Jennifer defends significant lawsuits in multidistrict litigation as well as individual cases pending in state and federal courts across the country. Her practice focuses on litigation with an emphasis on product liability defense.
Jennifer has served as counsel for clients in cases involving numerous prescription drugs, including anti-seizure medications, weight loss medicines, hormone products, anti-depressants and asthma medications. In addition to her pharmaceutical practice, she has represented the largest domestic manufacturer of plastic consumer gasoline containers in numerous cases alleging injuries from misuse of the containers.
Jennifer has participated in every stage of litigation from initial case work-up and discovery through trial. With significant experience defending experts from Daubert challenges and mounting such challenges against opposing experts, she has authored Daubert briefs on general- and specific-causation filed in large multidistrict litigation, as well as in state and federal courts.
Jennifer has also conducted in-depth risk assessments for several clients, enabling them to get ahead of the product liability curve. She has a particular interest in federal preemption as it relates to pharmaceutical products and has monitored legal developments in this area. She closely follows the biologics industry and developing regulations that will affect biosimilar approval in the United States.
In addition to her product liability practice, Jennifer is active in Shook’s pro bono program and has handled juvenile criminal matters and guardianships.
Jennifer Stevenson and James Muehlberger, How To Fight The Rising Tide Of Cosmetic Class Actions, Law360, June 3, 2014.
Lori McGroder and Jennifer Stevenson, Cosmetics Under Fire: Tips to Avoid FDA Scrutiny, Law360, Nov. 30. 2012.
Scott W. Sayler and Jennifer M. Stevenson, Ten Keys to Successfully Defending Mass Tort Products Liability Litigation (Association of Defense Trial Attorneys 2007).
Scott W. Sayler and Jennifer M. Stevenson, Kansas Section, Multi-National and Multi-State Extraordinary Damages Survey (International Association of Defense Counsel 2006).
Lori McGroder and Jennifer Stevenson, "Things I Wish I Knew About Depositions When I Started Practicing," Kansas Association of Defense Counsel Annual Conference (Kansas City, Missouri), Dec. 2013.