Jennifer D. Leblanc
Shareholder

Email: jleblanc@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3343

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

Bringing two decades of diverse litigation experience and insight to her practice, Jennifer LeBlanc represents businesses, insurance companies, and individuals in commercial and personal injury matters. She focuses on civil and business litigation, including personal injury, products liability, premises liability, and commercial disputes.

Jennifer is well-versed in the complex issues and regulatory frameworks that are central to the effective representation of medical device manufacturers and designers, and also defends healthcare professionals, both in court and before administrative agencies.

Repeatedly included on the Texas Rising Stars list for her accomplishments in Civil Litigation Defense, Jennifer has a long track record of obtaining dismissals and summary judgments before trial, and has demonstrated her powerful advocacy skills in courtrooms at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts.

Jennifer earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston and her bachelor’s degree in business administration with highest honors from the University of Texas. Her passion for trial advocacy is demonstrated through her active involvement in numerous professional organizations and her participation in the Mock Trial Committee and the Community Involvement Committee of the Dallas Bar Association.

Jennifer is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas.

Representative Experience

  • Sustained the granting of a Motion for Summary Judgment on behalf of a medical device manufacturer in a wrongful death personal injury law suit. Lawrence Bailey, Appellant vs. Respironics, Inc. and Respironics Colorado, Inc., Appellees.
  • Obtained dismissal for a pharmaceutical manufacturer defendant, in which the plaintiff claimed personal injuries, after 21⁄2 years of litigation
  • Won an appeal from the Court of Appeals of Texas, Fifth District, Dallas on behalf of an orthopedic surgeon accused of negligence during surgery.
  • Obtained defense verdict for durable medical supply company in bench trial in Tarrant County.
  • Obtained summary judgment for medical device manufacturer in wrongful death litigation involving claims of negligence and defective design, manufacturing and marketing.
  • Achieved dismissal of Fortune 500 medical device manufacturer in wrongful death products liability lawsuit in North Carolina.
  • Obtained summary judgment for product manufacturer in Texas asbestos litigation.
  • Obtained dismissal in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, for medical device manufacturer in wrongful death products liability lawsuit on claims of negligence and defective design, manufacturing and marketing.
  • Achieved dismissal of product manufacturer for nuisance settlement in case involving allegations of defective design, manufacturing and marketing.
  • Obtained dismissal of corporation which allegedly distributed benzene after filing motion for summary judgment in wrongful death action involving claims of strict products liability, negligence, and gross negligence.
  • Achieved dismissal of product manufacturer for nuisance settlement in multiple-plaintiff wrongful death lawsuit involving claims that products were defectively designed, manufactured and marketed.
  • Won appeal for dental college and oral surgeon. Plaintiff sued an oral surgeon and dental college under the Texas Tort Claim Act, for alleged injuries sustained during a surgical procedure conducted at the college by the oral surgeon. Trial court found there was no evidence the oral surgeon’s use or misuse of equipment and instruments caused plaintiff’s alleged injuries. The Tenth Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s orders, dismissing the oral surgeon and granting the dental college’s motion for summary judgment based on sovereign immunity. Miers v. Texas A&M Univ. Sys. Health Science Ctr., 311 S.W.3d 577, No. 10-08-00183-CV (Tex. App.–Waco, December 30, 2009, no pet.).  More …
  • Represented multiple automobile dealerships involving claims of commercial disputes, Finance Code violations, Deceptive Trade Practices Act violations, fraud and personal injuries.
  • Obtained dismissal for corporation after filing motion for summary judgment in complex wrongful death case involving allegations of negligence and gross negligence.
  • Achieved multiple dismissals of healthcare providers and professionals in complex medical malpractice litigation, including wrongful death and catastrophic personal injuries.
  • Obtained a dismissal of a publicly traded defendant that allegedly distributed the chemicals including benzene, Harrison County, Texas
  • Obtained a summary judgment for the manufacturer of a Spinal Implant, Class III, Medical Device. The plaintiff had made allegations that the product was defectively designed, manufactured and marketed. Harris County, Texas
  • On appeal with oral argument, successfully defended jury verdict in favor of dentist alleged to have negligently caused injury to patient plaintiff. Ward v. Peet No. 05-06-01029-CV, 2007 Tex. App. LEXIS 8947 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2007, no pet.) (mem. op.)
  • Successfully defended dentist against malpractice suit in which plaintiff sought damages for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment, and disfigurement. Jury found dentist not negligent and the plaintiff negligent.
  • Won unanimous defense verdict in favor of a dentist and a dental clinic in a dental malpractice lawsuit. Plaintiff alleged dentist dislocated her jaw during a crown replacement and asserted that as a result of the dentist’s treatment, she suffered from temporomandibular joint disorders, migraine headaches, hearing loss, vision difficulties, nerve compression syndrome, and numerous other complaints.
  • Successfully defended dentist against suit in which plaintiff sought damages for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment. After a very contentious trial, the jury unanimously found the dentist not negligent and the plaintiff negligent.
  • Successfully defended dentist against medical malpractice suit brought by plaintiff seeking damages for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost wages, and physical impairment. Jury unanimously found doctor not negligent and plaintiff negligent.
  • Successfully defended dentist against suit in which plaintiff sought damages for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and disfigurement and plaintiff’s husband sought damages for loss of consortium. Jury unanimously found doctor not negligent.
  • Achieved numerous dismissals of medical malpractice and product liability defendants through summary judgments and motions to dismiss.

