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Jennifer L. Mesko

Counsel
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.4579 | F 216.592.5009
overview

Jennifer Mesko is an experienced litigator who represents businesses in complex civil litigation throughout the United States.

She focuses her practice on class actions in a variety of areas, including securities fraud, consumer claims, and warranty and product liability litigation, as well as insurance coverage and commercial disputes.

Jenn also briefs legal issues in trial and appellate courts across the country, including innovative preemption and jurisdictional arguments for pharmaceutical and medical device companies against product liability and personal injury claims.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jenn and her family are proud Cleveland transplants. In her spare time, Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, running with her Rhodesian Ridgeback, and competing in triathlons.

education & admissions

education

  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2011); Order of the Coif; Case Western Reserve Law Review, Editor-in-Chief; Dunmore Moot Court Competition, Winner; Emmerich de Vattel International Human Rights Scholarship; Clinton & Margaret DeWitt Scholarship; School of Law Leadership Award
  • Wheaton College (B.A., 2004)

state admissions

  • Ohio, 2011

federal admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
experience

Representative Matters

  • Obtained dismissal and favorable settlement without payment by client of a class action against a leading ecommerce subscription service in a nationwide class action alleging breach of contract, fraud, RICO, and violation of state consumer protection statute claims
  • Defend law firm in a securities fraud and professional negligence class action
  • Represent a leading manufacturer of flushable wipes in class actions alleging violations of various consumer statutes and breach of warranty and seeking national injunctive relief
  • Defend a cat litter manufacturer in a nationwide consumer class action alleging violations of consumer statutes, breach of warranty, unjust enrichment, and negligent misrepresentation claims
  • Represented major insurance carriers in sophisticated coverage litigation arising out of interpretations of CGL and specialty policies, including cases with bad faith allegations
  • Obtained dismissals in numerous insurance coverage matters as the result of dispositive briefing
  • Obtained voluntary dismissal of a class action litigation involving an insurance carrier in state court
  • Secured numerous dismissals of state-law claims against a generic prescription drug manufacturer as impliedly preempted by federal law
publications & events

Speaking Engagements

  • "Rule 23(c)(4) Issue Certification: Reconciling the Conflict with Rule 23(b)(3)'s Predominance Requirement," co-presented at a national Strafford webinar (November 2017)
  • "Food Contamination and Coverage Issues," co-presented at the CMBA Insurance Law Section Seminar "Hot Topics in Commercial General Liability Insurance," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (June 2016)
  • "Case Law Update: New Developments in Ohio Bad Faith Law," co-presented at the CMBA Insurance Law Spring Seminar "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Ohio Insurance Bad Faith Law 2015," Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland, Ohio (May 2015)

Publications

honors

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars® (2017)
affiliations
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Class Actions and Derivative Suits Section, Leadership Committee
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • START (Support to At-Risk Teens), Board Member
  • John Hay Mock Trial Program