-Business and Commercial Litigation
-Administrative, Licensing, and Regulatory Matters
Jon is a specialist in managing high exposure product liability and professional liability cases. Jon's product liability experience includes advising clients on present and future risk probabilities, evaluation of claimant injuries, working with engineers to determine the root cause of product failures, working with medical experts, projection of potential damage awards, and litigation defense. Jon's professional liability defense experience includes defending lawyers and professionals sued for malpractice, advising insurers on exposure and reserve levels, strategic and technical policy analysis, and litigating coverage issues.
Jon acts as a legal advisor to many of the nation's top insurers, and has taught Wisconsin insurance law, claims handling, and risk mitigation at one of the nation's largest property and casualty insurers. Jon has managed and successfully resolved product liability cases involving the following disparate products: helicopters, airplanes, water distillers, grinding wheels, water heaters, boilers, trailers, trucks, cranes, hospital beds, exercise equipment, and computers. His experience also includes the defense of premises liability claims, auto accidents, contract disputes, worker's compensation claims, and real estate disputes.
Successfully represented a small appliance manufacturer in a complex product liability house fire case involving intertwined successor corporate liability issues. Plaintiff claimed personal injury damages of more than $2.5 million dollars for neurological damages allegedly caused by smoke inhalation. Developed and implemented a litigation strategy that minimized potential damages, overcame unfavorable indemnification language in a stock purchase agreement, forced the predecessor corporation to share in the defense and settlement, and obtained a favorable agreement on future liabilities.
Obtained summary judgment in an MDL875 asbestos litigation.
Advised national insurer on coverage options, policy exposure, and target settlement numbers in a $1 million dollar plus product liability case involving an allegedly defective component motor part.
AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS
-C.A.L.I. Award for Legal Writing
-C.A.L.I. Award for Ethical Issues in Healthcare Law
-Presenter: Practical Evidence Issues Before and at Trial - Milwaukee Bar Association, Milwaukee, WI (December 12, 2008)
-Presenter: Avoiding Bad Faith Claims in Wisconsin (And Elsewhere) - AIG -Technical Services, New York, NY (May 20, 2004)
Flying J Inc. v. Van Hollen, 621 F.3d 658 (7th Cir. 2010)
Marks v. Houston Cas. Co., No. 09-CV-1159, 2010 WL 1180364 (E.D. Wis. Mar. 22, 2010)
Vincent v. Omniflight Helicopters, Inc., No. 08-C-0572, 2009 WL 4262578 (E.D. Wis. Nov. 24, 2009)
-State of Wisconsin
-U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
-U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
Jon was born and raised in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, and currently resides in Racine with his wife Sarah, son Alexander, and daughter Ashlyn. When not spending time chasing around his toddlers, he clings to his own youth by plugging in his vintage Gibson guitars, turning his Marshall stack to "11," and chasing his family out of the house with deafening renditions of not-so-popular 1980's music.