Professional Affiliations

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute

Honors and Recognitions

  • AV Rated, a Martindale Peer Reviewed Rating
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, published by Texas Monthly Magazine, Civil Litigation Defense, 2006, 2008–2011

Publications and Presentations

Rise of the machines: Texas Products Liability

April, 2019

Personal Injury Damages

April, 2019

Advancing your case through motion practice

April, 2019

Got the winter claims blues? Texas claims and slip and falls,

February, 2017

Sexual Assault Survivors Guide – Contributor

January, 2017

Builder’s Risk Insurance: Utilizing Builder’s Risk Policies to Help Settle Construction Defect Cases, June 2016

June, 2016

• Builder’s Risk Insurance: Utilizing Builder’s Risk Policies to Help Settle Construction Defect Cases, coauthored May, 2016 Eagles International Associates

May, 2016

Liens: Do I really need to pay this? Again? (Co-author with Paul W. Bennett)

April, 2016

Texas Supreme Court Update (Co-authored with Doug Fletcher)

January, 2016

Texas evidence flashcards (co-author)

January, 2016

Arbitration: Do You Really Want It?, HR Southwest Conference, November 2015

November, 2015

Proposed Regulations Clarify the Meaning of a Safe Drilling Margin in the OCS, Offshore Magazine

July, 2015

The Macondo Litigation in a Nutshell, LOGA Industry Report

June, 2015

BP Oil Spill Lessons Learned, Energy Executive

April, 2015

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Document Preservation Notice May Violate SOX, HCCA – Compliance Today, June 2015

March, 2015

Pregnant Pause: U.S. Supreme Court Reinstates Pregnancy Discrimination Suit Against UPS, March 31, 2015

March, 2015

Social Media in Claims and Litigation

January, 2015

Mandatory E-Filing Has Arrived (Again): Tips and Traps for the Unwary, Jefferson County Bar Journal, Summer 2014 Received Stars of Texas Bars Award for Best News Article

January, 2015

Overview of Construction Law and Risk Management for Subcontractors

January, 2014

The Michael Morton Act: What prosecutors and defense attorneys need to know

October, 2013

Served as Moderator for Appellate Law seminar, Jefferson County Bar Association

January, 2013

Construction/Real Property Defense and Damage Analysis

January, 2013

Presented Legislative Update: HB274 at annual NAIW conference

May, 2012

Federal Ban on Hand-Held Mobile Telephone Use: Implications for Commercial Motor Vehicles, co-authored May 30, 2012 issue of The Voice, The Defense Research Institute (DRI)

May, 2012

A Lawyer’s Guide to the Advertising and Solicitations Rules

January, 2012

Professional Liability—Design Professionals: Texas Certificate of Merit Analysis

January, 2012

Analysis of Venue Favorability and Practical Tips on Venue Selection and Options to Limit Liability in Unfavorable Venues, Co-Author

January, 2012

Featured speaker at Council on Litigation Management – Defense Strategies National Defense Counsel

March, 2011 New Orleans, Louisiana   

Internet Dating Websites: A Refuge for Internet Fraud, 12 FLA. COASTAL L. REV. 389

