Paula BattWilson

Of Counsel

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Paula Batt Wilson concentrates her practice in litigation. She recently represented the audit committee of a public company in an internal inquiry, represented an international energy corporation in the bankruptcy proceedings of a spin-off company, defended a nationwide collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and served on the defense trial team in consolidated federal litigation involving an implantable medical device.

For several years Paula served on the national coordinating counsel team in product liability and public nuisance litigation involving paints and pigments, with responsibilities encompassing corporate, medical, and public health history and the defense of claims of failure to warn and claims of misrepresentations in advertising and marketing. Other representations range from the defense of a financial institution in fraud litigation and of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in nationwide class action litigation to the defense of utility companies in energy litigation and law firms in legal malpractice cases.

Paula currently serves in the role of Administrative Partner for Jones Day's Cleveland Office. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Foundation and a member of the Parish Council of the Church of the Gesu in University Heights, Ohio. An active volunteer for the American Red Cross Blood Services, Paula is the former co-chair of the Donor Recruitment Council of the board of directors of the Northeast Ohio Region. Before practicing law, Paula was a member of the U.S. management team at AFS International/Intercultural Programs Inc. in New York with operational responsibility for the Western United States Region.

Experience

  • Sherwin-Williams defends lead paint actions brought by California cities and countiesJones Day is defending The Sherwin-Williams Company against claims brought by ten of California's largest cities and counties.
  • Peabody Energy continues fight with Patriot CoalJones Day represented Peabody Energy Corporation ("PEC") in matters relating to the chapter 11 cases of its former subsidiary, Patriot Coal Corporation ("PCC"), including (a) discovery being conducted by PCC and their creditors' committee in those chapter 11 cases, (b) in an adversary proceeding brought against PEC by PCC in the chapter 11 case relating to certain benefit payments, and (c) litigation in West Virginia brought by the United Mine Workers of America relating to benefits owing by PCC.
  • OGE Energy prevails in arbitration over claimed damages from "take or pay" contractsOn behalf of Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. ("OGE"), Jones Day prevailed in an arbitration over claimed damages from so-called "take or pay" contracts entered into during the 1960's and 1970's.
  • Mentor wins complete defense verdict after trial in case alleging injuries caused by ObTapeThe Plaintiff in this case asserted negligence and failure to warn claims against Jones Day client Mentor Corporation, alleging that she had suffered injuries due to ObTape, a surgically-implanted mesh sling used for treatment of stress urinary incontinence.
  • Sherwin-Williams prevails in landmark public nuisance suit over lead pigment before Rhode Island Supreme CourtThe Rhode Island Supreme Court overturned a jury verdict against Jones Day client, The Sherwin-Williams Company, and other former lead pigment manufacturers, stating that the trial court should have dismissed the public nuisance claim at the outset.
  • Wyeth obtains 5th Circuit affirmance of summary judgment entry in products liability action related to prescription antidepressantOn April 24, 2008, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the trial court's entry of summary judgment in favor of Jones Day client Wyeth in Ackermann v. Wyeth, 526 F.3d 203 (5th Cir. 2008).
  • Cooper Tire & Rubber successfully defends against premises liability and products caseJones Day successfully defended Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in a premises liability/products case in trial court and on appeal, and also obtained a judgment for indemnity against the employer of the plaintiff.
  • Sherwin-Williams successfully defends judgment in lead paint poisoning case on appealJones Day successfully represented The Sherwin-Williams Company in a lead paint poisoning case.
  • OGE defends against state court litigation arising from "take or pay" natural gas purchase contractsJones Day represented OGC in state court actions arising from "take or pay" natural gas purchase contracts.
  • Sherwin-Williams defends against Milwaukee public nuisance actionJones Day represented The Sherwin-Williams Company in a public nuisance action brought by the city of Milwaukee.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • November 2015
      Professional Development Series Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    • October 2015
      Legal Careers In An Evolving Profession University of Michigan Law School
    • October 2014
      Law and Leadership Program Case Western Reserve University School of Law
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