Jessica L. Davis

Partner

Jessica is a partner in BMD's Litigation group in our Columbus office.  Her practice is focused on defense of hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, home health care agencies and other healthcare professionals in various aspects of civil litigation involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death.

Contact Information

250 Civic Center Drive, Suite 300. Columbus, Ohio 43215
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Education

Capital Unversity Law School, J.D., cum laude
University of Central Florida, B.A.

Overview

Jessica's experience is diverse including:

  • Defense of cases involving claims of medical malpractice
  • Professional negligence
  • Products liability
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Fraud
  • Premises liability

She defends claims, in both state and federal trial appellate courts, for cases such as labor and delivery errors, medication errors, failure/delay in medical diagnosis, failure of patient safety initiatives, wrong site surgery, surgical complications, and policy and procedure failures.

Jessica's clients also include property owners pursuing reduction of real estate taxes in local administrative hearings throughout Ohio and the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals.  She also represents both commercial and residential property owners involved in in lease disputes.

Jessica also provides advisory opinions to clients on risk management matters and has served as personal counsel to physicians and business owners involved in litigation and insurance matters. She has also represented parties in private and step-parent adoptions.

Representative Matters

Medical/Liability Defense

  • Secured defense verdict for large hospital system after a two week jury trial involving the death of a 42-year old man less than thirty-six hours after discharge from the hospital
  • Secured defense verdict for large prominent orthopedic practice after a week jury trial involving injury to an active elderly woman allegedly resulting in the need for custodial care until death
  • Secured defense verdict for national retailer after a three week jury trial involving catastrophic injury of a 56-year old man
  • Secured defense verdicts in several medical malpractice actions where Plaintiffs asked jury for verdicts in excess of $1,000,000
  • Secured defense verdict in professional negligence action which included claims of defamation, fraud, conspiracy and breach of contract
  • Successfully defended several hundreds of medical malpractice actions resulting in favorable out of court resolution, court ordered dismissals and voluntary dismissals

Product Liability Litigation

  • Represented motor vehicle manufacturers and asbestos distributors in numerous asbestos related litigation with special attention to the medical issues in each case
  • Represented Lamborghini in a products liability case filed in federal court and secured a dismissal of all claims
  • Represented a boiler manufacturer which exploded and killed two workers at an electric plant.  Jessica wrote the appellate brief and argued successfully before the Tenth District Court of Appeals
  • Represented Gander Mountain in a products liability trial in federal court lasting 2.5 weeks.  Plaintiff suffered catastrophic injuries.  Plaintiff asked the jury for $6MM and we secured a defense verdict

Real Estate Litigation

  • Successfully reduced real estate tax values for commercial property owners in excess of $10,000,000
  • Successfully reduced real estate tax values for residential property owners in excess of $1,000,000
  • Secured verdict for landowner in an eminent domain proceeding in Licking County, Ohio
  • Successfully litigated lease disputes for both landlords and tenants

Adoption

  • Successfully finalized multiple step parent and sibling adoptions
  • Successfully defended against step parent adoption
  • Successfully completed private adoptions

Presentations

  • "Drug Device and Biotech: Shifting Political Winds - What does it mean for FDA regulated industry?", Panelist, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Webinar (September 2017)
  • "Following Up on Incidental Findings", OHA Annual Meeting (June 2017)
  • "Medical Malpractice and Primary Care", Invited Speaker at Family Practice (2017)
  • "Risks of the EHR", Invited Speaker at Various Physician Practices (May 2015, November 2016)
  • "Controllable Risks in Malpractice", Invited Speaker at Various Physician Practices (May 2014, September 2014)
  • "Prescription Drug Abuse - An Epidemic", Invited Speaker at Various Physician Practices (May 2013, October 2013)
  • "Deposition Testimony", Invited Speaker to Residency Program of Large Hospital (May 2013)
  • "Witness Preparedness", Invited Speaker to Residency Program of Large Hospital (February 2013)
  • "Electronic Health Information Age", Invited Speaker at Various Physician Practices (September 2012, October 2012)
  • "I'm Sorry - Does an Apology and/or Disclosure Implicate Fault?", Invited Speaker at Large Hospital System Conference (2012)
  • "The Spooky World of E-Discovery", Invited Speaker at Large Hospital System Conference (2007)
  • "Americans with Disabilities Act Title III: Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities" (2006 & 2007)
  • "Tort Reform for Medical Malpractice Liability" (2005)

Accomplishments

  • Named The Best Lawyers in America© for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2018)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2017)
  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2012-2018)
  • Leadership Columbus, Class of 2012
  • Judicial Externship for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division

Professional Affiliations

  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (2016)

Community & Civic Affiliations

  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Buckeye Chapter, Board of Trustees
  • Columbus CREW, Member

 

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