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.
Product 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)