Jesika French, a trial lawyer with experience on more than 15 jury trial teams, defends companies in product liability lawsuits and civil litigation.
Jesika is currently involved in Jones Day's nationwide defense of the Engle progeny smoking and health lawsuits brought against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. At trial, she has argued motions and jury instructions to the court and conducted cross-examinations of fact and expert witnesses. Jesika also has developed experience in the many other aspects of complex commercial litigation, including conducting legal research, drafting motions and responses, taking and defending depositions, and post-trial briefing.
Jesika 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. She also is a barrister in the Bleckley Inn of Court.
Jesika maintains an active pro bono practice, including assisting with AVLF's Domestic Violence Project, through which Jones Day attorneys volunteer to represent survivors of family violence seeking temporary protective orders. 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.
- 2015Product Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium
- Georgia State University (J.D. summa cum laude 2013; Atlanta School of Law Fellow; Bleckley Inn of Court; Symposium Editor, GSU Law Review; 2012 William W. Daniel Mock Trial Competition Finalist); The University of Georgia (B.A. in Speech Communications cum laude 2010)
- Georgia and Florida
- Extern, Major Crimes Division, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia (Fall 2012 and Spring 2013)
- Intern, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia (Summer 2011)