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Jeanne Loftis is a trial attorney who represents companies in the Pacific Northwest in a wide variety of commercial and casualty cases, with an emphasis on asbestos product liability claims and other mass tort litigation. She has represented businesses in many sectors, including construction, manufacturing, retail, food service, publishing and professional services. Her cases have involved product liability, insurance coverage, premises liability, Employer Liability Law (ELL), enforcement of non-competition agreements, construction injury and defect, investor mismanagement and fraud, environmental cleanup, and high exposure vehicular casualty cases.
As the immediate past leader of Bullivant Houser Bailey's Casualty Law Practice Group, Jeanne has tried as First Chair more than 25 cases to verdict. Her product liability expertise focuses on the defense of mass tort cases, particularly asbestos and silica products and medical drugs and devices. She has represented defendants in hundreds of products cases locally, regionally, and nationally, and has served on four national trial teams, involving a joint compound manufacturer, body filler manufacturer, welding rod manufacturer, and a brake and clutch manufacturer. As a result of her vigorous defense and proven track record at trial, the majority of her asbestos clients are facing no current asbestos litigation in the Pacific Northwest.
Jeanne obtained a defense verdict on behalf of client mine operator against Employer Liability Law (ELL) and Mine Safety and Health Act (MSHA) claims for catastrophic injuries sustained by subcontractor employee during a drilling accident, totaling $10 million in claimed damages. In addition, she has assisted clients in a variety of commercial disputes and represented investment professionals in the National Association of Securities Dealers Forum. As regional counsel, she has participated as chair and speaker in several local counsel training seminars.
Currently, Jeanne is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and serves on the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Litigation Section. Additionally, she serves as Vice Chair on the External Policy Groups Committee for the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and serves as a member on their 2019 Corporate Counsel Roundtable Steering Committee. She has previously held other high-ranking positions, including serving as Board member for 23,000 member DRI, Regional Director for DRI, President of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC), Chair of the Oregon State Bar Board of Bar Examiners, and Chair of the Diversity Section of the Oregon State Bar.