Diandra "Fu" S. Debrosse Zimmermann

DiCello Levitt Gutzler LLC
DiCello Levitt Gutzler LLC
420 20th Street North, Suite 2525, Birmingham, AL 35203 United States
(205) 855-5700
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Fu fights for those who have been wronged – whether an individual or public entity – and over her career has recovered hundreds of millions for those impacted.


Diandra “Fu” Debrosse Zimmermann is managing partner of DiCello Levitt Gutzler’s Birmingham office, co-chair of the firm’s mass tort division, and a member of the firm’s public client, environmental, personal injury, civil rights, and trial practice groups. Widely known for her passionate and relentless client advocacy, Fu represents individuals and public entities that have been injured by wrongful conduct, whether from defective medical devices or drugs, environmental contamination, corporate misconduct, or civil rights abuse. She is nationally recognized as a powerhouse in mass torts, class actions, products liability, discrimination, and sexual assault claims, and has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in client damages.


Fu has held prominent leadership positions for several multidistrict litigations. She currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for In re: Paraquat Products Liability Litigation (MDL 3004) and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for In re: Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) Hip Implant Liability Litigation (MDL 2775). She also represents dozens of municipalities in In re: National Prescription Opiate Litigation (MDL 2804), and is active in In re: Proton Pump Inhibitor Litigation (MDL 2789). Fu held a seat on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for In re Higher One Account Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (MDL 2407).


Fu has earned many accolades over the course of her career. Birmingham Business Journal named Fu to its Who’s Who in Law and Women to Watch lists. She has been awarded The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40; The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys: Top 10 Under 40 in Alabama; and America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®. B-Metro magazine selected Fu as a Top Woman Attorney.


Fu is fluent in French and Haitian Creole and functional in Spanish. Her steadfast pursuit of justice is motivated in large part by her experience as a mother of two young girls.


Practice Areas

Class Action Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Public Client Litigation

Technology, Privacy, and Data Litigation

Defective Products

Pharmaceutical Liability


Education

Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.

City College of the City University of New York, B.A., summa cum laude


Bar Admissions

Alabama

District of Columbia


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court, District of Colorado


Notable Representations

In re Paraquat Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 3004 (S.D. Ill.), Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee

In re Higher One Account Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL No. 2407 (D. Conn), served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee

In re Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2775, (D. Md.) Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee

CPC Reference Labs., Inc. v. Lab. Corp. of Am., No. 3:07CV65, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57019 (N.D. Miss. July 6, 2009), Lead Counsel

Family Medicine Pharmacy LLC v. Impax Laboratories, Inc., Case No. 1:17-cv-00053 (SD AL), Lead Counsel

Louis v. Victory Police Motorcycles, LLC, No. 2:16-CV-1019-VEH, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108842 (N.D. Ala. Aug. 17, 2016), Lead Counsel

Hill v. Hill Bros. Constr. Co., No. 3:14CV213-SA-SAA, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101046 (N.D. Miss. Aug. 2, 2016), Lead Counsel

Kilgore v. Cobra Enterprises of Utah, Circuit Court of Lee County, Alabama, 43-CV-2010-900483.00, Lead Counsel


Honors

President’s Award, Alabama State Bar (2021)

Board of Bar Commissioners Award, Alabama State Bar (2021)

Birmingham Business Journal’s Who’s Who in Law (2021)

National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40

National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, State of Alabama, Top 40 Under 40

America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

Super Lawyers, Alabama

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell


Writings and Presentations

The Universal Connection we Have with Jurors, AAJ Winter Conference 2021

Deposition Nuts and Bolts, AAJ June 4, 2020

Preparing Witnesses Who Can Connect with Jurors, AAJ 2020 Winter Convention – New Orleans, February 8-11, 2020

Preparing Witnesses Who Can Connect with Jurors, AAJ 2019 Weekend with the Starts Seminar, New York, NY December 2019

Exposing Biases During Voir Dire, AAJ Weekend with the Stars Seminar, December 6-19, 2019

How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (And Keep Theirs Out), National Business Institute, Montgomery, Alabama, June 2017

Hugging the Pink Elephant- Arbitrating Effectively & Developments in Arbitration, Birmingham Bar Bench and Bar Retreat, Prattville, Alabama, March 2017

Obstacles in Litigating Sexual Assault Claims, The Southern Trial Lawyer Association 29th Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2017

How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (And Keep Theirs Out), National Business Institute, Montgomery, Alabama 2016

From the Mainstream to the Margins: “It’s on Us” to Vindicate Women’s Rights through the Civil Justice System, Alabama Association for Justice Magazine, 2016

Discrimination Litigation, Fox 6 WBRC LawCall (television program), September 11, 2016

Mass Tort- From Litigation to Settlement Administration, People’s Law School (television program), Huntsville, Alabama, 2012

Taking and Defending the Expert and 30(b)(6) Deposition, Alabama Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Panama City, Florida, 2011

Research in the Legal Profession, Alabama Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Montgomery, Alabama, 2010

Author, The American Trial Lawyer, December 2009

The Tolbert Qualified Settlement, People’s Law School (television program), Huntsville, Alabama, 2009

Diversity in the Profession, American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Fall Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, 2009

American Law: Recognizing the Distinct Legacy of Our Nation, Summer 2009, Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin, Summer 2009


Memberships

American Association for Justice, Board of Governors

Alabama Association for Justice

National Trial Lawyers

Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors

Alabama State Bar, Board of Bar Commissioners, former past Vice President, Executive Council

Alabama State Bar General Counsel’s Office, Disciplinary Hearing Officer

Birmingham Bar Association, former Executive Committee Member

Birmingham Bar Foundation, Executive Committee Member

Magic City Bar Association, Former President

Alabama Access to Justice Commission

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