Ms. Rhonda Byrd is a retired trial attorney. As an equity partner with the Dallas law firm of Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, she headed the Commercial Litigation Section of the firm where she specialized in civil trial work, with a particular emphasis in professional liability, medical malpractice, and product liability/medical device liability litigation. Ms. Byrd has represented Fortune 500 Companies in commercial litigation, pharmaceutical companies in drug product liability suits, breast implant manufacturers in product liability litigation, national insurance companies in bad faith suits, insurance companies’ insureds in personal injury, product liability, and toxic tort cases, and multi-national and foreign corporations in business disputes, including arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Zurich, Switzerland, and tax credit disputes in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has traveled all over the world practicing law, from Hong Kong to London, and has a national reputation in the U.S. as a litigator for the defense in medical-related cases.
She was diagnosed with Wegener’s granulomatosis (GPA/Wegener’s) in 1996 and has undergone 25 surgeries, 10 infusions with biologics, years of chemotherapy, and has participated in several clinical trials. She enjoys meeting with fellow vasculitis survivors and helping others develop lifestyle coping strategies. She is fond of saying, “I have Wegener’s, but Wegener’s doesn’t have me.”