Columbus, Ohio 43210
Jeff Jones has represented clients in class actions, multijurisdictional matters, and complex litigation in over 30 states throughout the U.S. He has served as national or regional coordinating counsel involving securities claims, alleged product failures, franchise and distribution litigation, and commercial disputes filed against many of Jones Day's clients, including R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Scotts Miracle Gro, and General Motors LLC, among others. Jeff has also coordinated numerous internal company investigations for clients of the Firm, including investigations relating to accounting matters, revenue recognition, and FCPA and anti-corruption issues, and assisted with training and compliance efforts arising out of the investigations.
Jeff has represented clients of the Firm in multiple class actions, including Lowe's, Reynolds, Toyota, and GM. He has tried over 30 cases to courts, juries, arbitration panels, administrative law judges, and administrative boards in different jurisdictions and forums throughout the U.S., and handled appellate proceedings through every level of state and federal courts.
Jeff was lead trial counsel in Andy Buick, et al., v. GM, et al., a case in which the plaintiffs sought $13 million in compensatory damages and $320 million in punitive damages. At the conclusion of the trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of GM. Jeff also represented Reynolds along with other defense counsel in Ironworkers, et al. v. Philip Morris, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:97CV 1422, a class action in which plaintiffs sought over $2 billion, which culminated in a defense verdict after a lengthy jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
Jeff has represented many other manufacturers in complex litigation arising out of securities fraud, wrongful death claims, construction disputes, franchise claims, accidents, contract disputes, and commercial litigation. He has taken or defended hundreds of depositions of experts or other witnesses working in the fields of accounting, marketing, statistics, disease causation, medical sciences, epidemiology, toxicology, fire modeling, accident reconstruction, automotive design, warnings, mechanical engineering, biomechanics, and human factors.
Jeff is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and was a member of the American Inns of Court, where he made written and oral presentations on trial issues, including the preservation of evidence, excluding expert witnesses, and ethical considerations. He has also spoken or written on numerous litigation topics for CLE seminars, including "Proving Causation in Toxic Tort Litigation" and "Defending Punitive Damage Claims."
|Areas of Practice||1) Litigation, 2) Securities Litigation & SEC Enforcement, 3) Product Liability Litigation, 4) Business and Tort Litigation (USA) and 5) Franchising & Distribution|
|Law School||Harvard Law School|
|Education||University of Kentucky (B.B.A., 1981)|
|Bar Member / Association||Ohio|
|Most recent firm||Jones Day|
Benjamin P. Smith is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. He is a trial lawyer with a particular focus on high-stakes disputes in the biotechnology, medical device, and internet industries.