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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

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Life Sciences

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 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.

DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER TO DATE.

I began practising law with Butler Snow in 1977, and tried my first case alone within the first six months. In the beginning, my work was primarily product liability with a smattering of insurance defence, chemical exposures, and large commercial cases, including antitrust matters and a number of class actions. 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO FOCUS YOUR PRACTICE ON THE PHARMACEUTICAL, MEDICAL DEVICE AND HEALTHCARE INDUSTRIES?

I begged to work on the DES litigation because I was interested in the subject matter and its complexity. Pharmaceutical litigation provided unique opportunities for a woman trial lawyer, and it is both challenging and rewarding. 

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR PRACTICE AT BUTLER SNOW DEVELOPING OVER THE NEXT YEAR?

I will continue to manage major litigation on a national basis and, hopefully, try several cases in different venues.

WHAT IS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE CURRENTLY FACING THE FIELD OF PRODUCT LIABILITY DEFENCE?

Mass torts and the unchecked advertising and litigation financing.

WITH THE LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY BECOMING INCREASINGLY LITIGIOUS, HOW HAS THIS AFFECTED THE TYPE OF WORK YOU HAVE BEEN SEEING OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS?

More and more cases are pursued on a mass tort basis, in some cases leading to fewer trials and more resolutions. 

SINCE THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP, HAS THE LANDSCAPE SURROUNDING THE REGULATION OF MEDICAL DEVICES CHANGED?

It is too early to tell. 

DO YOU SEE TECHNOLOGY AS BEING INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT IN THE LIFE SCIENCES ARENA?

Yes, jurors, particularly, need to see to understand and technology is required. 

WHAT DO YOU STILL HOPE TO ACHIEVE IN YOUR LEGAL CAREER?

To provide a sterling example of integrity and professionalism, helping to eradicate practices and behaviours inconsistent with the laudable profession.  

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Product Liability Defence

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 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.

DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER TO DATE.

I began practising law with Butler Snow in 1977, and tried my first case alone within the first six months. In the beginning, my work was primarily product liability with a smattering of insurance defence, chemical exposures, and large commercial cases, including antitrust matters and a number of class actions. 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO FOCUS YOUR PRACTICE ON THE PHARMACEUTICAL, MEDICAL DEVICE AND HEALTHCARE INDUSTRIES?

I begged to work on the DES litigation because I was interested in the subject matter and its complexity. Pharmaceutical litigation provided unique opportunities for a woman trial lawyer, and it is both challenging and rewarding. 

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR PRACTICE AT BUTLER SNOW DEVELOPING OVER THE NEXT YEAR?

I will continue to manage major litigation on a national basis and, hopefully, try several cases in different venues.

WHAT IS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE CURRENTLY FACING THE FIELD OF PRODUCT LIABILITY DEFENCE?

Mass torts and the unchecked advertising and litigation financing.

WITH THE LIFE SCIENCES INDUSTRY BECOMING INCREASINGLY LITIGIOUS, HOW HAS THIS AFFECTED THE TYPE OF WORK YOU HAVE BEEN SEEING OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS?

More and more cases are pursued on a mass tort basis, in some cases leading to fewer trials and more resolutions. 

SINCE THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP, HAS THE LANDSCAPE SURROUNDING THE REGULATION OF MEDICAL DEVICES CHANGED?

It is too early to tell. 

DO YOU SEE TECHNOLOGY AS BEING INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT IN THE LIFE SCIENCES ARENA?

Yes, jurors, particularly, need to see to understand and technology is required. 

WHAT DO YOU STILL HOPE TO ACHIEVE IN YOUR LEGAL CAREER?

To provide a sterling example of integrity and professionalism, helping to eradicate practices and behaviours inconsistent with the laudable profession.

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 Jones is a flawless litigator with over three decades of trial experience.‚Äč

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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