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Jenny A. Covington

Jenny A. Covington

Partner
Phone:612.672.3236
Fax:612.672.3200

Jenny Covington’s practice focuses on the defense of product liability, class action, mass tort, commercial litigation and intellectual property matters. She represents well-known medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers in high-profile claims, often involving catastrophic injury and wrongful death. She also has experience defending numerous automotive and consumer product manufacturers. Jenny has chaired four complex trials, assisted with other major product liability trials and defended numerous appeals.

Of her notable assignments, Jenny played a key role in the California JCCP infusion pump litigation, including a bellwether trial. She has defended Class I,  II and III medical device products such as infusion pumps and related products, implantable cardiac care devices, HA gels, mesh products, light source therapy devices, cryoablation therapy devices, blood product storage units and cold therapy units, to name a few. Part of her medical device practice also focuses on issues in general causation, specific causation, preemption and medication administration errors. Jenny’s undergraduate degree in Microbiology provides a strong foundation for this work.

Additionally, Jenny represents clients in matters regarding arbitration and mediation, as well as advising clients on how to avoid litigation and minimizing potential risk.

While attending law school, Jenny interned with Chief Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff and Judge John Corbett O'Meara, both judges serving at the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan. Prior to law school, she worked at the Department of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit as an Executive Research Assistant to the Chief Scientific Office.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2008
  • Wisconsin, 2011
  • California, 2004

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Wisconsin

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2004

    cum laude

    Moot Court

  • University of Michigan, B.S., 1998
    Major: Microbiology

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
      —Drug and Medical Device Committee; Social Media/Web Page Chair, 2014 – Present
    • Minnesota Women Lawyers
    • State Bar of California
    • State Bar of Minnesota

Distinctions

    • The Legal 500
      —Named in Litigation: Product Liability Defense, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, 2014
    • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
      —Outstanding Scholar Award
    • Silver Key Honor
    • George and Phyllis Googasian Award
      —Outstanding Work in Products Liability
    • Boaz Siegel Award
      —Outstanding Work in Labor and Employment Law
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Minnesota Rising Stars, 2010
      —Southern California Rising Stars, 2007

Recent Verdicts & Case Studies


CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • "Strategies for Defending Traumatic Brain Injury Claims," Co-Presenter, Client Seminar, June 2018
  • “Hot Off the Press: Emerging Issues," DRI Drug and Device Annual Seminar, May 2018
  • “Key Risk Considerations for Medical Device Suppliers," Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, March 2018
  • “Product Liability Risk Considerations for Medical Marijuana Industry," Association of Defense Counsel – Northern California & Nevada, December 2017
  • “3D Printed Pharmaceuticals and Devices—Assessing, Managing and Insuring Against Risk," Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, November 2016
  • "Preemption Update – What Medical Device Manufacturers Can Learn From Pharmaceuticals," Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Client Seminar, Co-Author, Minneapolis, MN, April 2013
  • "Don't Throw That Away! Why You Must Preserve Products Involved in Adverse Events," Medmarc Loss Control Webinar Series, March 2011 

Publications

  • "The 5 'PR's' of Product Preservation," Co-Author, Law 360, Product Liability and Health Sections, September 2011
  • "Early Choice of Law Analysis is Essential to Effective and Economic Litigation," The Whisper - Young Lawyer Committee Newsletter, December 2008
  • "The New CACI Jury Instructions - A View from the Trenches," Co-Authored with Mark V. Berry, Verdict Magazine, 3rd Quarter, 2005