J.Y. is a thought leader in developing innovative approaches to solve his clients’ most complex business problems in matters of product liability and toxic tort litigation. As a trusted advisor for Fortune 500 companies in the petrochemical, oil, agricultural, and paints and coatings industries, he specializes in helping companies design and execute strategies to successfully manage risk and defeat threats in many of the United States’ most challenging jurisdictions. J.Y. combines his 20+ years of litigation experience with a keen appreciation of legal project management tools to deliver maximum value on the investment his clients make in each case.
J.Y. actively litigates cases nationwide, leading the defense in product liability and premises liability cases alleging personal injury from exposure to a broad range of substances, including solvents, benzene and asbestos. He has developed a deep understanding of scientific, medical and state-of-the-art issues that enable him to construct and present a comprehensive and compelling defense. J.Y. has also defended product liability claims involving industrial tools, construction equipment and consumer products and represented individuals and companies in commercial disputes, automobile accidents and property damage claims.
J.Y. has extensive experience as national and regional coordinating counsel, directing all aspects of litigation and preparing cases for trial. As coordinating counsel, J.Y. builds and leads teams to deliver collaborative, high-quality and efficient service. His novel approach and service model has a proven track record of success in helping clients manage risk, control costs and support their unique business objectives.
Before joining the firm, J.Y. served five years on active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. As a prosecutor and then as criminal defense counsel, J.Y. developed his trial advocacy skills trying numerous cases to verdict while stationed in Texas, Saudi Arabia, Georgia and Bosnia.