Jamie Carroll has tried lawsuits from Texas to Georgia; he is a member of the bars of Georgia, the District of Columbia, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and federal courts in the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia.  Jamie has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in state and federal courts in more than two dozen states, and his applications for admission to practice in New York and Tennessee are pending.  Over the past two decades, he has spent much of his time serving as national coordinating counsel and national trial counsel in high-profile, high-risk litigation involving products as disparate as medical devices, cell phones, window blinds, asbestos, and automobiles.  Jamie was formerly with King & Spalding, an international firm of more than 900 lawyers, where he served as an equity partner; he practiced there for almost 20 years — beginning his career with Alston & Bird, another highly respected firm — before founding his own firm.

Some of Jamie’s current responsibilities include serving as:

■  National counsel for both an international standards-setting organization and two national trade associations involved in multi-district litigation, class actions, mass actions and individual cases alleging various theories — from wrongful death to consumer fraud to conspiracy — regarding numerous products associated with the groups.

■  National counsel for one of the largest distributors of medical devices in the U.S.  He is defending the company in actions across the country which alleges its products caused serious injury or death.

■  Regulatory counsel for clients involved in proceedings before the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) concerning safety standards, ongoing and completed recalls, and accident investigations.

■  Serving as trial counsel for one of the largest U.S. producers of window coverings.  The company is currently involved in a number of wrongful death cases involving children.

Some recently concluded matters for which Jamie had significant responsibility include:

■  Representing a Fortune 100 manufacturer in a proceeding before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which sought to force the recall of more than 105 million of its products.  Written submissions to the federal government on behalf of our client totaled more than 34,000 pages.  After reviewing this material over an eight-month period, the responsible federal agency determined there was no evidence of defect and denied the recall petition.

■  Counsel for a Fortune 100 company in a multi-year matter – a saga lasting more than 15 years — alleging discovery fraud and waiver of the attorney-client privilege.  The case was tried to a verdict and appealed in state court, then renewed in federal court, and was before a federal appellate court on an interlocutory issue before being transferred to a federal bankruptcy judge, where it currently pends.

■  Serving as national counsel for a client sued in more than 300 cases, many alleging wrongful death, following the company’s recall of more than a dozen of its products.  While dealing with public criticism from a federal agency and a nationally prominent teaching hospital — and concurrently with negative press coverage in a leading medical journal and The Wall Street Journal — Mr. Carroll was able to resolve nearly the entire docket of cases in less than two years.  Dozens of the cases resulted in “no pay” dismissals because of strong motions practice, and the remainder were resolved at values acceptable to the client and its carriers.  The litigation ended sooner — and cost less — than anticipated by the client.

■  Serving as national coordinating counsel for two Fortune 100 companies which entered a joint defense agreement to defend against more than 85,000 mass tort claims. Mr. Carroll also served those clients both as national motions counsel and as trial counsel; for one of the two clients, he also simultaneously served as coordinating counsel in three other, related national litigation programs.  Over the course of this six-year engagement, settlement costs were reduced by more than half, and the backlog of cases was pared even more.

Recent trials and appeals include:

■  Trying a multi-week product liability case, pending in Georgia state court, to a defense verdict.

■  Appealing and winning a complete reversal from the Alabama Supreme Court of a nine-figure plaintiffs’ verdict; Mr. Carroll also served as one of the trial counsel.

■  Trying a multi-week negligence case, venued in federal district court, to a defense verdict.

■  Trying a multi-week wrongful death case and receiving from plaintiffs’ counsel — the day before closings were to begin — a stipulation of dismissal.

■  Obtaining a directed verdict during trial from a federal district court on a Daubert motion made on behalf of a Fortune 500 manufacturer whose product allegedly caused cancer.  Appellants dismissed their case after oral argument in the Eleventh Circuit.

