Jeffrey J.Bresch (Jeff)

Partner

Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.7231

Jeff Bresch is a seasoned trial attorney with extensive experience in state and federal courts across the country. He has handled a wide array of civil litigation matters including mortgage lending, trade secret law, technology, medical device, pharmaceutical, and product liability. Jeff's experience also extends to employment law, corporate/shareholder disputes, class action, civil rights, insurance, oil and gas, coal, environmental, and general commercial litigation.

He led a defense effort in a state court jury trial challenging the validity of certain lending practices. In addition, Jeff successfully defended employees charged with violating post-employment covenants following a trial on the merits.

Jeff has represented employers and employees in litigating and defending covenants not-to-compete and restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements in trade secret matters in state and federal courts. He also has been involved in successful actions to enjoin clients' former employees who had misappropriated manufacturing, technological, or corporate trade secrets from working and/or competing in the applicable industry. Jeff is routinely involved in high-level strategic discussions with executive management on corporate and litigation issues.

Jeff has authored and coauthored articles on trade secret litigation and actively engages in nationwide speaking engagements on various litigation and related topics, including seminars and presentations on the use of best practices and e-discovery in complex litigation.

Jeff is on the board of directors of The Pennsylvania Innocence Project. In his involvement with the organization, he led a team of attorneys that successfully exonerated a woman who had spent more than a decade in prison wrongly incarcerated.

Experience

Honduran woman obtains asylum in contested immigration case
Jones Day represented pro bono a woman from Honduras in connection with the Firm’s Laredo Project.

Crystal Dawn Weimer exonerated after spending more than a decade in prison
Crystal Dawn Weimer spent more than a decade in jail for allegedly participating in the 2001 murder of Curtis Haith.

Quicken Loans prevails against fraud and statutory claims pursued by borrower
Jones Day successfully defended Quicken Loans Inc., a mortgage lender based in Detroit, Michigan, against plaintiff-borrower's claim for more than $2 million in damages, including punitives.

Education Management Corporation defends federal and state False Claims Act allegations
Jones Day is defending Education Management Company (EDMC) against a False Claims Act action brought by private relators and joined by the federal government, several states and the District of Columbia.

The following represents experience prior to joining Jones Day.

As lead trial counsel in a six-week jury trial, successfully obtained a multimillion dollar verdict, including an award of punitive damages arising out of theft and misappropriation of cutting-edge, life-saving technologies.

Jeff managed the defense portfolio of thousands of mass tort/product liability matters pending as Multidistrict Litigation ("MDL") relating to claims asserted by welders arising out of contact with welding fumes.

As lead trial counsel, obtained a mandatory injunction enjoining defendants from improperly passing off inferior and dangerous counterfeit building materials manufactured below industry standards (containing a known carcinogen) in China.

As lead trial counsel, successfully defended and obtained judgment on behalf of a natural gas public utility in a series of lawsuits arising out of a gas well leak, fire, and explosion that resulted in personal injuries, including a fatality, and extensive property damage.

Successfully litigated and opposed efforts of a dissident shareholder seeking to enjoin a pending corporate transaction arising from alleged improper disclosure under Section 14(e) of the Securities Act of 1934 in federal district court.

As lead trial counsel, successfully defended a group of high-level executives who were sued for allegedly misappropriating confidential business information and trade secrets following their departure from their former employer after establishing a competing business.

As lead trial lawyer, successfully defended several exploration and production companies in connection with OSHA investigations and citations arising out of alleged work safety violations, including a fatality and environmental losses from drilling operations in the Marcellus Shale.

As lead trial counsel, successfully defended former employees, along with their new employer, wrongfully accused of violating noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements.

As lead trial counsel, managed and litigated a portfolio of matters arising out of alleged lending irregularities on behalf of various lending institutions.

As lead trial counsel, successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of a public utility after a gas explosion occurred in a residential neighborhood that resulted in claims brought by six plaintiffs for, among other things, wrongful death, permanent disabilities, and property damage.

As lead trial counsel, successfully defended a former financial advisor who was sued for allegedly misappropriating confidential business information after the former employee joined a competing investment firm.

As lead trial counsel, successfully defended a multimillion dollar breach of contract action arising out of the design and construction of a complex, e-commerce web site.

As lead trial counsel, successfully obtained numerous injunctions against former executives in order to protect the company's unique and proprietary business information.

As lead trial counsel, developed and implemented a successful litigation strategy to defend a multimillion dollar claim arising out of an alleged breach of an exclusive distribution agreement.

As lead trial counsel, successfully defended a publicly traded company and its chairman of the board in a matter in the Delaware Chancery Court arising out of a proxy contest to unseat the chairman of the company. Following a trial on the merits, the court certified the election results and dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice.

As lead trial counsel, developed and implemented a winning strategy, culminating in the entry of a consent decree, directing the defendant to maintain a software license and return critical business data.

As lead trial counsel retained following the trial court's finding of liability, successfully tried and defended a multimillion dollar damages claim — including a claim for punitive damages — in Federal District Court.

As lead trial counsel, successfully defended an emergency injunction matter that sought to prevent the sale of significant gas reserves.

As lead trial counsel, successfully represented a financial services company in recovering monetary damages relating to the improper breach and attempted termination of a mutual fund's transfer agency agreement.

Obtained a multimillion dollar arbitration award in favor of the owner of a liquid natural gas (LNG) pipeline from its operator following a rupture, fire, and explosion that resulted in excess of $40 million in personal injury and property damage claims.

Served as trial counsel for a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in litigation arising out of a multimillion dollar investment to develop a revolutionary alternative treatment for Type-I diabetes.

Successfully litigated numerous commercial replevin and foreclosure actions arising out of borrowers' failure to perform under various bank loan documents.

Served as trial counsel in a complex, multinational breach of contract action arising out of numerous international coal supply agreements and related transactional documents.

Defended a national cable service provider against an injunction and federal RICO action relating to the operation and performance of a cable franchise agreement.

Served as general counsel for numerous start-up technology-based companies to facilitate and advance the business and legal needs of these technology-based clients.

Additional Publications

  • March 2017Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act Would Mandate Sanctions for Frivolous Claims
  • May 2016Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act Imposes New Notice Obligations on Employers
  • December 2014Enforcement of Covenants Not to Compete in Pennsylvania When the Employer Terminates the Employment Relationship

Speaking Engagements

  • November 4, 2014Electronic Discovery and Investigation in Noncompete Litigation, Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Panel
  • April 25, 2014Pennsylvania Bar Institute, eDiscovery Symposium
  • April 26, 2013Pennsylvania Bar Institute, eDiscovery Symposium
  • November 7, 2012The Trial of a Restrictive Covenants Case, Employment Law Institute, 2012 Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • April 27, 2012Pennsylvania Bar Institute, eDiscovery Symposium
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