Jesika W.French

Associate

Atlanta + 1.404.581.8970

Jesika French is a trial lawyer with experience in more than 15 jury trials — including serving as second-chair trial counsel — in high-risk cases in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

At trial, Jesika has conducted direct and cross-examinations of fact witnesses and expert witnesses in the fields of medicine, history, and product design. She has extensive experience in arguing significant motions to the court, including motions for summary judgment and directed verdict. Jesika also has experience in many other aspects of managing complex commercial litigation, including taking and defending depositions, preparing expert witnesses, and researching and drafting motions.

Jesika is currently involved in Jones Day's nationwide defense of smoking and health lawsuits brought against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. She was also a member of the trial team that achieved the record-breaking patent infringement verdict for Idenix Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Merck & Co.), the largest infringement verdict in U.S. history. After a two-week trial, the jury ordered Gilead Sciences to pay $2.54 billion in damages.

Since 2014, Jesika has been the author of the Georgia chapter of Product Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium.

Jesika maintains an active pro bono practice, including trying asylum cases on behalf of political refugees through Jones Day's Laredo Project. She also serves on the board of directors for Moving in the Spirit, a nonprofit that educates, unites, and inspires Atlanta's young people through the art of dance.

Experience

  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Russell wrongful death lawsuitOn January 25, 2019 after a trial lasting 15 days, a jury in Lakeland, Florida returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a wrongful death action.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Ellis "Engle progeny" lawsuitOn December 7, 2018, following ten days of trial, a jury in Tampa, Florida returned a defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a wrongful death action.
  • Idenix wins $2.54 billion jury verdict in Gilead patent dispute involving hepatitis C drugsAfter a nine day trial and less than two hours of jury deliberation, Jones Day, on behalf of Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC (a subsidiary of Merck & Co.), won the largest patent infringement verdict in U.S. history to date, involving a multi-billion dollar patent dispute with Gilead Sciences Inc. over sofosbuvir, the active ingredient in Gilead’s hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi® and Harvoni®.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Coursey "Engle progeny" trialOn August 25, 2016, following nine days of trial, a jury in Deland, Florida returned a verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a personal injury action.
  • Health care providers defend Medicare extrapolated audits of claimsJones Day is defending a hospice company against an alleged extrapolated overpayment calculated by a Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC) on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • Additional Publications

    • 2015
      Product Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium