Jessica Grant is an experienced trial lawyer who represents clients in an array of business litigation, products liability and class action matters, with particular emphasis in the healthcare, technology and pharmaceutical industries. Jessica is often asked to take over cases on the eve of trial, particularly high-stakes cases.
In April 2017, a leading media company retained Jessica to try a defamation case. After a two-week trial, the plaintiff asked for $7 million in compensatory damages, and punitive damages potentially as high as $70 million. The jury deliberated for four hours and returned a verdict of $72,025 in compensatory damages and no liability for punitive damages.
Previously, Jessica represented the State of New Hampshire against numerous major oil companies in a statewide products liability case. After securing $130 million in settlements, Jessica was the lead attorney in a three-month trial in which the jury unanimously awarded $816 million after deliberating for just 90 minutes. The verdict was the fourth largest award in the United States in 2013. In hailing the verdict, the New Hampshire Attorney General called Jessica "extraordinary." Jessica received her second California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award in 2014 for successfully trying this case – the largest and most complex trial in New Hampshire history.
Jessica received her first California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award in 2007 for her work as the lead trial lawyer in a statewide class action suit against one of the world’s largest corporations in which she obtained a $172 million jury verdict on behalf of over 116,000 class members after a four-month trial. The National Law Journal ranked the verdict as the tenth largest in 2005, and the largest verdict in an employment law case during that same year. Following a subsequent bench trial, Jessica obtained a permanent injunction that required the defendant to implement various policies designed to secure its future compliance with California law.
In November 2008, Jessica successfully defended one of the world’s largest semiconductor chip makers and several other defendants in a four-week jury trial in federal court. The plaintiff alleged fraud, unjust enrichment, breach of contract and related patent claims and sought over $450 million, exclusive of punitive damages. After the jury deadlocked on liability, the Court dismissed all state law claims against the defendants based on plaintiff’s failure to provide sufficient evidence at trial to support his claims.
- Lead trial counsel in first major copyright infringement trial involving claimed fair use of viral YouTube videos. Following the jury's verdict, the parties reached a settlement.
- As lead trial counsel, achieved favorable result on behalf of client in a defamation case involving social media.
- Member of the trial team who obtained a unanimous defense verdict in a multi-million dollar products liability case in California state court involving an anti-epileptic drug that was alleged to have caused plaintiff’s birth defects.
- Member of the trial team who obtained unanimous defense verdict after six-week jury trial in first bellwether case to proceed to trial in California involving prescription drug alleged to cause atypical femur fractures.
- Currently representing a pharmaceutical manufacturer in a number of bellwether trials in California state court involving a prescription drug used to treat osteoporosis and other bone disorders.
- Co-lead counsel in defense of a leading food product manufacturer in a California class action in federal court alleging false and misleading advertising about the health benefits of a nutritional supplement.
- Obtained summary judgment for broadcast TV network alleged to have fired employee because of her claimed terminal illness.
- Lead counsel on behalf of a pharmaceutical company who manufactures a disinfecting cap for needless IV connectors in a California federal court patent infringement case.
- Lead counsel in a California state court products liability case in which plaintiff claims a defectively manufactured drug allegedly caused septic shock, resulting in amputation of his legs.
Jessica currently serves as a Mediator for the San Francisco Superior Court Early Settlement Program and has taught Mediation as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Jessica has also served as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and she is a Member of the National Advisory Board for the Women In Law Empowerment Forum, and the International Association of Defense Counsel.