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Jonathan E. Hall

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Jonathan Hall is a partner in the firm’s Professional Negligence & Product Liability Defense group, where he brings extensive trial experience representing clients in far ranging areas of litigation. He concentrates his practice, however, on defending clients against claims of catastrophic injury and death due to allegedly defective or unreasonably dangerous products, due to alleged medical negligence, nursing home liability, trucking accidents, and mass torts. He has tried lawsuits in state and federal courts across North Carolina, having taken close to 75 cases to jury verdict over the course of his career, all in civil courts.

Jonathan is one of seven kids. He spent most of his developmental and college years playing sports, and he loves to be around people. His practice has been shaped by building personal relationships with clients over the years, earning their trust through practical and pragmatic advice, paired with a willingness and determination to take cases to trial when they can’t be settled in the client’s best interests.

He specializes in representing manufacturers and retailers of products and components for industrial equipment, durable medical equipment, children’s toys, automobiles and trucking. He has handled electrical contact and fire cases, and he works extensively with expert witnesses in various fields. He has also tried cases involving commercial disputes, employment practices, breach of contract, insurance coverage issues, legal malpractice, automobile accidents and premises liability. 

Jonathan counsels clients on defense strategies to minimize liability exposure. He has advised clients and coordinated emergency accident reconstruction response in the aftermath of catastrophic incidents.

Additionally, he provides counsel to insurance carriers on coverage issues and liability suits arising out of both personal and commercial lines policies, and he defends carriers against bad faith suits. He understands the layers of exposure and the competing interests of primary and excess liability carriers, and he frequently offers counsel and advice to corporate clients related to significant self-retained limits.

Featured Experience

  • Tried dozens of cases to jury verdicts
  • An entire career defending against injury and death claims
  • Extensive work with expert witnesses in medicine and engineering
  • Medical and legal malpractice defense
  • Electrical contact and fire cases
  • Vast experience with alternative dispute resolution

Representative Matters

  • Estate of Miller v. Invacare Corporation – Obtained defense verdict in products liability action brought against manufacturer of self-propelled electric wheelchair which was alleged to have developed a short circuit in its wiring, resulting in a flash fire which took the life of the chair’s user, a 70-year-old woman who lived alone. Defendant overcame graphic, emotional testimony of responding firefighters and well-choreographed adverse expert opinions to convince the jury that the product was free from defects and likely did not cause the fire.
  • Confidential plaintiff v. Eli Lilly - Defended pharmaceutical company in lawsuit related to claims of suicide caused by prescription anti-depressant. Obtained voluntary dismissal after limited discovery.
  • Hopper v. Werner Co. – Obtained defense verdict in products liability action against the world’s largest manufacturer of climbing products. Plaintiffs alleged that a 28-foot extension ladder contained a manufacturing defect which caused one of the ladder’s side rails to fail under a load, resulting in serious injuries to a father and son who were using the ladder to clear tree branches from an overhead power line which spanned their property.
  • BCJ Trucking v. PACCAR, Inc. – Obtained dismissal on behalf of a manufacturer of 30 tractor trailer trucks in multimillion-dollar case alleging defects in the design and manufacture of diesel fuel emissions control systems.
  • Pfirman v. Invacare Corporation – Obtained dismissal on behalf of a bedrail manufacturer in a bedrail entrapment case where Plaintiff’s family member perished as a result of strangulation after nursing home staff improperly attempted to use bedrails as a patient restraint.

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Litigation – Insurance, 2016-2017
  • Martindale Hubbell peer review AV rated lawyer
  • Named one of top 11 products liability lawyers in the country, 2013 BTI Client Services Group
  • Invacare Corporation, Outside Counsel of the Year, 2010

Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute, Vice Chairman, Trial Techniques & Technology Specialized Litigation Group; Member, Products Liability Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Member
  • Wake County Bar Association, Member
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Member