Jason D. Melichar Partner

     

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Jason Melichar is the regional managing partner of the Denver office. He has a broad legal practice that includes transportation; general liability; product liability, including toxic torts, complex aviation matters and related crisis management issues; professional liability, including medical malpractice and health care; and construction defect.

Jason prides himself on staying engaged in all aspects of his cases and being responsive to clients and colleagues at all hours. Leveraging the practical experience he has gained as an engineer in his volunteer fire department, Jason is that much more effective in handling cases involving construction, product liability, fire and aviation claims. He also draws on the “world view” acquired during time spent abroad studying in Holland and doing volunteer work in Asia with his wife. Jason believes that clients understand and appreciate when you marshal the sum total of your experiences to help advance their objectives.

Professional Activities
Jason has lectured throughout the United States on toxic tort liability, general liability and insurance bad faith, including ethics in claims handling. He has also participated in numerous client presentations and publications.

Areas of Focus

Transportation
Jason defends and advises major transportation and shipping companies on a variety of matters, including catastrophic personal injury. He leads mediations, settlement conferences, depositions and trials throughout state and federal courts. As a member of the 24/7 national emergency response team that responds to catastrophic trucking losses, Jason coordinates immediate investigations to preserve key evidence and protect his clients’ interests.

Complex Tort & General Casualty and Product Liaiblity
Since 1999 Jason has defended large national and international companies as well as family businesses against construction defect, product liability and general liability claims. He has worked extensively in the defense of diacetyl and asbestos exposure lawsuits as well as other product liability claims involving debilitating personal injury and wrongful death issues. In this regard, Jason has represented dozens of product and equipment manufacturers and premises owners in both state and federal courts. Jason also has represented construction professionals involved in all phases of construction, from general contractors to the various trades of their subcontractors.

Jason’s diverse civil litigation practice includes handling general liability and transportation liability matters for large national clients. He works on a national team of Wilson Elser attorneys to handle all types of claims for these clients, including complex product liability matters and catastrophic trucking losses, necessitating a 24/7 national emergency response.

Professional Liability
Jason has extensive experience litigating professional liability claims against lawyers and other professionals, with a focus on legal malpractice defense. These matters range in size from multimillion-dollar disputes to cases involving smaller exposures. He represents both litigation and transaction lawyers in cases arising from a wide variety of matters from the simple to the technical and complex. Jason also represents companies and their professionals in employment-related disputes.

Aviation
Jason defends complex aviation matters, including litigation arising from product issues to catastrophic cases involving both airplane and helicopter crashes that have occurred across the country.  His trial experience and legal knowledge provides the unique ability to quickly develop a strategy and recognize issues critical for a successful defense.

Representative Matters

Defended transaction firm that allegedly gave erroneous advice regarding tax treatment in a corporate acquisition in which millions of dollars in losses were claimed. 

Obtained dismissal of a subcontractor in a $30 million construction defect action involving a condominium development and more than 20 parties. 

Obtained summary judgment in a federal bad faith case in which the insured claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses stemming from listeria contamination of its sushi facility. 

Obtained summary judgment in a multimillion-dollar insurance coverage action involving underlying construction defects, which was upheld in a published decision on appeal. 

Defended Fortune 500 companies against asbestos exposure claims allegedly resulting in wrongful death. 

Obtained dismissal of a phone manufacturer in a product liability action claiming that its phone caused a house fire.

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