Sharyl A.Reisman

Partner

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Sharyl Reisman has more than 25 years of experience as trial counsel in a range of complex litigation matters, including consumer class actions, mass torts, multidistrict litigation, and coordinated proceedings. She has defeated class certification in consumer fraud class actions and has defended cases involving toxic tort, product liability, environmental, trade secret, and intellectual property matters. She has represented clients in the consumer products, electronics, pharmaceutical, chemical manufacturing, agriculture, and oil and gas industries. Sharyl has extensive experience in developing the strategy, facts, and expert record necessary to defeat cases and class actions involving health effect allegations, product defects, and consumer fraud and misrepresentation.

Sharyl was trial counsel for Yamaha in a bellwether case relating to rollovers of an off-road vehicle. After a three-month jury trial, she obtained a complete defense verdict. Sharyl also defended IBM in a case involving claims of personal injury, medical monitoring, and property damage relating to groundwater contamination and vapor intrusion. Her other recent representations include successfully defending an HVAC manufacturer in over a dozen consumer class action across the U.S., without any class being certified. She was a member of the trial team defending Dole Food Company in a five-month jury trial involving sterility claims of 42 plaintiffs; all of plaintiffs' claims were defeated at trial and in post-trial motions. Sharyl also represented IBM in hundreds of workplace exposure claims alleging various health effects and was a member of the trial team obtaining a unanimous defense verdict in a four-month jury trial.

Sharyl is the Firmwide hiring partner and serves as a member of the Firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Experience

  • GlobalFoundries wins complete victory on summary judgment and motion to exclude expertsJones Day won a complete victory on behalf of GlobalFoundries U.S., Inc. on its motions for summary judgment and to exclude plaintiff's experts regarding personal injury claims arising from an alleged exposure to chemicals in the workplace.
  • Daikin Industries defends putative class action alleging sale of defective evaporator coilsJones Day is defending Daikin Industries, Ltd. against putative class action litigation in which plaintiffs allege the manufacture and sale of defective evaporator coils.
  • Goodman defeats class certification in putative consumer class actions alleging sale of failure-prone air conditioner componentsJones Day represents Goodman Global, Inc. and its affiliates, the manufacturers of central air conditioning and heating systems sold under the Goodman, Amana, and Daikin brands, in a series of putative consumer class actions.
  • IBM resolves claims related to alleged exposure to toxic emissionsJones Day client International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) resolved numerous claims brought by hundreds of current and former residents of Endicott, NY alleging personal injuries, diminution in property values, and other damages related to alleged vapor intrusion and historic air emissions in the area from IBM's former manufacturing facility.
  • DIRECTV defeats patent infringement charges over broadcast satellite TVJones Day defended DIRECTV and related companies in a patent infringement action involving multiple patents allegedly reading on aspects of its television satellite broadcast technology.
  • Yamaha prevails in jury trial involving Rhino SxS vehicleAfter a three month trial in the Orange County Superior Court, Complex Division, a jury returned a defense verdict on behalf of Jones Day client Yamaha Motor Co. in a "bellwether" case involving the Yamaha Rhino SxS vehicle.
  • Chemtura plan confirmed and bondholders take majority equity stake in reorganized companyJones Day successfully represented an ad hoc committee of bondholders in the Chemtura bankruptcy case, prevailing in a heavily-contested confirmation trial before Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber in the Southern District of New York.
  • Father succeeds in the return of his four-year old son, who had been abducted by his mother and taken to New York City, to the Cayman IslandsOn December 5, 2008, Jones Day New York filed suit on behalf of Mr. W in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, seeking the immediate return of his four-year-old son to the Cayman Islands under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction after the son was abducted by the child's mother and taken to New York.
  • Chevron defends Ecuadorean cancer claimsJones Day successfully defended Chevron Corporation in a toxic tort case originally brought by seven Ecuadorians alleging they contracted cancer from Texaco's (Chevron's predecessor's) former operations in Ecuador.
  • Dole defends against multiple cross-border mass tort cases alleging injuries from pesticide exposureJones Day defended Dole Food Company, Inc. in multiple toxic tort lawsuits brought by agricultural workers from 13 countries claiming that the use of the pesticide dibromochloropropane (DBCP) on banana farms in Latin America, Africa, and the Philippines during the 1970s caused adverse health effects.
  • Dole defends against toxic tort actionJones Day represented Dole Food Company in a five-month toxic tort jury trial in Central Civil West Court, Los Angeles.
  • IBM reviews compliance with various environmental regulatory issuesJones Day advises International Business Machines (IBM) on various environmental, safety, and health issues including OSH Act and regulations, agency inquiries, epidemiological studies, medical monitoring programs, and document retention requirements.
  • Fortune 500 company establishes compliance with mercury regulations worldwideJones Day advised a large corporate client when it required immediate advice regarding regulations governing the sale, in all fifty U.S. states and in numerous foreign countries, of products containing small amounts of mercury.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 11, 2019
      Recent Trends in Consumer-Fraud Class Actions
    • April 4, 2017
      Emerging Trends in Consumer Fraud Class Action Litigation
    • February 4, 2016
      Emerging Issues in Product Liability Litigation
    • June 12, 2015
      PLI's Environmental Regulation 2015
    • April 14, 2009
      Consumer Product and Safety Improvement Act: No Fun and Games, New York City Bar Association Product Liability Subcommittee
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