During her over 30 years of trial experience, Jones has served as national trial counsel representing various corporations and has tried cases throughout the United States. In many of these instances, she has served as lead counsel in bellwether trials. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1977
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 4th Circuit
    • 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Admitted pro hac vice in many states around the country

Distinctions

  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, 2016
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV® – Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2005-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Product Liability Litigation–Defendants Lawyer of the Year [Jackson, MS], 2013
    • Personal Injury Litigation–Defendants Lawyer of the Year [Jackson, MS], 2009, 2012
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2011-2019
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, 2011-2019
    • Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2018-2019
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Top 50: Mississippi Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
    • Top 50 Women: Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2011-2017
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Personal Injury – Products: Defense, 2006-2018
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Litigation: General Commercial (Mississippi), 2014-2018
    • Litigation: Trial Lawyers (Nationwide), 2014-2018
    • Product Liability & Mass Torts (Nationwide), 2014-2018
    • Product Liability: Pharmaceutical (Nationwide), 2014-2018
  • Who's Who Legal, Litigation, 2012-2017
  • Who's Who Legal, Product Liability Defence, 2005-2017
  • Who's Who Legal, Life Sciences, 2014-2017 
  • More...

Education & Honors

  • University of Arkansas, J.D., with high honors, 1977
    • Managing Editor, Arkansas Law Review
  • University of Arkansas, B.A., 1974
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Experience

