Perspective"
1993 ATLA Breast Implant Litigation Group, "Utilization of Rule 23 in Mentor
I 1993 Law Education Institute, "Breast Implant Litigation"
1993 ATLA Annual Convention, "Utilization of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in
1993 New Mexico Trial Lawyers Seminar on Products Liability, "Breast Implant
1993 ATLA National College of Advocacy, "Special Negotiating Skills and
Techniques in Settling Mass Tort Cases"
1993 ATLA National College of Advocacy, Status of Breast Implant Litigation,
I "Comprehensive Overview of Principles of Global Settlement"
1993 International Women's Forum, "Women's Health: Avoid Becoming a Medical
Statistic Through Collective Effort"
I 1993 New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, Comprehensive
Overview of the Breast Implant Litigation and Proposed Rule 23 Settlement
1994 Law Education Institute, "PlaintifPs Perspective on Multi-District Litigation
re Breast Implant Litigation"
1994 Texas State Bar Association, Advanced Medical Malpractice Seminar,
"Analysis of Pharmaceutical/Medical Devices Litigation"
1994 ATLA National College of Advocacy Specialized College on Damages,
"Testimonial Evidence - Expert Witness Interviews" and "Testimonial
I Evidence - Lay Witness Interviews"
1994 ATLA Breast Implant Litigation Update Seminar, "The Current Status of
I 1994 Prentice-Hall seminar, "The Breast Implant Global Settlement"
1994 Lorman Business Center seminar, "Confidentiality of Medical Records"
1994 ATLA seminar, "Breast Implant Litigation Emergency Seminar"
1994 ATLA seminar, "Science and the Jury"
1994 The New Mexico Women's Bar Association, "Women JDs :
Traveling A Successful Career Path ."
1994 18th Annual Page Keeton Products Liability & Pesotnl
Injury Law Conference, Status of Breast Implant
I Litigation and Settlement
1994 New York State Bar Insurance Journal, Breast Implant
I 1994 Western Trial Lawyers' Journal, Breast Implant Litigation Status
1995 Editor on the Editorial Board of "Medical/Legal Aspects ofBLeast
1995 New York State Court of Appeals, Insurance Negligence &
Compensation Law Section Journal, "Silicone Gel Breast Implant
I Litigation-An Overview"
I 4 Cn
1995 ATLA National Convention, "Marketing the Law Office : Practice from a
Woman Trial Lawyer's Perspective"
1995 ATLA Seminar, "The High Impact Resume and Important
I Interview Techniques: A Hiring Part.ner's Perspective"
1995 ATLA National Convention, "Interstate Trucking Liability"
1995 Editor, Leaders Publication, "Medical and Legal Aspects
I of Breast Implants"
1995 Western Trial Lawyers Association, Maui, "How to Use Cutting Edge
Technology Effectively and Inexpensively"
I 1995 Children Afflicted By Toxic Substances (CATS) Seminar, "Use of The Latest
Technologies In A Breast Implant Case"
1995 Mealey's Seminar, Chair, Breast Implant Litigation Conference-West Palm
1995 Mealey's Norplant Seminar: Status of Multi-district Litigation
I 1996 Texas Bar Association, "Federal Preemption" and Other Current
1996 Western Trial Lawyers Association, "How to Effectively Utilize Focus
I Groups"-Sun Valley, Idaho
I Margaret Moses Branch, in her practice, has been particularly interested in health
issues that relate to women . She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the
Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer ATLA Litigation Group . She was Moderator for the
I National College of Advocacy, Medical-Legal Update Seminar, for the section entitled,
"Medicine and the Law : Special Issues Facing W omen." Ms . Branch served as a Moderator
of the ATLA National College of Advocacy, "Litigating Women's Health Issues" in
October, 1992 .
I She has served as counsel in cases which involved failure to diagnose breast cancer,
colon cancer, uterine cancer, pancreatitis, leukoplakia, peritonitis, appendicitis,
compartment syndrome, aneurysms, pneumonia, meningitis, abruptio placenta,
I kernicterus and other illnesses and diseases.
She has served as counsel in cases which involved failure to diagnose breast cancer,
colon cancer, uterine cancer, pancreatitis, leukoplakia, peritonitis, appendicitis,
' compartment syndrome, aneurysms, pneumonia, meningitis, abruptio placenta,
kernicterus and other illnesses and diseases .
She has been involved in cases that addressed issues of surgical negligence, i.e.,
laminectomies, cholecystectomies, colonoscopies, hernia repairs, hip replacements .
Additionally, she has been involved in cases that dealt with obstetrical issues, i .e., failure
to perform timely cesarean sections, inappropriate radiological procedures, unnecessary
hysterectomies and incomplete abortions .
In July of 1992, Ms . Branch was appointed to the Plaintiffs' Multi-District Litigation
Plaintiffs' Steering Committee which is responsible for representing allwomennationwide
' who file breast implant cases in the federal court system. She serves as chair of the Mentor
Committee which negotiated a 23b(1)(B) limited fund class settlement of $25 .8 million. Ms .
Branch served on the five member negotiating team which recently negotiated an opt-out
Rule 23 class settlement in the amount of $4 .75 billion . In March 1994 she was appointed
Settlement Class Counsel in the Breast Implant Global Settlement . Most recently Ms .
Branch was appointed to the Tort Claimant's Committee to protect the interests of Dow
Corning claimants and assist in forumulating a bankruptcy plan .
I Ms . Branch has also been involved in toxic tort cases involving hydrogen sulfide,
natural gas, hydrochloric acid, and pesticides; and she is particularly interested in
environmental issues and legal resolutions .
Ms . Branch has been actively involved in the L-Tryptophan Multi-District
Litigation . L-Tryptophan is an amino acid which was marketed as a therapeutic aide for
insomnia, premenstrual syndrome and depression . It was a product primarily used by
women which required no governmental safety testing until the product was associated
I with Eosinophilia Myalgia Syndrome, an autoimmune disease which causes scleroderma,
pulmonary hypertension, and brain lesions .