Jesus focuses his practice in complex litigation, trial and appellate advocacy. He represents clients in mass tort, toxic tort, product liability, business disputes and class action. He also has handled litigation and arbitration matters in a range of industries involving claims related to breach of contract, civil rights, wrongful death and premises liability. 

In particular, Jesus has substantial experience in automotive litigation, and has handled defense of class actions, state court consolidated proceedings and multidistrict litigation in the field; he has represented automobile manufacturers as well as trucking and trailer companies. 

Jesus also has defended manufacturers of pesticides, paint, chemicals, talc products and cosmetics, in matters that have included allegations that exposure to asbestos and benzene caused injuries to plaintiffs. 

Jesus is also committed to pro bono service, providing representation in immigration cases for asylum seekers and children who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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


Representative Matters

Automotive

Represented an international automobile manufacturer in consumer class action and product liability MDL and state court consolidated proceedings involving more than 200 nationwide actions.

Obtained dismissal of $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 a personal injury and wrongful death suit arising from alleged manufacturing and design defects of rental moving trucks.

Defended international trucking and trailer moving company in a product liability and personal injury action involving plaintiffs driver and passenger, who lost control of a vehicle attached to a trailer and crashed.

Defended international trucking and trailer moving company in product liability action where the plaintiff’s leg was run over. The plaintiff alleged that the gearshift selector was defective, jumping from park to reverse.

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.

Toxic Tort

Successfully 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 indoxocarb.

Represented a large paint manufacturer in a case involving an aerospace lab technician who contracted interstitial lung disease and scleroderma after alleged exposure to benzene in paint products.

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.

Represented a large chemical company in a case involving a welder who contracted ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) after alleged exposure to benzene in lubricants and solvents.

Represented a large paint manufacturer in a case involving a machinist who contracted liver disease after alleged exposure to benzene in paint products, thinners and adhesives.

Defended large paint manufacturer against claims that a former auto-body repairman developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma as a result of more than 30 years of exposure to automotive repair products supplied by more than 20 defendants. Obtained early dismissal after successful mediation.

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

Additional Matters

Defended a hospital against class action claims for unfair competition and fraud.

Publications

Courts’ Love-Hate Relationship with Equitable Estoppel, Law360, June 1, 2015.