Jillian J. Keith Partner

     

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Jillian Keith is a trial lawyer with a wide-ranging practice. She has tried catastrophic injury, commercial, mining, land injury and product liability cases in state and federal courts and in arbitration. Jillian represents clients on both the defense and plaintiff side, and serves as first chair in cases involving complex, multimillion-dollar claims. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and California, and has practiced pro hac vice in numerous jurisdictions where clients seek trial representation, including Oklahoma, New York, Florida and Georgia. 

Jillian’s undergraduate academic major was in pre-medical studies under the University of Texas Plan II Honors program, during which she worked as a biomedical engineering research assistant in a biomedical engineering laboratory. She assisted in conducting research into diabetes, nerve regeneration and post-surgical adhesion prevention. She also performed small-animal surgery and histological sample preparation. During that time, she coauthored an article published in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Jillian currently serves as an instructor of deposition skills at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Areas of Focus

Product Liability
Jillian serves as national trial counsel in product liability cases involving complex medical and scientific issues. She has extensive experience working with and developing experts to testify at trial, as well as in developing defenses for companies new to complex litigation. Jillian has tried cases in numerous jurisdictions, including California, New York, Texas and most recently in Florida, where she obtained a defense verdict in a case where the plaintiffs were seeking recovery of more than $2 million in damages. She has tried multiple cases in arbitration with JAMS and with AAA. 

Jillian has successfully represented product manufacturers, premises owners and employers in lawsuits and arbitration filed across the country involving allegations of wrongful death or serious injury. She also focuses on preparing cases for trial and for successful settlements across the country. 

Personal Injury
Jillian represents clients in personal injury matters in construction, commercial vehicle and premises liability contexts. She has particular experience in such matters where questions of medical causation and substantial causation are at issue. Jillian supervises, mentors and trains younger lawyers in how to try car-wreck and premises accidents.

Commercial Litigation
Jillian has litigated deceptive trade practices, conversion, commercial fraud, banking, mineral lease, collections and contract cases. She also advises clients in contract formation and risk avoidance.

Representative Matters

Oklahoma Mining Lease: Served as first chair representing Plaintiff Lessee in mining lease dispute with claimed damages of more than $48 million. Case settled favorably for Plaintiff, with added benefit of facilitating future mining operations. 

Banking DTPA and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case: First chaired arbitration in matter representing elderly clients whose entire retirement savings had been wrongfully transferred to an unrelated third party. Ultimately obtained settlement in excess of three times the amount transferred. 

Breach of Contract: Obtained favorable settlement for Plaintiff client in Federal Court matter where defendants failed to disclose encumbrances on client’s licenses to operate business. 

Theft of Intellectual Property: Obtained favorable settlement for client whose name had been wrongfully omitted from patent for technical system client invented. 

Texas Land Reclamation Dispute: First chaired bench trial in which Plaintiff claimed Defendant had improperly reclaimed property after mining concluded. While verdict is on appeal, money damages awarded were 1/6 of what Plaintiff requested. 

Texas Nuisance and Injury to Land Case: Obtained favorable settlement for defendant accused of damaging Plaintiffs’ property by creating wetlands in adjoining property. 

Employment Law Case: Obtained summary judgment for employer in action by employee for age and ADA discrimination case. 

Breach of Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreement and Violations of State and Federal Computer Fraud Acts: Obtained injunction against client’s former employees and award of attorney’s fees in declaratory judgment action. 

Breach of Contract: Obtained pre-suit settlement of breach of contract by seller to client purchaser for failure to disclose encumbrances on purchased assets. 

Catastrophic Injury Settlement: Obtained settlement for costs in a case where Plaintiff’s medical damages exceeded $1M by resolving medical lien on behalf of Plaintiff. 

Traumatic Brain Injury Settlement: Obtained favorable settlement in TBI case where Plaintiff alleged post-traumatic stress syndrome resulted from high-speed crash. 

Robert Baker v. Mobil Corporation: Obtained defense verdict for sole remaining products liability defendant in two-week jury trial in Fort Lauderdale, FL. 

Vincent Monaco v. Asbestos Defendants: Obtained favorable verdict for asbestos defendant in seven-week living cancer jury trial in Los Angeles, CA. 

Concrete Manufacturer in Construction Defect Matter: Obtained summary judgment for the defendant sued for defective concrete; resulted in the plaintiff paying delinquent invoices plus attorney’s fees. 

David Lorenzen v. Asbestos Defendants: Served as first chair in Pleasanton, CA, for five weeks and obtained favorable settlement during jury trial. 

Adrian Velazquez v. Asbestos Defendants: Served as first chair in Hayward, CA, for six weeks and obtained favorable settlement during jury trial. 

Franklin Schwab v. Asbestos Defendants: Served as first chair in Santa Cruz, CA, for four weeks and obtained favorable settlement during jury trial. 

JCBG v. Teal: Served as first chair in construction defect arbitration representing building products manufacturer. 

Pro bono: Represented individual diagnosed with brain cancer in dispute over insurance benefits and obtained agreement by insurer to provide all disputed benefits without need for litigation.