Jesse focuses on matters related to data governance and discovery in the context of product liability litigation. She advises clients on best practices for the preservation, collection, processing and review of data as part of the discovery process. Jesse has coordinated the production of materials in federal multidistrict litigation, individual state and federal cases, and consolidated state proceedings across the country.

Jesse rejoined Shook after serving as assistant senior counsel of litigation and compliance at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in the Chicago area. Before her in-house experience, Jesse spent several years as an associate in Shook’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Division, where she honed her expertise handling product liability claims, including dispositive motion practice; preparing company and expert witnesses for depositions and trial; and general trial preparation and strategy. Her considerable industry knowledge extends to pharma-funded take-back programs mandated by regulations in several municipalities across the U.S. and ongoing efforts to pass similar measures in other cities, counties and states. In this capacity, she has assisted companies with monitoring and compliance efforts, in addition to working with the industry working group formed to facilitate industry-wide cooperation on take-back-related initiatives.

In addition to her primary practice, Jesse devotes time to pro bono work. She has represented indigent parties in guardianship matters and participated in activities promoting civics education for elementary and high-school students.

Publications

Jesse Weisshaar, A Lack Of Comprehensive Guidance In CMS User Guide, Law360, Feb. 28, 2012

Jesse Weisshaar, Unhelpful Friends?, Journal of The Missouri Bar, Jan./Feb. 2007

Jesse Weisshaar, Does Loss of Custody of a Child Resulting From Attorney Negligence Cause Damage?, Missouri Law Review, Fall 2005

Presentations

Panelist, A Team Effort: Working Together to Manage the eDiscovery Process, Women in EDiscovery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (July 8, 2015).