On the fifth of August this year, Frank Guerra IV was appointed as co-lead counsel in the Re: Syngenta Litigation, by the Honorable judge Thomas M. Sipkins. Frank was also appointed to serve as a member of the plaintiff’s executive committee. Guerra and the select team are supposed to bring forward a strong case in which they are working in agreement with the MDL leading team.
The case that has been brought against Syngenta was filed by people who complained that the company was manufacturing genetically modified corn and that the product had negative impacts on farmers. The prosecution’s main argument was that this GMO product was leading to a drop in the national corn prices in the country, therefore creating a huge disadvantage for farmers.
Frank is representing the Farmers that filed this class action lawsuit. He stated that he was delighted to be serving farmers and that he had a very deep understanding of the problem the farmers were going through.
Looking closer at the lawyer, it is easy to understand why he would be so passionate about this matter. Watts was born on 17th July 1967 in Corpus Christi Texas. SuperLawyers said that he states that he did grow up on a farm, which means that he has experienced firsthand the effects of falling corn prices in the country. He started school in Texas and after graduating high school, he joined the University of Texas, where he enrolled for a Bachelor’s of Arts. He graduated with honors after a period of just two years. After the bachelor’s degree, he joined the School of Law at the same of the university. He graduated from the school when he was 21.
After his graduation, Watts worked in various sectors. His first job was that of a briefing attorney for the legendary Thomas R. Phillips, the chief Justice to the supreme court of Texas at the time. After leaving the Chief Justice’s office, Watts worked as a partner in the Law firm of Perry and Haas. In 1997, he decided to set up his own law firm. He called it Harris and Watts. The firm expanded a lot in the period between 1997 and 2001 and by the end of this period of time, he had a total of 29 lawyers working for him. The company had offices in more than 5 cities in Texas, and they also had more than 100 support staff. In August 2002, he split from the former partner and form his own law firm, Watts Guerra LLP.
As you can see, the people seem to have chosen the ideal candidate to deal with their case against Syngenta. The many years that Mikal has litigated as a torts lawyer gives him the experience he needs to ensure that the farmers get the justice they deserve on this case.