Mark A.Belasic

Partner

Cleveland + 1.216.586.1043

Mark Belasic is an aggressive trial lawyer who has been trying high-stakes products liability cases around the country for many years. Since the 1980s, he has represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in several hundred cases and has tried more than 20 cases to verdict as lead counsel. He also has years of experience defending a variety of class actions, has defeated class certification in several dozen cases, and won a defense verdict in one of the largest medical monitoring class actions ever tried.

Mark was lead trial counsel for R.J. Reynolds in a multiyear class action trial in New Orleans in which defendants won a defense verdict on a $12 billion medical monitoring claim. He has tried many wrongful death cases in state and federal courts, including a lung cancer case in federal court in Seattle in which the jury took only one hour to reach a defense verdict and an emphysema case in rural Florida in which he won a defense verdict even when medical causation was conceded. He has broad experience in working with scores of different scientific and medical expert witnesses and communicating complex issues to juries in ways that are understandable and appealing to lay people.

Mark is a member of the Ohio and Cleveland Bar Associations. He is an author of the Ohio tort law chapter in Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium.

Experience

  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Baker ''Engle progeny'' lawsuitOn September 19, 2012, after three weeks of trial, a state court jury in West Palm Beach, Florida returned a verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a wrongful death case.
  • R.J. Reynolds prevails in Castleman ''Engle progeny'' appealOn August 17, 2012, Florida's First District Court of Appeal affirmed a grant of summary judgment in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
  • R.J. Reynolds prevails in closely watched emphysema-related Florida lawsuitOn March 28, 2011, after two weeks of trial, a state court jury in Green Cove Springs, Florida returned a verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Philip Morris USA in the closely watched emphysema-related case.
  • R.J. Reynolds prevails on medical monitoring claims at trialFollowing a multiyear trial of a class action in New Orleans, Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company won a defense verdict on a $12 billion medical monitoring claim in a venue long recognized as one of the most hostile to corporate defendants.
  • Tobacco industry wins 2nd Circuit reversal of certification and ultimate dismissal of 50 million member $800 billion RICO fraud class actionJones Day represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Brown & Williamson Holdings, Inc. as lead counsel in a nationwide class action seeking reimbursement for allegedly misleading consumers by labeling cigarettes as "light."
  • R.J. Reynolds defends multibillion dollar nationwide class action in the Eastern District of New YorkJones Day, on behalf of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, served as industry liaison and coordinating counsel in proposed multibillion dollar nationwide class action before the Honorable Jack B. Weinstein, Senior United States District Court Judge, Eastern District of New York.
  • R.J. Reynolds prevails in jury trial brought by smoker's widowerJones Day won a complete defense verdict for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in this lawsuit by the widower of a smoker who died of cancer after smoking Reynolds' cigarettes for 26 years.
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