Whether representing a Fortune 500 company or one of the largest municipalities in Tennessee, Jessie Zeigler has returned successful results for 100 percent of the cases she has handled for clients in a wide range of litigation matters. Her counsel has saved clients millions in losses across various industries – including automotive, food and beverage, healthcare, consumer products, pulp and paper, general manufacturing, chemical, pharmaceutical/life sciences, and medical device – as they have faced claims related to crisis management, environmental, natural gas hedging, health & safety, products liability, healthcare liability, or contracts. Jessie represents clients in claims related to deceptive business practices under the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the False Claims Act (FCA). She also has more than 25 years of experience in representing clients in environmental, health and safety matters.
Jessie is chair of the firm’s Products Liability & Torts Practice Group.
The Network of Trial Law Firms, Inc. — Chair (2017), Executive Committee (2016-2018)
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)
We represented a recycling corporation in the establishment of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (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
Representing the Town of Smyrna, Tennessee against the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia (MGAG) due to MGAG’s imposition of hedging charges that are costing the Town millions each year
Handled the crisis management response/investigation for a large paper manufacturer of an incident that resulted in the death of a subcontract employee
Chambers USA — Environment, Recognized Practitioner (2016-2019)
Benchmark Litigation — Local Litigation Star: Tennessee (2019)
Best Lawyers in America® — Environmental Law; Litigation: Environmental; Natural Resources Law (2007-2018)
Nashville Business Journal — “Women of Influence, Trailblazer Category” (2015)
Nashville Bar Association — President’s Award (2014)
Mid-South Super Lawyers (2009-2018)
Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers (2011-2012, 2016)
Phi Beta Kappa