Abby McClellan advocates for people who have been harmed by dangerous products – particularly dangerous drugs or medical devices. Named a “Rising Star” by Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, she focuses on large-scale cases that involve thousands of plaintiffs across the United States.
Among her current cases:
- Abby represents individuals who took Risperdal, a drug designed to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism-related irritability, and experienced gynecomastia, the development of abnormal breast tissue. The litigation, which involves more than 10,000 plaintiffs, alleges that the manufacturer failed to provide adequate warning about this side effect and failed to properly research Risperdal.
- Abby is litigating on behalf of individuals who were prescribed Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and suffered catastrophic injuries, including heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and death. The lawsuits allege the manufacturers failed to warn users and marketed TRT for symptoms the drug was not designed to treat.
- Abby was appointed by a federal judge to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee of the Taxotere Products Liability Litigation, multidistrict litigation that consolidates lawsuits alleging that the breast cancer drug caused permanent hair loss. As a part of this committee, Abby helps oversee the complex management of the plaintiffs’ litigation, which involves breast cancer survivors from across the country.
Abby finds personal fulfillment from working for vulnerable individuals; her younger brother is autistic, and before attending law school, she was a special education teacher. During law school, Abby worked for the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Institute for Human Development, where she wrote grants to support people with developmental disabilities in the workplace. As an attorney, she is motivated to pursue accountability and answers for patients and their families.
As a teacher, Abby worked with students with behavior and developmental disabilities in kindergarten, first grade and second grade in Fort Madison, Iowa. Although she is no longer in the classroom, she applies this background in her legal practice; she takes pride in her ability to explain complex legal and medical subjects.
She also runs the lawyer volunteer tutoring program at Operation Breakthrough, a facility which provides a safe educational environment for children in poverty. The program, which helps kids with reading and homework, reaches up to 100 kids each year.
Prescription Drug and Device Litigation. Abby is part of the litigation team representing individuals experiencing harmful side effects from the prescription medications Risperdal, Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Taxotere and Proton Pump Inhibitors. She also represents individuals harmed by Inferior Vena Cava Filters (IVC).
In May 2019 Abby was appointed by Judge Casey Rodgers to serve on the Early Vetting Leadership Committee for the 3M Combat Earplugs Multidistrict Litigation located in the Northern District of Florida.
In November 2016, a United States Judge appointed Abby to a leadership role as a member of the Taxotere Litigation Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee.
“Hot Topics in Mass Tots: Status of Taxotere Litigation," American Association for Justice (May 24, 2017, San Antonio, TX);
"Current Issues in MDLs and Class Actions: Selection of Lead Counsel and Steering Committees," Western District of Missouri and The Federal Bar Association (March 26, 2019, Kansas City, MO)
Honors & Awards
Honors & Recognitions
Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers "Rising Star" 2017 – 2019
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance
Mardi Gras Queen – 2019
Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly Up and Coming Lawyer – 2019
Community & Professional
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation
Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance (LEAP) - Board Member: 2016-Present
- Implement board initiatives to increase academic success for students at Operation Breakthrough
- Oversee reading buddies and study buddies program at Operation Breakthrough
Federal Practice Committee
Board Member: 2018-Present
- Collaborate with Justices from the Western District of Missouri judges and other board members to evaluate local and federal rules
UMKC School of Law Alumni Board - Board Member
- Grow the UMKC School of Law Alumni Group
- Fundraise for UMKC School of Law
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation
- Member of Young Lawyers Division
- Federal Courts Section Member
- Volunteer at annual Ask-A-Lawyer telethon
Federal Bar Association - Member
American Association for Justice (AAJ)
- Taxotere Litigation Group Member
- 3M Litigation Group Member
Association for Women Lawyers (AWL) - Member
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
- Young Friends of the Arts Member
- Party Arty Committee 2014-2015
Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club - Member
P.E.O. Women’s Organization - Member
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
- Honors: Dean's List; CALI award for highest grade in Civil Procedure
B.A., summa cum laude, 2008
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 2016
- Missouri, 2013