Jay E. Stuemke

Jay E. Stuemke is a shareholder with Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC. Jay was admitted to practice law in Texas after graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1997. He has focused his career on seeking remedies, through both class actions and individual litigation, for consumers and commercial clients who have unjustly suffered losses and injuries due to the negligence and recklessness of others. Jay has successfully tried numerous cases across the country and has obtained verdicts resulting in net recoveries by his clients of tens of millions of dollars, after fees and expenses.

While Jay has a varied practice, his passion is investigating and, ultimately, proving at trial the most complex and difficult products liability cases. As a result, his verdicts in this area of litigation have not only resulted in some the largest-ever plaintiffs’ verdicts in his field, but have helped shape the laws governing the recovery of punitive damages.

Jay has frequently spoken at legal conferences for both plaintiffs’ and defense attorneys alike, and has been a guest speaker regarding his legal expertise on ABC news. Additionally, Jay has contributed his legal expertise to news columns for Texas Lawyer, Bloomberg News, and other periodicals.

Practice Areas

  • Toxic Torts
  • Mesothelioma/Asbestos
  • Products Liability
  • Commercial Litigation

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1997, J.D.
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, B.S., Honors: Cum Laude

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas (1997)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas (1998)
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas (2015)
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina (2015)
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (2016)

Recent Representative Cases

Depoian v. Whittaker, Clark & Daniels, Inc., et al., Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC607192

Date:  October 19, 2016
Practice Area:  Mesothelioma/Asbestos/Talc
Outcome:  Significant verdict for Plaintiff
Description:  Phil Depoian developed mesothelioma from his use of a variety of consumer talcum powder, many of which were supplied with asbestos-contaminated talc by Whittaker, Clark, & Daniels. In a six-week trial, the Plaintiffs proved that the talc supplied by Whittaker, Clark & Daniels contained asbestos and caused Phil Depoian’s cancer. The jury awarded the highest amount of compensatory damages ever in such a case, and the case settled immediately before the punitive damages phase of trial began.

 

Urbach v. The Okonite Company, St. Louis, MO Circuit Court, Case No. 1122-CC10636

Date:  January 25, 2016
Practice Area:  Mesothelioma/Asbestos
Outcome:  Significant verdict for Plaintiff
Description: Keith Urbach developed mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos-containing products, including asbestos-containing fixture wire manufactured by Okonite, during his career as an electrician. Okonite claimed that it never made the product at issue, and even if it did, that the product could not have caused mesothelioma. The jury disagreed, finding Okonite was negligent and that its asbestos-containing fixture wire was in a defective condition, unreasonably dangerous to its users.

 

Bobo v. Tennessee Valley Authority, United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama, No. CV 12-S-1930-NE

Date:  September 29, 2015
Practice Area:  Mesothelioma/Asbestos
Outcome:  Significant judgment for Plaintiff (bench trial)
Description: Barbara Bobo developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos on her husband’s work clothing. Mrs. Bobo’s husband was a laborer at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Brown’s Ferry Nuclear Power Plant for many years, and routinely wore his work clothes home to be laundered by Mrs. Bobo. Judge Lynwood Smith, following a bench trial, found that the TVA had violated its own safety codes in allowing asbestos fibers to contaminate his clothing and was therefore negligent.

 

Voelker v. John Crane, Eighth Judicial District, Erie County, NY, No. 801886/2013

Date:  July 23, 2015
Practice Area:  Mesothelioma/Asbestos
Outcome:  Significant verdict for Plaintiff
Description: Bill Voelker contracted mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos products, including John Crane Gaskets. Plaintiffs proved that John Crane knew or should have known that asbestos was deadly for decades, but failed to take the proper precautions to protect Mr. Voelker. The jury found that John Crane was negligent, that its products were unreasonably dangerous, and that it failed to warn of asbestos related dangers. Although the Plaintiffs readily admitted exposure to many other asbestos products, the jury found that John Crane failed to establish that any other party was negligent and found John Crane 100% responsible for Mr. Voelker’s disease.

 

Ford v. Ferro Engineering, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA, May Term 2010 No. 2010;
Ihlenfeld v. Ferro Engineering, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA, June Term 2011 No. 236
McCann v. Ferro Engineering, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, PA, November Term 2012 No. 595

Date: May 20, 2014 – All three cases were tried concurrently
Practice Area:  Mesothelioma/Asbestos
Outcome:  Significant verdicts for Plaintiffs
Description: This consolidated trial involved three former steel mill workers who developed mesothelioma due to their exposure to asbestos from Ferro Hot Tops and other products. The jury found that Ferro Engineering was negligent, its hot top products were defective, and that the Plaintiffs’ exposure to the Ferro Hot Tops caused their mesotheliomas and deaths.

 

Pfeifer v. John Crane, Los Angeles Superior Court, No. BC416536

Date:  November 16, 2010
Practice Area:  Mesothelioma/Asbestos
Outcome:  Significant verdict for Plaintiff
Description: Bill Pfeifer contracted mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos products, including John Crane Gaskets and Packing. Plaintiffs proved that John Crane knew or should have known that asbestos was deadly for decades, but failed to take the proper precautions to protect Mr. Pfeifer. The jury found that John Crane was negligent, that its products were unreasonably dangerous, and that it failed to warn of asbestos-related dangers. The jury awarded substantial compensatory and punitive damages, and the case was affirmed on appeal by the California Court of Appeals.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member (2004 – Present)
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member (2004 – Present)
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, Member (2004 – Present)
I meet my clients under the most trying circumstances. In my product liability cases, many of my clients have been diagnosed with an incurable disease or have been told they’ll never recover from their injuries. My commercial clients are facing financial losses that could destroy their company. My clients come from all walks of life, but one thing unifies them all – their loss of life or livelihood was caused by the recklessness and/or greed of others. It is an honor to help them seek justice.
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