Stephen M.Beresheim (Steve)

Senior Staff Attorney

Atlanta + 1.404.581.8697

Steve Beresheim focuses on representing R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in smoking and health litigation in Florida and the Southeast. Through this representation he has gained considerable experience in numerous aspects of litigation and has been a member of the trial team in several cases.

Most recently Steve was a member of the trial team in the Hall case that was tried in Florida state court to a complete defense verdict. He was also a member of the trial team in the Little case that was tried in South Carolina District Court and in which Reynolds won directed verdict. In addition to his experience as a trial team member, Steve has participated in numerous other phases of litigation, including pretrial, post-trial, and appellate.

Steve is a member of the State Bar of Georgia (Georgia Product Liability Section) and The Florida Bar.

Experience

  • R.J. Reynolds resolves hundreds of Engle progeny cases in Florida federal courtsOn February 25, 2015, Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, along with Philip Morris USA and Lorillard Tobacco Company, entered into an agreement to resolve virtually all Engle progeny cases pending and not yet tried in the Florida federal courts.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Rohr ''Engle progeny'' lawsuitIn October 2010, Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company was lead defendant for the industry in this wrongful death case where a state court jury in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida returned a verdict in favor of R.J. Reynolds and three other defendants in this "Engle progeny" lawsuit.
  • R.J. Reynolds secures the industry's first defense verdict in Gelep ''Engle progeny'' lawsuitOn March 24, 2009, after two and a half weeks of trial, a state court jury in St. Petersburg, Florida returned a verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Reynolds' first trial of an "Engle progeny" lawsuit (Gelep v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Case No. 98-006584-CI-13 (Fla. 6th Cir. Ct.)).
  • R.J. Reynolds secures dismissal of smoking and health caseJones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company secured a dismissal of an individual smoking and health case pending in the U.S. District Court of South Carolina.
  • Rohm and Haas wins summary judgment in biocides requirements contract disputeJones Day client Rohm and Haas Company obtained summary judgment in a lawsuit brought in the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia by Arch Chemicals, Inc. and Arch UK Biocides, Ltd. involving a three-year requirements contract for the sale of biocides.
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