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Christy D Jones
Office:
1020 Highland Colony Parkway
Suite 1400
MS 39157
City:
Ridgeland
State:
Mississippi
Country:
USA
Tel:
+1 601 985 4523
Fax:
+1 601 985 4500

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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Product Liability Defence 2017

Christy Jones is a member of the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare industry team at Butler Snow. With over 30 years of trial experience, Jones has served as national and MDL counsel and has tried dozens of cases throughout the country, often as lead counsel in bellwether trials. Jones is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been consistently recognised as a leader in her field by her peers and respected directories.

What motivated you to enter the legal profession?

When in high school, I learned that I could not sing but that I could talk comfortably and with emotion and some degree of persuasiveness to a crowd of people. From that day, my goal was to be a trial lawyer.

You have been at Butler Snow for over 30 years now – what is it about the firm that sets it apart from its competitors?

Butler Snow is committed to the client first, above all other interests. As a result, we have to work collaboratively as a team to accomplish our goals, and there is no internal competition among partners. We regularly transition work, with the client’s approval to other partners and associates, and support each other both privately and publicly.

What qualities make a successful trial lawyer?

A successful trial lawyer is by definition a risk-taker willing to risk rejection and failure in order to accomplish the client’s goals, willing to experiment, but always with the commitment to excellence, ability to communicate, professional attitude, hard work, and the dedication to the fairness of the judicial system.

What is the greatest challenge currently facing the product liability sector in the US? How is your firm prepared to tackle this challenge and ensure that client needs are met?

The greatest challenge today is the collection of large groups of cases in the mass tort arena, resulting from advertising and third-party litigation financing. As a result, clients are held hostage for payment of invalid claims while plaintiffs who may have valid claims see the value of their claims diminish. The failure of the judicial system to deal with these abuses jeopardises both the clients and our economy. In order to address this situation, we have prepared to fight, rather than settle, when it is in the client’s interest – and have ensured that we have adequate trial lawyers willing to defend the client interests in court, while resolving those cases that should be compromised.

Are there any particular industries or products that you see being the subject of increased litigation over the next few years?

There is no doubt that a new era is coming where litigation will arise out of the connectiveness and dependence on the internet for the provision and delivery of both products and services.

With the rise in cost-consciousness and difficulties around funding, many lawyers have noted a drop in product liability litigation. Is this something that you have noticed, and if so how has your firm adapted to deal with this change in the market?

We are always trying to be futuristic in anticipating what is coming. While there has been some drop in more traditional product liability work, the more specialised product liability work in toxic torts, drugs and medical devices, and other areas has remained steady. We have tried to maintain price-consciousness and emphasise economic efficiency – turning away from billable hours wherever possible. We are also positioning ourselves for the future and changes brought about by technology and the internet.

With such a distinguished and successful career as you have enjoyed, what is the most memorable matter that you have worked on?

I have been privileged to represent many different clients in various areas. Perhaps the most memorable of all the trials though was the second Vioxx trial, where three experienced trial lawyers joined forces to represent the client in a very highly publicised and pressure-packed contest. We won, and that victory had an impact in the litigation.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Life Sciences: Product Liability

Christy D Jones focuses her practice on drug and medical device, product liability law and mass torts. During her over 30 years of trial experience, Jones has served as national and MDL counsel representing various corporations and has tried dozens of cases throughout the United States, often as  lead counsel in bellwether trials.

Jones is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a past regent of Region 6. She is also a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, International Association of Trial Lawyers, Product Liability Advisory Council, International Association of Defense Counsel, American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Lawyers for Civil Justice, Trial Attorneys of America, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association and Capital Area Bar Association. Jones is a recipient of the Mississippi Bar Foundation’s Professionalism Award, the Professionalism Award of Hinds County, and Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year.

Jones has been consistently recognised as a leader in her field by her peers and respected directories. She is recognised as one of the leading trial lawyers and pharmaceutical product liability lawyers in nationwide categories in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers and regionally in Mid-South Super Lawyers. Additionally, Benchmark Magazine has recognised her as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation and also elevated her to the top 10 of that prestigious group. LMG Life Sciences has consistently honoured Jones as a Life Science Star since the inception of the distinction. She is also regularly named as one of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers and has been featured by Law 360 in their Female Powerbrokers series.

WWL says: Christy Jones is a “leader in the field” who specialises in product liability cases.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Litigation: Lawyers

Christy D Jones is a member of the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare industry team at Butler Snow. She focuses her practice on drug and medical device, product liability law and mass torts. During her 30-plus years of trial experience, Jones has served as national  and MDL counsel representing various corporations and has tried dozens of cases throughout the United States, often as lead counsel in bellwether trials.

Jones is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a past regent of Region 6. She is also a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the International Association of Trial Lawyers, the Product Liability Advisory Council, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, Lawyers for Civil Justice, Trial Attorneys of America, the Mississippi Bar Association, the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association and the Capital Area Bar Association. Jones is a recipient of the Mississippi Bar Foundation’s Professionalism Award, the Professionalism Award of Hinds County, and Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year.

Jones has been consistently recognised as a leader in her field by her peers and respected directories. She is recognised as one of the leading trial lawyers and leading pharmaceutical product liability lawyers  in nationwide categories in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers, and regionally in Mid-South Super Lawyers. Additionally, Benchmark Magazine has recognised her as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation and also elevated her to the top 10 of that prestigious group. LMG Life Sciences has consistently honored Jones as a Life Science Star since the inception of the distinction. She is also regularly named as one of Lawdragon 500’s leading lawyers. Jones has also been featured by Law 360 in their “Female Powerbrokers” series.

WWL says: Christy D Jones has over three decades of experience representing companies in complex US litigation, and is particularly known for her “incredible understanding of product liability”.

 

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Litigation which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Product Liability Defence

Christy D Jones focuses her practice on drug and medical device, product liability law and mass torts. During her over 30 years of trial experience, Jones has served as national and MDL counsel representing various corporations and has tried dozens of cases throughout the United States, often as  lead counsel in bellwether trials.

Jones is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is a past regent of Region 6. She is also a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, International Association of Trial Lawyers, Product Liability Advisory Council, International Association of Defense Counsel, American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Lawyers for Civil Justice, Trial Attorneys of America, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association and Capital Area Bar Association. Jones is a recipient of the Mississippi Bar Foundation’s Professionalism Award, the Professionalism Award of Hinds County, and Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year.

Jones has been consistently recognised as a leader in her field by her peers and respected directories. She is recognised as one of the leading trial lawyers and pharmaceutical product liability lawyers in nationwide categories in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers and regionally in Mid-South Super Lawyers. Additionally, Benchmark Magazine has recognised her as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation and also elevated her to the top 10 of that prestigious group. LMG Life Sciences has consistently honoured Jones as a Life Science Star since the inception of the distinction. She is also regularly named as one of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers and has been featured by Law 360 in their Female Powerbrokers series.

WWL says: Christy Jones continues to impress respondents who call her an "outstanding trial lawyer" and a "recognised leader in the field".

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence which can be purchased from our Shop.

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