Jan Dodd joined the Los Angeles office as a partner in February 2011. Prior to that, she was a partner with a prominent Los Angeles firm, where she spent a decade as a lawyer. Before moving to California, Jan was a partner in a firm in St. Louis, Missouri.
Jan has successfully tried lawsuits throughout the country in both state and federal courts including New York, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arizona and California. Her trial experience includes product liability and mass tort cases, as well as suits involving premises liability for violent crimes. In addition, Jan has successfully argued appeals in the Seventh and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals as well as the state appellate courts of California, Missouri and Illinois. In 1998, Jan was appointed Special State’s Attorney General of Missouri in claims against tobacco companies. Before entering private practice, Jan served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Edward D. Robertson, Jr., former Chief Judge of the Missouri Supreme Court.
Jan was recognized as one of the country’s top litigators under age 45 in American Lawyer’s January 2007 feature, “Litigation’s Rising Stars,” and is cited in Chambers USA “as a talented trial lawyer” in the area of product liability by Chambers and Partners. In 2006, Lawdragon selected Jan as one of the top 500 leading litigators in America. Lawdragon, a rating company for lawyers and judges, reported, “PPA, Rezulin, breast implants: She’s a star products liability defense lawyer.” Jan was honored in 2004 as one of California’s “Top 20 Lawyers Under 40” by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. She was also recognized as one of California’s leading practitioners in the product liability defense field and is cited in the Who’sWhoLegal: California 2009 publication.
In 2005, the National Law Journal selected Ms. Dodd’s trial verdict in In re PPA as one of the top 10 defense verdicts in the country. The case, concerning over-the-counter cold medicine was also selected by the California Daily Journal as one of the top 10 verdicts in California.