Jonathan M. Lively is a proven trial lawyer in the firm’s Litigation practice group and member of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) working group. He regularly defends product manufacturers and premises owners who face litigation in toxic tort (asbestos/talc), environmental, products liability, professional liability, transportation, and other civil matters.
Acting as both national trial counsel and primary local counsel for various clients, I regularly appear in courts across the country. My two decades of experience allows me to oversee all aspects of the litigation process for thousands of matters in jurisdictions across the country every year. I develop and implement defense strategies, prepare matters for trial, negotiate settlements when appropriate, try cases, and seek and secure dismissals when feasible. Clients rely on me to grasp the big picture and develop a national approach to the litigations in which they are embroiled, and to efficiently identify key issues and determine the optimal strategy for individual case management and resolution, whether that be aggressive workup from inception to verdict or an early resolution.
Medical devices & equipment, personal protective equipment, industrial & residential boilers, fluid & gas sealing systems, automobiles, children’s car seats, raw materials and televisions are a few examples of the products I defend in personal injury and property damage matters.
Owners and operators of heavy industrial and retail facilities have utilized me to defend catastrophic accidents, environmental issues, and personal injury matters arising from operations on their premises.
Many corporations utilize arbitration as an efficient way to resolve contract disputes with their business partners. My experience negotiating resolutions and trying cases in court rooms blends effectually in this arena. I assist healthcare companies, manufacturers and investors choosing to resolve their differences through arbitration.
Product manufacturers and premises owners continue to face challenges posed by an ever-increasingly litigious society. Novel lawsuits pertaining to climate change, talc powder, and PFAS are filed at an alarming rate. Even mature litigations, such as asbestos, continue to evolve as scientific theories develop, the pool of plaintiffs and solvent defendants changes, and new liability and defense theories are identified. Companies affected by these litigations must determine an effective global strategy from the outset to manage these risks before they become generations-long mass torts.
Before joining Nixon Peabody in February 2020, Jon was a partner at a U.S.-based litigation firm headquartered in Chicago.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
Kalamazoo College, B.A., Economics and Public Policy
Washington College of Law, American University, J.D.
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