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José A. Isasi II


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  • Georgetown University (J.D. 1992; Editor, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal); Duke University (A.B. 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, Florida, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, and U.S. District Courts for the Northern (Trial Bar) and Southern Districts of Illinois

José Isasi is a first-chair trial lawyer who has tried to verdict dozens of federal and state jury and bench trials in product liability and commercial disputes throughout the United States, receiving national recognition for his successful outcomes. He also serves as lead trial counsel in commercial arbitrations. José focuses on defending product manufacturers, particularly pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, in product liability and commercial disputes, including multidistrict litigations and other national representations. He regularly counsels clients on strategies to minimize litigation risk.

Like others at Jones Day, José has an active trial practice. During one 16-month period from 2017 to 2019, he served as first chair trial counsel in four separate multiweek jury trials that resulted in complete defense verdicts. These matters, defending product manufacturers, included wrongful death lawsuits seeking tens of millions of dollars in compensatory and punitive damages.

José has spoken extensively worldwide on litigation-related topics. He is a past director and current faculty member of the ABA/ABOTA National Trial Academy. He is a member of numerous legal associations, including the Product Liability Advisory Council, the Defense Research Institute, the Georgetown Law Alumni Council, and the ABA's Minority Trial Lawyer Committee. He also serves on Jones Day's firmwide Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement Committee, the Chicago Office's Diversity Committee, and the board of Duke University's Hispanic/Latino Alumni Association. José is actively involved in community organizations, serving on the board of directors of Legal Prep Charter Academy and Junior Achievement of Chicago's board, and has been recognized by "Who's Who in Hispanic Chicago."

Honors & Distinctions

  • Individually recommended multiple years in The Legal 500 US rankings — Product Liability/Mass Tort Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices

    Named 2018 "Winning Litigator" by The National Law Journal for jury trial victories

    Leading Lawyers Illinois — Commercial Litigation for 10+ consecutive years

    Illinois Super Lawyers — Product Liability Defense for 10+ consecutive years
José Isasi