  • Significant Trials and Representation
    • Carolyn Lewis v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. – First MDL bellwether Product liability action involving pelvic mesh. Tried in the Southern District of West Virginia. (Lead counsel); resulted in a defense verdict (2014).
    • Linda Gross, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. – Product liability action involving pelvic mesh. Tried in Atlantic County, New Jersey. (Lead Counsel) (2013).
    • Christina Su v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. – Product liability action involving prescription drug Fosamax. Tried in Atlantic County, New Jersey. (Lead Counsel) (2012).
    • Jo Ann Sessner v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. – Second New Jersey bellwether product liability case involving prescription drug Fosamax (Lead Counsel); resulted in defense verdict (2012).
    • Alison Rosenberg v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. – First New Jersey bellwether product liability trial involving prescription drug Fosamax (Lead Counsel) (2011).
    • Robert Beare v. Johnson & Johnson, et al.- First New Jersey bellwether product liability case involving prescription drug Levaquin (Lead Counsel); resulted in defense verdict (2011).
    • Paul Gaffney v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. – First New Jersey bellwether product liability case involving prescription drug Levaquin; (Lead Counsel); resulted in defense verdict (2011).
    • Brianna Maya v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. – Philadelphia trial involving product liability case in connection with Children’s Motrin and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (Lead Counsel); resulted in plaintiff verdict (2011).
    • Christina Hoyt Hutto, et al. v. McNeil-PPC, Inc., et al. – wrongful death product liability action involving Tylenol (Lead Counsel) (La. 2010).
    • Louise H. Maley v. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. – New York trial involving second bellwether product liability case in connection with Fosamax (Lead Counsel); resulted in defense verdict (2010).
    • Thomas B. Gaines v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. – California wrongful death action involving Children’s Motrin and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (Trial Counsel); resulted in defense verdict (2010).
    • Shirley Boles v. Merck & Co., Inc. – New York trial involving first bellwether product liability case involving prescription drug Fosamax (Trial Counsel); resulted in mistrial (2009).
    • Kimberly Zundel, et al., v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. – New Jersey trial product liability action involving Children’s Motrin and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (Lead Counsel); resulted in defense verdict (2009).
    • Sabrina Brierton Johnson v. Johnson & Johnson, et. al. – California product liability action involving Children’s Motrin and Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (Lead Counsel); resulted in defense verdict (2008).
    • Gary Albright v. Merck & Co., Inc., et al. – Alabama Vioxx litigation (Trial Counsel); resulted in defense verdict (2006).
    • Thomas Cona, et al. v. Merck & Co., Inc. – New Jersey Vioxx litigation (Lead Counsel); resulted in defense verdict in product liability claim (2006).
    • John McDarby v. Merck & Co., Inc. New Jersey Vioxx litigation (Lead Counsel); resulted in plaintiff verdict (2006).
    • Frederick Humeston, et al. v. Merck & Co., Inc. New Jersey Vioxx litigation (Trial Counsel); resulted in defense verdict in product liability claim.
    • Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. v. Jackson, 883 So.2d 91 (Miss. 2004).
    • Culbert v. Johnson & Johnson, 883 So.2d 550 (Miss. 2004).
    • Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. v. Keys, 879 So.2d 446 (Miss. 2004).
    • Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. v. Scott, 876 So.2d 306 (Miss. 2004).
    • Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. v. Bailey, 878 So.2d 31 (Miss. 2004), is a decision of the Mississippi Supreme Court reversing a $48 million judgment awarded to ten plaintiffs in a product liability action involving a prescription drug.
    • Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. v. Grant, 873 So.2d 100 (Miss. 2004).
    • Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. v. Armond, 866 So.2d 1092 (Miss. 2004), is a decision of the Mississippi Supreme Court which significantly changed the landscape of litigation in Mississippi, declaring that joinder of plaintiffs in prescription drug cases, in many cases improper, was subject to strict scrutiny, resulting in severance of many claims and transfers to appropriate venues.
    • Hardy v. Bayer Corporation and SmithKIine Beecham Corporation, 02cv108, Hinds County, Mississippi (2003), product liability action in which the Court granted a directed verdict in favor of SmithKline Beecham Corporation, a co-marketer of a prescription drug. Lead trial counsel for SmithKline Beecham.
    • Bennett v. Madakasira, 821 So.2d 794 (Miss. 2002).
    • Davis v. American Home Products Corporation, et al., District Court, Jefferson County, Texas, Cause No. B-150, 760, was a product liability action involving a contraceptive product which resulted in a defense verdict on three of four plaintiff’s claims and a $38,000 award to the plaintiff on the other. Trial counsel for Wyeth.
    • Vonna Smith v. Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Circuit Court of Miller County, Arkansas, Cause No. CIV-93-1053, was a product liability case involving breast implants. The jury returned a defense verdict.
    • Cruz Luevano v. Baxter Healthcare Corporation, District Court of Zavala County Texas, Cause No. 94-04-08755CV, product liability action involving breast implants; resulted in defense verdict.
    • Wilbanks v. Dalkon Shield Claimants Trust 1998 WL 433940 (N.D. Miss.), cert. denied ___U.S. ___ (2000). Summary judgment for defendant granted; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed.
    • Kemp v. G. D. Searle and Co., 103 F.3d 405 (5th 1997), product liability action involving an intrauterine contraceptive, in which the trial court awarded summary judgment for the defendant; Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed.
    • Toon v. Lederle Laboratories American Cyanamid Co., 603 So.2d 245, cert. denied, 607 So.2d 556 (La. App. ___), product liability action involving childhood vaccines. The trial court in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, granted a directed verdict for the defendant, and the Louisiana appellate court affirmed.
    • Andrew Jackson Life Ins. Co. v. Williams, 566 So.2d 1172 (Miss. 1990).
    • Bernhardt By and Through Bernhardt v. Richardson-Merrell, Inc., 892 F.2d 440, 15 Fed.R.Serv.3d 1047 (5th Cir. (Miss.) 1990).
    • Lindley v. Hamilton, 883 F.2d 360, Prod. Liab. Rep. (CCH) P 12, 262 (5th (Miss.) 1989).
    • Bernhardt By and Through Bernhardt v. Richardson-Merrell, Inc., 723 F.Supp. 1188 (N.D. Miss. 1988).
    • Presley v. South Cent. Bell Telephone Co., 684 F.Supp. 1397 (S.D.Miss. 1988).
    • MGIC Indem. Corp. v. Central Bank of Monroe, La., 838 F.2d 1382 (5th (La.) 1988).
    • Brown v. Credit Center, Inc., 444 So.2d 358 (Miss. 1983).
    • General Plumbing & Heating, Inc. v. American Air Filter Co., Inc., 696 F.2d 375 (5th(Miss.) 1983).
    • Bickerstaff v. South Central Bell Telephone Co., 676 F.2d 163 (5th(Miss.) 1982).
    • Burris v. South Central Bell Telephone Co., 540 F.Supp. 905 (S.D. Miss 1982).
    • Borden, Inc. Universal Industries Corp., 88 F.R.D. 708 (N.D. Miss. 1981).
    • Holley v. Funtime Skateland South, Inc., 392 So.2d 1135 (Miss. 1981).
    • Hughes Const. Co., Inc. v. Rheem Mfg. Co., 487 F.Supp. 345 (N.D. Miss. 1980).
    • Beco, Inc. v. American Fidelity Fire Ins. Co., 370 So.2d 1343 (Miss 1979).
    • Fowler v. Allied Equipment, Inc., 368 So.2d 829 (Miss. 1979).
    • Dillon v. South Central Bell Telephone Company, 366 So.2d 233 (Miss. 1979).
    • Gulf Guaranty Life Ins. Co. v. Thompson, 363 So.2d 297 (Miss. 1978).
    • Gulf Guaranty Life Ins. Co. v. Middleton, 361 So.2d 1377 (Miss. 1978).
    • National trial team, silicone breast implant litigation, Baxter Healthcare Corporation.
    • Nationwide coordinator, various litigation, Champion International, Inc.
    • Regional counsel, vaccine litigation for American Cyanamid Co. (now American Home Products Corporation).
  • Commercial Arbitrations
    • Challenger’s Border Express, et al. v. Ford Motor Company.
    • Saugatuck Capital Company Limited Partnership III v. Ford Motor Company.

In the News

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

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  • "The Historical Rationale for Punitive Damages; Its Evolution and Current Application," National Conference of Judicial Excellence (2009). 
  • "Early and Often: The Trial Responses to Proffered Evidence of a Guilty Plea in a Pharmaceutical or Medical Device Trial," Defense Research Institute (2006).