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Phyllis Jones
Phyllis A. Jones
Washington +1 202 662 5868 Download V-card

Phyllis Jones is a partner in Covington’s Litigation Practice.  Her practice focuses on matters involving the complex legal issues facing the firm’s pharmaceutical and healthcare clients.  Ms. Jones has a wide-ranging litigation practice with a particular emphasis on the representation of pharmaceutical clients in mass tort proceedings, including at trial.  She has represented clients in state and federal courts and before arbitral panels and regulatory bodies.

  • Trial counsel to Lilly in three back-to-back-back victories in product liability suits involving the medicine Cymbalta.
  • Defense of Boehringer Ingelheim in federal MDL and related state proceedings in Pradaxa litigation.
  • Defense of Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc. in mass tort litigation involving the medication Accutane, including as a member of two trial teams.
  • Defense of pharmaceutical client in False Claims Act litigation involving claims by the Department of Justice and multiple state parties.
  • Defense of pharmaceutical manufacturer in federal district court suit involving claims of RICO violations, fraud, and copyright infringement.   
  • Representation of Genentech in first-of-its-kind hearing before the FDA on the withdrawal of the metastatic breast cancer indication for Avastin®.
  • Second-chaired a proceeding before a panel of the American Arbitration Association on behalf of a healthcare client asserting claims against former business partner.
  • Representation of pharmaceutical manufacturer in putative class action suit pending in federal district court involving claims of product liability and consumer fraud.
  • Representation of The Gillette Company in environmental insurance coverage action in Massachusetts state court.
  • Secured summary judgment on behalf of George Mason University on sexual harassment and sex discrimination claims pending in federal district court.
  • Representation of Bank of America and UBS Financial Services, Inc. in putative class actions in federal district court involving claims of employment discrimination based on race.
  • Advice to Sodexo, Inc. on diversity best practices and programming in connection with oversight of consent decree entered in race discrimination class action.
  • Advice on federal and state employment law issues arising from $41 billion merger in the pharmaceutical industry.

Pro Bono

  • Defense of individual charged with second-degree murder and witness tampering in month-long jury trial in federal district court.
  • Favorably resolved suit filed in federal district court raising federal constitutional and state tort claims arising out of the improper use of force by a public school employee.
  • Advice to various non-profit organizations on employment law matters.
  • The AmLaw Litigation Daily, "Litigator of the Week" (5/11/2018) 
  • Chambers USA “Up and Coming” in Product Liability & Mass Torts (2016)
  • The American Lawyer Litigation Department of the Year: Product Liability” (2016)
  • Law360Product Liability MVP (2015) 
  • Law360, Rising Stars - Product Liability (2014)
  • Legal 500 US, Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices (2015-2017)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers, Products: Defense "Rising Star" (2014-2015)