Joyce D.McKinniss

Partner

Columbus + 1.614.281.3856

Joyce McKinniss is a trial lawyer who defends companies in product liability lawsuits and complex civil litigation. She has been a member of more than 20 trial teams and has served as second-chair trial counsel in five of these trials. Joyce has tried cases in state and federal courts.

Since 2009, Joyce has been part of the national coordinating counsel team representing R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in complex personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. As a member of this team, Joyce has been involved in all stages of litigation, trial preparation, and trial work, developing a wide range of experience that includes offensive and defensive discovery; taking and defending expert and fact depositions; the evaluation, development, and preparation of fact and expert witnesses for trial; and examination of fact and expert witnesses at trial. Joyce has extensive experience with experts across multiple fields, including oncology, pulmonology, psychiatry, history, economics, cardiology, and epidemiology.

Joyce is a member of the Columbus Office Recruiting Committee. She is an active member of the Wittenberg University Alumni Association and recently served on Wittenberg's Health, Wellness, and Athletic Center Development Committee.

Experience

  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Morales personal injury suitOn August 22, 2018, following seven days of trial, a state court jury in Miami, Florida returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a personal injury lawsuit.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Damiano personal injury lawsuitOn May 23, 2018, after a trial lasting 11 days, a jury in Sarasota, Florida returned a complete defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a personal injury lawsuit.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Durrance "Engle progeny" trialOn February 8, 2017, Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company received a complete defense verdict in a wrongful death action.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Bishop ''Engle progeny'' lawsuitOn November 5, 2014, after almost three weeks of trial, a state court jury in Orlando, Florida returned a verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Anderson ''Engle progeny'' lawsuitOn January 24, 2014, a jury in state court in Tampa, Florida returned a verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a wrongful death case finding that the decedent smoker was not an Engle class member.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Baker ''Engle progeny'' lawsuitOn September 19, 2012, after three weeks of trial, a state court jury in West Palm Beach, Florida returned a verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a wrongful death case.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Weick ''Engle progeny'' lawsuitJones Day successfully represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the latest "Engle progeny" lawsuit to reach a jury verdict.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Vasko ''Engle progeny'' lawsuitJones Day successfully represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the latest "Engle progeny" lawsuit to reach a jury verdict, marking the continuation of a string of seven defense verdicts in the past two months.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • November 11, 2013
      Jones Day hosts LCLD Group Mentoring Sessions for first year law students at Ohio State University and Capital Law School
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