Jesús focuses his practice on complex litigation and primarily represents clients in product liability, toxic torts, and class action lawsuits and arbitrations. He serves as national counsel for a Fortune 500 trucking and trailer company. He has also handled litigation matters in a range of industries involving claims related to breach of contract, federal civil rights cases against police officers under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (excessive force and jail death cases), wrongful death, and premises liability.

In particular, Jesús has substantial experience in automotive litigation, representing car, truck, and trailer manufacturers. He currently handles the defense of product liability matters involving advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), consumer class actions in state court consolidated proceedings, multidistrict litigation and litigation-related automotive warranty claims. 

Jesús has also defended paint, chemical, raw talc, quartz, silica and pesticide manufacturers in numerous personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits alleging toxic exposures.

Additionally, Jesús is committed to pro bono service, providing representation in immigration cases for asylum seekers from many countries, including Ukraine and Afghanistan, and children who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. He also represents immigrants in plaintiff-side false imprisonment / overdetention cases. 

Jesús is a member of the Defense Research Institute, as well as the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the Hispanic National Bar Association. 

Finally, Jesús is the co-chair of Shook’s Hispanic Employment Resource Group ERG. 

Representative Matters

Defended international automobile manufacturer in a design defect matter involving alleged defective second row seats and seatbelts in a van that resulted in catastrophic injuries.  

Represented an international automobile manufacturer in a consumer personal injury action alleging defective ADAS systems.

Defended nationwide large retailer in numerous premises liability matters involving dangerous defective designs of parking lots and crosswalks involving pedestrian vs. vehicle lawsuits.

As Cumis counsel, obtained dismissal of a $25 million punitive damages claim arising from a motor vehicle accident involving a multinational corporation’s company vehicle, which was operated by an employee under the influence of alcohol and opiates.

Defended international trucking and trailer moving company in product liability action in which plaintiff alleged traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder after the rental truck he was driving caught fire on a highway.

Defended international trucking and trailer moving company in a product liability and wrongful death action in which a child was killed by a moving truck. The child’s father alleged the moving company misled him about the moving truck being equipped with a brake shift interlock device.

Defended a large pesticide manufacturer in a toxic tort matter involving an office worker who contracted Graves’ disease, allegedly after exposure to pesticides containing the chemical indoxacarb.

Successfully defended a large paint manufacturer in a case involving a diesel mechanic who contracted leukemia after alleged exposure to benzene in paint products and solvents during his employment.

Defended talc mine companies in numerous personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits alleging toxic exposure to asbestos-containing cosmetic and industrial talc products.

Defended international pesticide manufacturer in personal injury and wrongful death cases alleging toxic exposures to the chemical glyphosate. 

Part of a national team that represented an international automobile manufacturer in a consumer class action and product liability involving unintended acceleration defects MDL and state court consolidated proceedings involving more than 200 nationwide actions.

Represented an international automobile manufacturer in a consumer economic loss class action alleging defective ADAS systems.

Presentations

Latinos and the 2020 Census: Who Are the Jurors Deciding Your Clients’ Cases?, Hispanic National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference, March 26, 2022.

Proliferation of Mass Arbitrations: The Unintended Consequences of US Supreme Court’s Liberal Policy of Favoring Arbitration in Contracts and Enforcement of Class Action Waivers, Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention, September 28, 2021.