Overview

Janelle L. Davis is a trial lawyer and trusted counselor in the firm's Dallas office, where she provides legal advice on a variety of issues related to legal ethics, professional responsibility and general civil litigation.

Ms. Davis has tried numerous jury cases, in both civil and criminal court, and she has advised clients on matters involving advertising, aviation, product liability and other complex commercial disputes, including class actions and regulatory compliance. Ms. Davis has extensive experience counseling clients on how to reduce legal risk and in managing litigation, including coordination with national and discovery counsel, expert witnesses and trial counsel.

Representative Experience

  • Provides advice regarding legality of claims made in advertising materials and on social media
  • Prepares model social media policy for company's handling of employee and consumer social media activity
  • Provides advice regarding contract terms to transactional attorneys during negotiation of loan agreements
  • Served as jurisdictional counsel managing large docket of cases in Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska for pharmaceutical company in national hormone therapy litigation
  • Represented a manufacturer in direct and indirect purchaser putative class actions and federal regulatory proceedings regarding an alleged conspiracy to fix prices
  • Represented food product manufacturer in multiple alleged nationwide and statewide class actions related to false and misleading advertising for various products
  • Negotiated favorable settlement of personal injury case against U.S. airline in case involving allegations of negligence in maintenance of airport jet bridge
  • Defended national men's footwear and accessories company against negligence, strict products liability and breach of warranty claims involving alleged injuries resulting from the wear of company's shoes
  • Handled research and briefing regarding recoverable damages in product liability case involving engine manufacturer; summary judgment obtained for manufacturer
  • Representation of medical device manufacturer in regional cases involving mesh products
  • Representation of pharmaceutical company in national hormone therapy litigation
  • Obtained defense verdict in representation of major U.S. air carrier in federal court jury trial arising out of wrongful death claim brought by family of decedent

Credentials

Education
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Texas Christian University, B.S., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
Memberships
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Products Liability Litigation Committee; Young Lawyers Subcommittee, Co-Chair; Women in Products Liability Subcommittee, Co-Chair; Women in Products Liability Subcommittee, Regional CLE Program Co-Chair, 2015; Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Aviation and Space Law Committee
  • DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, Aviation, Product Liability and Drug and Medical Device Committees, Member; Women in the Law Liaison to Drug and Medical Device Committee; Young Lawyer Liaison to Drug and Medical Device Committee; Drug & Medical Device New Member Orientation Subcommittee; Drug and Medical Device Community Subcommittee
  • Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL); DAYL Fellow; DAYL Leadership Class, 2008
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Webinar, In-House and Law Firm Management Committee, Co-Vice Chair; Communications, Product Liability Committee, Vice Chair; 2017 Midyear Meeting CLE Steering Committee, Member; Trial Academy Participant, 2014
  • Dallas District Attorney's Office Lawyer on Loan Program, 2010
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Foundation for Women & Girls with Blood Disorders, Board Member, 2014-2019
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Barrister, 2016-2019; Associate, 2010-2011
Honors & Awards
  • Top 50 Texas Women Up-and-Coming Attorneys, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2017
  • Top 100 Texas Up-and-Coming Attorneys, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2017
  • Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, Business Litigation; Personal Injury - Products: Defense, 2013-2017

Publications

Speaking Engagements