Jessalyn H. Zeigler


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As both a seasoned litigator and crisis management strategist, Jessie Zeigler has represented clients in some of the nation’s most high-profile cases over the last 25 years. From her defense in Tennessee wildfire litigation, precedent-setting opioid cases, and victories on behalf of automobile industry clients, Jessie has obtained favorable results and saved clients hundreds of millions of dollars.

Jessie successfully obtained summary judgment in nine consolidated cases on behalf of a tree company against allegations of negligence and nuisance in wildfire litigation in which the plaintiffs sought approximately $45 million in claims. She recently served as counsel in a precedent-setting opioid litigation and win at the Tennessee Supreme Court, defending an international pharmaceutical company in court rooms across Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia in litigation that has made national headlines. She also argued the first-ever Tennessee Supreme Court Zoom hearing (held during the pandemic) and, along with a joint defense group, won a huge victory for her product manufacturer client, and product manufacturers generally, in a ruling that held that a product manufacturer cannot be held liable in Tennessee for failing to warn about the risks of another product manufacturer’s products.

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The Trial Network — Chair (2017), Executive Committee (2016-2018), head of Women in the Network (2019-present)

Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments (2020-present)

International Association of Defense Counsel — Board of Directors (2022-2025); Board of the Foundation (2019-present); 2020 Annual Meeting, CLE Chair; Product Liability Committee, Chair (2017-2018), Vice Chair (2013-2017)

Nashville Bar Association — Federal Court Committee, Co-Chair (2012, 2013)

Nashville Bar Foundation — Fellow (2016)

American Bar Association — Products Liability Committee; Women in Products Liability Subcommittee, Past Co-Chair; Food & Supplements Subcommittee, Past Co-Chair; Products, Mass Torts and Environmental Joint CLE Program, Co-Chair (2015-2018)

Defense Research Institute — Drug & Medical Device, Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee; Product Liability Committee; Toxic Torts and Environmental Law

Federal Court Magistrate Judge Nominating Committee, selected by Chief Judge Kevin Sharp (2015)

American Health Law Association (AHLA)