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Jennifer H. Rankin

Senior Associate

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T (714) 634-2522
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Overview

Jennifer Rankin’s practice focuses on toxic tort defense and environmental litigation involving exposure to asbestos and a variety of other materials and chemicals, with an emphasis on product and premises liability. Jennifer has successfully represented manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and contractors in multiple-party complex litigation, and she participates in all aspects of case management, discovery, law and motion, and trial preparation. She also assists on trials, and she served as second-chair during the lengthy trial of an asbestos cancer case that ultimately resulted in a defense verdict for the client. Jennifer also has experience in federal litigation and is admitted to practice in the Central and Southern Districts of the United States District Court for the State of California.

Representative Successes
  • Served as second-chair at trial and successfully secured a defense verdict on behalf of a large manufacturer of joint compound products in an asbestos mesothelioma case.
  • Successfully obtained summary adjudication on behalf of a valve manufacturer with respect to plaintiff’s claim under the California Superfund Act (Hazardous Substances Account Act) in a complex groundwater contamination case.
  • Secured a dismissal for a large supplier of construction-related materials in an asbestos-related personal injury mesothelioma case. During the deposition of the plaintiff’s primary product identification witness, the deponent recanted his prior testimony that implicated the supplier during cross-examination.
  • Secured a dismissal for a large retailer of construction products in its first and only asbestos-related lawsuit (wrongful death lung cancer case) without having to respond to discovery or produce a corporate representative for deposition.
Industry Involvement

Recognitions/Awards:

  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Environmental Law, Fall 2002

Speaking Engagements:

  • Bartnicki v. Vopper: Another Media Victory or Ominous Warning of a Potential Change in Supreme Court First Amendment Jurisprudence? (30 Pepp. L. Rev. 367 (2003))
Beyond the Office

In law school Jennifer was the Literary & Citation Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review. She was on the Dean’s List and graduated within the top five percent of her class.

Jennifer is a movie buff and collector of classic horror films and movie memorabilia. She enjoys listening to loud rock music, volunteering at animal shelters and spending time with her husband and their cats. She also loves all things related to real estate.

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