Kirk C. Jenkins

jenkins_kirk_portKirk C. Jenkins chairs Sedgwick’s Appellate Task Force. Mr. Jenkins has maintained an exclusively appellate practice for the past twenty years, serving as lead appellate counsel in over 200 appeals and interlocutory petitions in state and Federal courts across the country.

Mr. Jenkins has successfully represented clients in complex litigation in a variety of industries, including public utilities; automotive; construction and mining equipment; food manufacturing; electronic components and pharmaceuticals.  He has litigated a broad range of issues, including Federal preemption; electrocution injuries; failure to warn and design defect; the admissibility of economic testimony; price-fixing and essential facilities; groundwater contamination; primary and exclusive administrative jurisdiction; alleged asbestos exposure; the extraterritorial application of Federal and state law, and the certification and decertification of consumer class actions.  He frequently writes for publication and is quoted by the press about emerging issues in appellate business litigation and the dynamics of appellate courts.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice, concentrating in matters of:
    • Mass Tort
    • Automotive
    • Food Manufacturing
    • Heavy Equipment
    • Pharmaceutical
    • Environmental Law

Professional Associations

  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2018 editions, field of appellate law
  • Member, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers (by election)
  • Member, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers (by election) – Elected Secretary-Treasurer, 2017
  • Member, American Law Institute (by election)
    • Members Consultative Group, Project on Sexual & Gender-Based Misconduct on Campus
    • Members Consultative Group, Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance
    • Members Consultative Group, Restatement (Third): The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration
    • Members Consultative Group, Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Economic Loss
    • Members Consultative Group, Restatement (Third) of Torts: Intentional Torts to Persons
  • Selected for inclusion in Benchmark Appellate Litigation, 2012-2013 editions, as an Appellate Litigation Star in the Seventh Circuit
  • ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D. 1986, cum laude
  • Harvard College, A.B. 1983, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • California
  • District of Columbia (inactive status)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Federal, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th Circuits

Douglas J. Collodel

collodel_doug_portLos Angeles-based attorney Douglas J. Collodel has broad experience working with major corporations and public entities, handling civil litigation matters in state and federal courts. He concentrates his practice on all aspects of appellate law, and has been certified by The State Bar of California Office of Legal Specialization as an Appellate Law Specialist.

Mr. Collodel has briefed and argued numerous cases involving, among other issues, healthcare matters, federal preemption issues, constitutional questions, civil rights violations, government tort claims, business torts, insurance coverage, and general liability disputes. He has participated in proceedings before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, California Supreme Court and California Court of Appeal, and has more than thirty published decisions.

Practice Areas

  • Healthcare
  • Constitutional Law
  • Product Liability

Professional Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (including Appellate Courts and Appellate Election Evaluations Committees)
  • Defense Research Institute (including Appellate Advocacy Committee)
  • Italian-American Lawyers Association (including service as president in 2000)
  • Notre Dame Monogram Club

Education

  • University of Notre Dame, A.B. (1980)
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D. (1983)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the 9th and 10th Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts

Hall R. Marston

marston_hall_portWith over 30 years of front-line litigation experience, Hall R. Marston brings a deep and diverse range of skills to the service of the firm’s clients. With over 100 appellate matters, 22 jury trials and more than 30 published opinions which have molded significant elements of the nation’s jurisprudence, Mr. Marston’s practice encompasses a broad sweep of general civil litigation, including products liability, professional liability and healthcare, employment, complex business litigation, corporate and partnership disputes, surety and insurance coverage disputes. As a Certified Appellate Specialist, by the California State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Marston continues to help shape decisional authority in a wide array of practice areas.

From the outset of his practice to the present, Mr. Marston has had the privilege of participating in some of the major episodes of mass tort litigation regarding pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He has represented defendants in the diethylstilbestrol (“DES”), Dalkon Shield, DPT and polio vaccine, TMJ Teflon implant, Bendectin, and breast implant litigation. In this field, Mr. Marston has had perhaps the most impact in developing the law before the nation’s appellate courts in this challenging environment for manufacturers and distributors.

Mr. Marston has also represented the defense in mass tort litigation involving tobacco (including a published California appellate opinion on the controversial limitations/revival statute), asbestos, benzene exposure litigation, as well handling suits involving heavy machinery, hand held small tools, and environmental contamination. After preparing a summary judgment motion for a manufacturer of a wood-working table router on the grounds of post-sale modifications, the plaintiff accepted a settlement from Mr. Marston’s client of less than one tenth of further costs of defense.

Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Drug & Medical Device/Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Healthcare
  • Commercial and Complex Litigation

Professional Associations

  • Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, The State Bar of California Office of Legal Specialization
  • Member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Appellate Courts Committee, and the America Business Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Defense Research Institute
  • Voted by his peers, yearly since 2005 , as a “Southern California Super Lawyer,” Los Angeles Magazine

Education

  • J.D. (1977) UCLA School of Law
  • A.B. (1974) Occidental College, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 2nd, 5th, 9th and 11th Circuits
  • United States District Courts for the Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts

Erin E. Dardis

dardis_erin_portErin E. Dardis is an attorney in the firm’s Miami office. She focuses on commercial and insurance litigation, medical malpractice defense, trial support, and appellate matters.

 

 

Practice Areas

  • Appellate

Professional Associations

  • Dade County Bar Association

Education

  • J.D. (1995) Syracuse University College of Law
  • B.A. (1992) Syracuse University

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Washington