Dean’s Roundtable with Liza Kessler, Partner-In-Charge, Jones Day Columbus

February 11, 2010

Elizabeth Kessler, Moritz Class of ’93, Partner-in-Charge, Jones Day Columbus Office

Liza has extensive experience in complex litigation with a particular focus on nationwide product liability cases. Her experience includes defending manufacturers of products such as cigarettes, recreational vehicles, paints, and chemicals. She appears in state and federal courts throughout the United States and coordinates the defense for clients with co-defendants in joint defense groups.

Liza’s experience covers legal issues including conspiracy laws, public and private nuisance, medical monitoring, duty to warn, class actions, preemption, and liability from trade association activities. She works with a wide range of experts such as toxicologists, epidemiologists, statisticians, historians, economists, marketing and advertising professionals, oncologists, radiologists, and industrial hygienists.

She has defended The Sherwin-Williams Company in public nuisance suits brought by various governmental entities and the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in smoking and health litigation including medical recoupment suits by various state attorneys general and in class actions. She was also lead defense counsel in a case alleging birth defects in an employee’s offspring from a chemical workplace exposure that resulted in a defense summary judgment verdict that was upheld on appeal.

She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and a Fellow of the Columbus Bar Foundation. Liza is actively involved in the community including serving on nonprofit boards such as The Ohio State University Medical Center board and the WexnerCenter for the Arts Foundation.