A native of Montezuma, Georgia, Mr. Carroll graduated from Princeton University in 1983, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English.  After college, Jamie served as a Captain in the U.S. Army:  commissioned as a Field Artillery officer, he was awarded the Parachutist’s Badge, Army Commendation Medal, and Army Service Ribbon; he also obtained a master’s degree in English while on active duty.  Mr. Carroll then earned his law degree in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Comparative Labor Law Journal and as the Clayton R. Louderbeck Memorial Legal Writing Instructor.  He continued to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, both while in law school and for five years after he began to practice.

Mr. Carroll is a member of the ABA’s litigation and tort practice sections, the Defense Research Institute, and the American, Georgia, District of Columbia, and Atlanta Bar Associations.  He has served the bar as a member of the ABA’s Book Publishing Board and as a staff writer for Litigation News.  Jamie currently serves on the Board of the Friends of Princeton ROTC and on the Graduate Board of the University Cottage Club.  Mr. Carroll just completed his third term on the Executive Committee of Princeton University’s Alumni Council, where he served for two years as Chair of its Committee on Regional Associations.  He has served on numerous civic and arts boards in Atlanta, including WABE, Atlanta’s National Public Radio affiliate; the Boys and Girls Clubs of America; the Center for Puppetry Arts; Druid Hills Youth Sports; and Theater Gael.  Jamie teaches Sunday School at Trinity Presbyterian Church and continues to serve as a youth sports coach.  He is married to a classmate from law school; they have two teenaged sons and a daughter.

Publications, Presentations, and Speaking Engagements:

■  Product Liability Cases and the Duty to Warn: A 50 State Compendium, published by the Defense Research Institute (2d ed., scheduled for 2012 release) – authored chapter on Georgia with Michael Weiss and Stephanie Biddle; served as regional editor.

■  “The Use of Voluntary Standards in Litigation,” ANSI’s “Standards Wars” conference (May 12, 2011) – presentation.

■  “Alternative Legal Fee Programs,“ HB Litigation teleconference (November 18, 2010) – presentation.

■  “Striking Back Against Peremptory Strikes,” ABA Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Newsletter, Jameson B. Carroll, William A. Fixel, William Meyer, Laura Gary  (Spring 2010) – article.

■  “The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008: Improved or Not, More Changes are Expected,” ThomsonReuters teleconference (April 8, 2010) – presentation and paper.

■  “How Mohawk Will Affect Litigation,” Law 360: The Newswire for Business Lawyers, Jameson B. Carroll, Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, William A. Fixel, Gregory C. Sicilian (February 4, 2010) – article.

■  “The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008,” ANSI National Congress, Legal Issues Forum (October 6, 2009) – presentation.

■  “Ethical Issues in the Settlement of Asbestos Matters with Multiple Parties,” HBLC National Asbestos Litigation Conference (September 25, 2009) – presentation.

■  “Attorney Client Privilege in Class Actions,” LexisNexis teleconference (March 5, 2008) – presentation.

■  Product Liability Cases and the Duty to Warn: A 50 State Compendium, published by Defense Research Institute (1st ed. 2007) – authored chapter; served as regional editor.

■  “Voluntary CPSC Standards: A Defense Lawyer’s Perspective,” ANSI National Congress Legal Issues Forum (October 17, 2007) – presentation.

■  “Ethical Issues for Defense Lawyers,” Mealey’s National Asbestos Litigation Conference (September 27, 2007) – presentation.

■  “Attorney Client Privilege in Mass Torts and Class Actions,” LexisNexis teleconference (March 13, 2007) – presentation.

■  “Sanctions for Spoliation of Evidence,” Georgia Product Liability Institute (December 13, 2002) – presentation.

■  “Mold Cases: Coverage and Issues for Defense Counsel,” Mealey’s Mold Litigation Conference (November 1, 2002) – presentation.

■  “Ethics, Professional Liability, Fees: Three ‘Third Rails,’” Mealey’s Class Action Conference (July 31, 2002) – presentation and paper; paper subsequently published in Mealey’s Significant Seminar Papers of 2002.