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Bullivant Attorney Jeanne Loftis Elected Northwest Regional Director for DRI; Honored for Role as Oregon State Representative

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Jeanne F. Loftis, a shareholder and leader of Bullivant Houser Bailey PC's Casualty Law Practice Group, has been elected Northwest Regional Director for the Defense Research Institute (DRI). Her three-year term began at the conclusion of the 2014 DRI Annual Meeting in October.

At that meeting, Loftis was honored with DRI's State Leadership Award for her role as Oregon State Representative. The award recognizes Loftis's efforts in directing and guiding DRI membership activity within the state of Oregon, for upholding the tenets of DRI and for her service in the role of State Representative.

DRI is divided into twelve geographic regions consisting of State and Local Defense Organizations (SLDOs). The Regional Director works with the State Representatives in his/her region on DRI membership issues and in maintaining a close relationship within the SLDO. Regional directors are responsible for planning, organizing and leading the regional meeting. In addition to her role as Regional Director, Loftis will serve as the Vice Chair of the SLDO Program/State Representatives for the Steering Committee for the 2015 DRI Annual Meeting to be held in Washington DC.

Loftis is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and serves on the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Litigation Section. She has previously served as the 2011 President of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel (OADC), Chair of the Oregon State Bar Board of Bar Examiners, and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Diversity Section. She has been selected for inclusion in Oregon Super Lawyers for the past six years and is recognized by Best Lawyers in America, with recognition in 2014 as the Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions (Defendants) "Lawyer of the Year" for Portland, Oregon.

Loftis's practice includes representing companies in Pacific Northwest jurisdictions 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 defendants in hundreds of products cases locally, regionally, and nationally, and is a member of a national trial team defending asbestos cases in venues throughout the country.

About Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC represents clients nationwide who rely upon our success as trial lawyers, our practical business advice and our expertise in insurance coverage. While we practice out of offices in the western U.S., our reputation is respected nationally, where we have managed client needs across many jurisdictions. Our clients tell us that our legal talents are matched by the service we provide them.

About DRI
DRI is the nation's leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Membership in DRI provides access to resources and tools for attorneys who strive to provide high-quality, balanced and excellent service to their clients and corporations. DRI is host to 30 substantive committees whose focus is to develop ongoing and critical dialogue about areas of practice. DRI has served the defense bar for more than 50 years and focuses on five main goals: Education, Justice, Balance, Economics and Professionalism.