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Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • Hampton University, M.B.A., magna cum laude
  • Hampton University, B.S., summa cum laude

Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Jessica D. Gilbert

Associate
Washington, D.C.
jgilbert@crowell.com
Phone: + 1 202.624.2582
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Jessica D. Gilbert is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office, where she is a member of the firm’s Mass Torts, Product and Consumer Litigation group.

Her practice focuses on product liability and safety issues, within the domain of the CPSC as well as medical industry mass torts. In her CPSC-related work, Jessica provides litigation defense and counseling for product liability and safety issues. Her clients include manufacturers, distributors, and online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Jessica’s work on behalf of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers includes coordinating all aspects of litigation defense for product liability lawsuits, including drafting motions and briefs, deposition witness preparation, and composing discovery responses,.

By approaching each product safety issue with the understanding that every situation is different, despite how similar two matters look on paper, Jessica has become adept at determining the most appropriate response to each client’s individual situation. For clients who are contending with consumer product safety statutes, regulations and standards, Jessica provides advice on reporting obligations, recalls, product safety investigations, and consumer reports filed on the CPSC’s safer products database. She also provides clients with guidance on handling civil penalties and FOIA requests. As more food industry companies have encountered legal needs related to Prop 65, Jessica has expanded her practice to address this area of compliance. A natural teacher, Jessica also leads internal compliance programs and trainings.

Jessica is an active participant in Crowell & Moring’s tutoring partnership with the Thurgood Marshall Academy, a D.C. public charter school and the first law-themed school in D.C.

Jessica received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a Dillard scholar and served as the Business Manager for the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law. She earned her B.S., summa cum laude, as well as her M.B.A, magna cum laude, from Hampton University.

Representative Engagements

  • Defending a Fortune 500 health care services company in mass tort product liability claims throughout the U.S.
  • Representing an oil company as national litigation counsel, in federal court in the Southern District of New York, in numerous MTBE cases in which private water companies, public water utilities, and state agencies allege that MTBE is a defective and unreasonably dangerous product that has contaminated public drinking water supplies in New York, New Hampshire, and several other states.
  • Assisted a transportation services company with crisis management and product liability safety concerns related to an investigation into battery fires in its products.
  • Counseled and defended a bakery foods producer client regarding the Proposition 65 Notice of Violation alleging the toxic chemical Acrylamide in their bread.
  • Counseled an online retailer and a technology company regarding regulations applicable to private label products and ensuring compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Act, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, and the Federal Hazardous Substances Act


Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia



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