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 of opioid cases, 2,500 Fen-Phen cases and victories on behalf of automobile industry clients that saved hundreds of millions of dollars, Jessie has always returned successful results in the cases she has handled.
Jessie is currently battling on behalf of an international pharmaceutical company in court rooms across Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia in opioid litigation that has made national headlines. In addition, she is presently defending wildfire litigation with numerous consolidated cases with approximately $35 million at issue.
The Network of Trial Law Firms, Inc. — Chair (2017), Executive Committee (2016-2018)
Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments (2020-2021)
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
International Association of Defense Counsel — Board of the Foundation (2019); 2020 Annual Meeting, CLE Chair; Product Liability Committee, Chair (2017-2018), Vice Chair (2013-2017)
Federal Court Magistrate Judge Nominating Committee, selected by Chief Judge Kevin Sharp (2015)
American Health Law Association (AHLA)
Representation of HigherDOSE, a growth stage wellness product and services company, as outside general counsel. We advise the company on corporate entity structure; equity incentives; intellectual property protection; data privacy, including CCPA and GDPR compliance; FDA compliance; commercial contracts; waivers; product safety and advertising matters.
Represented a recycling corporation in the establishment of an ESOP used to acquire 100% of the company in a leveraged transaction in the amount of $51.5 million
Represented a manufacturer in complete dismissal of a multiple plaintiff products liability class action lawsuit
Represented the Town of Smyrna, Tennessee in a lawsuit against the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia (MGAG) alleging unauthorized natural gas hedging charges imposed by MGAG. The case was resolved very favorably for the Town.
Representation of a pharmaceutical company in a patent infringement case related to the sale and marketing of a cancer treatment drug
Represented Neles-Jamesbury and Metso Automation in asbestos case ultimately obtaining summary judgment
Represented CLARCOR in connection with its acquisition of the filtration business of Stanadyne Corporation for approximately $325 million
Currently representing a large consumer products manufacturer in two class action claims alleging our client’s product emits a chemical in an amount higher than the manufacturer disclosed that resulted in personal injury
Representing a large industrial manufacturer in a large number of individual asbestos cases filed in Knoxville, Tennessee
Chambers USA — Environment (2020), Recognized Practitioner (2016-2019)
Benchmark Litigation — Local Litigation Star: Tennessee (2019-2021)
Best Lawyers® — Nashville Litigation: Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” (2021)
The Best Lawyers in America© — Environmental Law; Litigation: Environmental; Natural Resources Law (2007-2021)
Nashville Business Journal — “Women of Influence, Trailblazer Category” (2015)
Nashville Bar Association — President’s Award (2014)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2009-2020)
Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers (2011-2012, 2016, 2020)
Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers (2020)
Phi Beta Kappa