Janet Hickson's practice focuses on product liability litigation. She has significant experience representing the manufacturers and distributors of automobiles, motorcycles, food products, consumer products, industrial equipment and medical and orthopedic devices. She has also represented entertainment companies and amusement park venues, in addition to handling a range of commercial litigation matters.
Janet has successfully defended and tried cases of all sizes, including catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. She has also overseen national and regional defense counsel programs implemented to manage repetitive litigation involving design, manufacture and warnings defect claims.
Janet has considerable experience acting as national counsel for her clients. She regularly advises clients on a variety of discovery issues and strategic planning for case portfolios.
Obtained unanimous defense verdict in jury trial of product liability case involving energy drinks—the first such verdict in any energy drink case in the U.S. (December 2018).
Obtained favorable settlement in the middle of jury trial in product liability case involving energy drinks (February 2018).
Obtained defense verdict after two-week jury trial involving a bus rollover (April 2015). (Named among CVN's Top 10 Defense Verdicts of 2015)
First chair trial of premises liability action representing entertainment restaurant venue; obtained defense verdict (October 2012).
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of motorcycle manufacturer in product liability case (May 2012).
Second chair of eight-week jury trial involving design defect and failure to warn claims; obtained defense verdict on behalf of motorcycle manufacturer (December 2011).
Publications and Presentations
Presenter, Food Litigation Update, Western Candy Conference, Ojai, California (March 30, 2017).
Presenter, Voir Dire Strategies in Complex Products Cases, American Bar Association, Scottsdale, Arizona (March 2013).
Presenter, Harnessing the Power of the Internet: How Social Media Analysis Informs Jury Research and Trial Strategy, American Bar Association, Scottsdale, Arizona (March 2012).
Co-author, The Post-Magaña World: How the Washington Supreme Court’s Unprecedented Approach to Discovery Impacts You, the Whisper (Defense Research Institute), May 2010.