Jeanne Loftis is a trial attorney passionate about defending companies in the Pacific Northwest during the most stressful situations they will ever face. Clients seek out her guidance on commercial and casualty cases when their problems are especially complicated and can only be resolved at trial. Jeanne is nationally recognized and has a proven track record after trying 25+ cases to verdict as First Chair. She has taken more cases to trial than most civil litigators.
Jeanne tackles complex mass tort, employment, and product liability litigation, with participation ranging from a key leader of a national trial team to defending cases in collaboration with other defendants. She has successfully defended hundreds of products cases involving asbestos, breast implant, pelvic mesh, medical drug, and other medical device liability claims.
Types of cases
- Product liability
- Insurance coverage
- Premises liability
- Employer Liability Law (ELL)
- Employment litigation
- Enforcement of non-competition agreements
- Construction injury and defect
- Investor mismanagement and fraud
- Environmental cleanup
- Sex abuse
- High exposure vehicular casualty
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law – J.D., 1991
- University of California, Davis – B.S., 1985, Physiology
- $10.5 million asbestos litigation claim dismissed against a building materials distributor
Obtained summary judgment dismissing a $10.5 million asbestos litigation claim targeting their client, a building materials distributor. The plaintiff alleged exposure to asbestos from a joint compound supplied by the distributor while working as a construction laborer. A Multnomah Circuit Court judge concluded that the plaintiff failed to meet his burden to establish that the plaintiff was exposed to asbestos from a product distributed by the company, and asbestos from any product distributed by the company would have substantially contributed to the plaintiff’s asbestos-related injury.
- Defense jury verdict for mine operating company in $10 million ELL catastrophic injury case
Obtained 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. Plaintiff claimed damages totaling $10 million for traumatic amputation of his left arm, brain damage, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other injuries; plaintiff also alleged complete unemployability. The jury deliberated for a day and a half before finding that the mine operator did not violate the employer liability law and that any violation of the federal regulations did not cause plaintiff’s damages. Plaintiff agreed to forego any appeal.
- Defense jury verdict in defamation case
Obtained defense verdict on behalf of an individual, the principal of a nonprofit coalition working for neighborhood livability, who was sued by a strip club owner for defamation. The coalition’s website contained complaints made by neighbors about the club related to livability issues, including complaints about noise, patrons and employee conduct. Our client worked with the neighbors to alert and involve local and state officials. The club owner claimed his reputation was damaged as a result of these communications. After four days of trial, the jury deliberated for less than six hours before returning a complete defense verdict.
- Defense jury verdict in product liability and negligence claims for asbestos exposure
Successfully defended a joint compound manufacturer at trial. Plaintiff asked for $6.122 million. Jury deliberated three hours before returning a unanimous verdict for the defense, finding that the product wasn’t defective, and that the joint compound manufacturer had adequately warned users of the product.
- Hung jury in $21 million asbestos product liability and negligence claims
Successfully resolved claims against a joint compound manufacturer in which plaintiff sought $21 million. Following a three-week trial, the jury deliberated one day before advising the judge they could not reach a decision. The jury was one juror short of a defense verdict and the case was settled favorably prior to a re-trial.
- Received a rare defense verdict in asbestos litigation case under Longshore and Harborworkers’ Compensation Act
Secured a rare defense verdict in a federal administrative law court, where the plaintiff sought recovery under the plaintiff-friendly Longshore and Harborworkers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). Plaintiff’s damages arose from the mesothelioma-related death of her late husband, a 72-year-old electrician, who was allegedly exposed to asbestos while working in a naval shipyard. If liability was established, the plaintiff claimed damages in excess of $1 million.
- Successfully settled case involving $14 million claim for asbestos exposure
Resolved a claim against a manufacturer following a 3-week trial. Plaintiff asked for $14 million. After a day of negotiations and what appeared to be a jury ready to render a decision, the judge requested an investigation of concerns regarding eavesdropping by opposing counsel.
- Represented a major health care provider in numerous employment-related claims
Has represented a major health care provider in numerous employment-related claims including assisting with a confidential personnel investigation of claims of harassment and retaliation via a hotline complaint, defending and securing settlement in a federal court case alleging unlawful employment practices and civil rights deprivation, responding to an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charge for age discrimination and negotiating a separation agreement with complainant, and assisting in preparing to investigate and defend potential Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) complaint.
FEARLESS CHAMPION IN SPORTS AND IN COURTS
Jeanne grew up in a large family, using her negotiation skills early with her parents to advocate for her siblings. She now helps to problem solve for her own kids. Jeanne is a champion for underdogs and people’s rights. As a mom of a child with an intellectual disability, she started a Catholic education nonprofit promoting inclusivity of students with special needs.
Jeanne was a rock climber, ski instructor and a rafting guide before she became a lawyer. A self-proclaimed thrill seeker, she enjoys outdoor activities and sports like scuba diving. She knows how to manage risks, think under pressure, solve issues when they come up, and brings that practicality to the courtroom.