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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, health care, and professional services. Her cases have involved 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, 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. Additionally, Jeanne 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.
Currently, Jeanne is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, serves on the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Litigation Section, and chairs the Advisory Board for the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel. Additionally, she serves as Vice Chair on the External Policy Groups Committee for the 23,000 member Defense Research Institute (DRI) and serves as a member on their 2019 Corporate Counsel Roundtable Steering Committee and their Philanthropic Activities Committee. She has previously held other high-ranking positions, including serving as a Board member and Northwest 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.