Jesika W.French


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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.


  • 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

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