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Jillian Keith is a trial attorney who focuses her practice on catastrophic injury, commercial and product liability cases. Her experience is wide-ranging and includes toxic tort and product liability, commercial, banking and employment litigation. Jillian represents clients on both the defense and plaintiff side, and serves as first chair in trials involving 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.

Jillian’s undergraduate academic major was in pre-medical studies, during which she worked as a research assistant in a biomedical engineering laboratory. She assisted in conducting research into diabetes, nerve regeneration and post-surgical adhesion prevention. 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 lead counsel in product liability cases involving complex medical and scientific issues.  She has extensive expertise working with and developing experts to testify at trial, as well as in developing defenses for companies new to complex litigation. She 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.

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

Commercial Litigation
Jillian has litigated deceptive trade practices, conversion, commercial fraud, banking, mineral lease, collections and contract cases.

Representative Matters

Robert Baker v. Mobil Corporation: Obtained defense verdict for sole remaining 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 trial in Los Angeles, CA

Bay, Ltd. v. Campbell Concrete & Materials: Obtained summary judgment for the defendant in a concrete defect case; 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 trial

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

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

Hanson Aggregates v. Ashby Investments: Serving as first chair representing lessor in mining lease dispute with claimed damages of more than $26 million

David Stockwell v. Campbell Concrete & Materials: Obtained settlement in catastrophic injury case with medical damages of more than $800,000

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

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

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