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Biography

Since graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1997, Jay has passionately advocated for the rights of people wrongfully injured and killed. He has been trying products liability cases for more than twenty years, achieving numerous substantial verdicts, judgments, and settlements. Jay has successfully protected experts against Daubert-type challenges in many jurisdictions, against some of the largest defense law firms and most sophisticated corporate defendants in the world. Jay has tried cases in courthouses across the country, won a national top 100 verdict, and been recognized for winning the largest asbestos trial verdicts of the year in two different states (California and Missouri) - in the same year.  

Jay has been featured in Texas Lawyer and appeared on WFAA-TV as a legal commentator. In addition, Jay has frequently been an invited speaker at professional conferences, including the 2019 Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference, 2019 Perrin Cutting Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference, 2015 Perrin Asbestos Litigation Conference, multiple Plaintiffs Asbestos Litigation Seminars (PALS) conferences, and others.

 

“As a trial lawyer, you cannot consistently win verdicts, or recover substantial settlements, without fully understanding three things: your client’s experience, the evidence that shows the defendant’s responsibility, and the science that proves it.  In every case I try, I am committed to delving into all the details of each of these elements to maximize the client’s recovery and the probability of a successful verdict.”

 

When he's not trying cases, Jay enjoys spending time with his wife, three kids, and three dogs.

 

Representative Cases

Representative Cases

Depoian v. Whittaker, Clark & Daniels, Inc., et al., Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC607192

 

Date:           October 19, 2016

 

Outcome:   Significant verdict for Plaintiff

 

Description:  Phil Depoian developed mesothelioma from his use of a variety of consumer talcum powders, many of which were supplied with asbestos-contaminated talc by Whittaker, Clark, and Daniels. In a six-week trial, the Plaintiffs proved that the talc supplied by WCD contained asbestos and caused Phil Depoian’s cancer.  The jury awarded then-record damages, and the case settled immediately before the punitive damages phase of trial began.

Urbach v. The Okonite Company, St. Louis, MO Circuit Court, Case No. 1122-CC10636

 

Date:           January 25, 2016

 

Outcome:    Significant verdict for Plaintiff

 

Description:  Keith Urbach developed mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos-containing products, including asbestos-containing fixture wire manufactured by Okonite, during his career as an electrician.  Okonite claimed that it never made the product at issue, and even if it did, that the product could not have caused mesothelioma.  The jury disagreed, finding Okonite was negligent and that its asbestos-containing fixture wire was in a defective condition unreasonably dangerous to its users.

Bobo v. Tennessee Valley Authority, United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, No. CV 12-S-1930-NE

Date:          September 29, 2015

Outcome:  Significant judgment for Plaintiff (bench trial)

Description:  Barbara Bobo developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos on her husband’s work clothing.  Mrs. Bobo’s husband was a laborer at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant for many years, and routinely wore his work clothes home to be laundered by Mrs. Bobo.  Judge Lynwood Smith, following a bench trial, found that the TVA had violated its own safety codes in allowing asbestos fibers to contaminate his clothing and was therefore negligent. The case was affirmed by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Pfeifer v. John Crane, Los Angeles Superior Court, No. BC416536

 

Date:           November 16, 2010

  

Outcome:   Significant verdict for Plaintiff

 

Description:  Bill Pfeifer contracted mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos products, including John Crane gaskets and packing. Plaintiffs proved that John Crane knew or should have known that asbestos was deadly for decades, but failed to take the proper precautions to protect Mr. Pfeifer. The jury found that John Crane was negligent, that its products were unreasonably dangerous, and that it failed to warn of asbestos related dangers.  The jury awarded substantial compensatory and punitive damages, and the case was affirmed on appeal by the California Court of Appeals.  The reported opinion remains one of the most significant cases on punitive damages in California jurisprudence.

Ford v. Ferro Engineering, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA, May Term 2010 No. 2010;

Ihlenfeld v. Ferro Engineering, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA, June Term 2011 No. 236

McCann v. Ferro Engineering, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA, November Term 2012 No. 595

 

Date:                     May 20, 2014 – All three cases were tried concurrently 

Outcome:              Significant verdicts for Plaintiffs

 

Description:         This consolidated trial involved three former steel mill workers who developed mesothelioma due to their exposure to asbestos from Ferro hot tops and other products.  The jury found that Ferro Engineering was negligent and its hot top products were defective, and that the Plaintiffs’ exposure to the Ferro hot tops caused their mesotheliomas and deaths.

Voelker v. John Crane, Eighth Judicial District, Erie County, NY, No. 801886/2013

Date:                     July 23, 2015

Outcome:              Significant verdict for Plaintiff

Description:         Bill Voelker contracted mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos products, including John Crane gaskets. Plaintiffs proved that John Crane knew or should have known that asbestos was deadly for decades, but failed to take the proper precautions to protect Mr. Voelker. The jury found that John Crane was negligent, that their products were unreasonably dangerous, and that they failed to warn of asbestos related dangers.  Although the Plaintiffs readily admitted exposure to many other asbestos products, the jury found that John Crane failed to establish that any other party was negligent and found John Crane 100% responsible for Mr. Voelker’s disease.

 

TESTIMONIALS

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Jay,

 

I wanted to thank you for representing me in my talc case against a variety of corporations that produce and use talc in their products.

 

I have no doubt as I watched the jurors over a six week period that your knowledge of the science and the history of talc and its relationship to mesothelioma made all the difference in the decision that the jury ultimately made. 

 

The time and effort you put into my representation day and night, day after day, overwhelmed me and my family. It was obvious to anyone watching the case that you were not any ordinary lawyer just handling a case.  You believed in your client and the harm that was done to me by those multinational corporations. And the jury believed you. 

 

My hope is that you know just how much your kindness and care meant to us, and it will not be forgotten.

 

Thanks again for all the work you did on my behalf. My family and I are forever grateful.

 

Philip Depoian

Testimonials

Jay,

 

I wanted to thank you for representing me in my talc case against a variety of corporations that produce and use talc in their products.

 

As I watched the jurors over a six week period, I had no doubt that your knowledge of the science and the history of talc and its relationship to mesothelioma made all the difference in the decision that the jury ultimately made. 

 

The time and effort you put into my representation day and night, day after day, overwhelmed me and my family. It was obvious to anyone watching the case that you were not any ordinary lawyer just handling a case.  You believed in your client and the harm that was done to me by those multinational corporations. And the jury believed you. 

 

My hope is that you know just how much your kindness and care meant to us, and it will not be forgotten.

 

Thanks again for all the work you did on my behalf. My family and I are forever grateful.

 

Philip Depoian

I can't say enough good things about Jay.

 

What separated him from other lawyers is that he really listened to what I had to say. He made sure that I was aware and part of the process, and informed me of each step that was being taken and what outcomes I might expect.

 

He went above and beyond and won my case.

 

Jean U.

 

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