January, 2011

Co-author of the Texas Chapter of Construction Litigation Desk Reference, A Fifty State Compendium, published by DRI

February, 2010

Developments in Indemnity and Additional Insured Agreements, presented at Business and Insurance Litigation Update

October, 2009

Fifth Circuit Civil Appellate Update, 21 APP. ADVOC. 212

January, 2009

Featured panel speaker at Medmarc’s 24th Annual Medical Device Seminar – Application of Social Media When Defending and Cross-Examining Experts

June, 2008 Hot Springs, Virginia   

Toast to the Constitution, Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex Inn of Courts Joint Meeting

January, 2008

Who Owes Who What and When Do They Owe It? at DRI Annual Meeting/Construction Law Committee

October, 2007 Washington D.C.   

Featured panel speaker presenting a Bad Faith Litigation and Claims Handling seminar at Church Mutual Insurance Company

May, 2007

Featured Speaker at Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Construction Law Seminar – When Personal Injury Becomes Personal Understanding the Role of OSHA in Personal Injury Cases

September, 2006 San Francisco, CA   

Named shareholder, David Macdonald, will be a featured speaker at DRI's Construction Law Seminar to be held September 7-8, 2006 in San Francisco.

The topic When Personal Injury Becomes Personal - Understanding the Role of OSHA in Personal Injury Cases will cover the implications of an OSHA violation in a personal injury lawsuit, including what can be done to protect clients when OSHA investigates an injury at a construction project.

Some of the issues addressed will also include whom OSHA considers the employer when there are multiple contractors on the project, determining when evidence of an OSHA violation is admissible in a personal injury lawsuit, and how to minimize the effects if evidence is admitted.

Guest Speaker at Insurance Women of San Antonio (IWSA)

July, 2006 San Antonio, Texas   

Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects, presented at Continuing Education Conference

June, 2006 Charlotte, North Carolina   

Featured Speaker at Eagle International Conference – Update Texas Good Faith Insurance Issues

May, 2006 Las Vegas, Nevada   

"Update Texas", the May 2006 conference held in Las Vegas, was hosted by Eagle International, an International network of defense attorneys and claim adjusters.

Featured speaker, David Macdonald, presented Good Faith Insurance Issues.

Guest Speaker for Federation of Insurance Women of Texas (FIWT) 2006 Mid-Year Conference

April, 2006 Austin, Texas   

Recent Developments in the Federal Rules of Evidence, Federal Court Practice seminar, State Bar of Texas (CLE accredited)

January, 2006

Fraud, Fraudulent Inducement, and Contractual Protections Against a Fraud Claim, CLE

June, 2005

Co-author: “Useful Strategies in the Battle of Experts,” Bankruptcy Litigation: Advanced Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure Workshop

January, 2005 Austin, Texas   
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Educational/Professional Background

  • University of Houston, Juris Doctor, 1997
  • University of Texas, Bachelors Business Administration with highest honors, 1994

Civic and Volunteerism

  • Mock Trial Committee and the Community Involvement Committee of the Dallas Bar Association

Court Admissions

Jennifer D. Leblanc is licensed to practice law in the following areas:

  • Texas

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas

  • Overview
  • Representative Experience
  • Professional Affiliations
  • Honors and Recognitions
  • Publications/Presentations
  • Educational/Professional Background
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  • Court Admissions





Jennifer D. Leblanc

Shareholder

Email: jleblanc@macdonalddevin.com

Direct Phone: 214.651.3343

Direct Fax: 214.747.0942

Areas of Practice

Overview

Bringing two decades of diverse litigation experience and insight to her practice, Jennifer LeBlanc represents businesses, insurance companies, and individuals in commercial and personal injury matters. She focuses on civil and business litigation, including personal injury, products liability, premises liability, and commercial disputes.

Jennifer is well-versed in the complex issues and regulatory frameworks that are central to the effective representation of medical device manufacturers and designers, and also defends healthcare professionals, both in court and before administrative agencies.

Repeatedly included on the Texas Rising Stars list for her accomplishments in Civil Litigation Defense, Jennifer has a long track record of obtaining dismissals and summary judgments before trial, and has demonstrated her powerful advocacy skills in courtrooms at the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts.

Jennifer earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston and her bachelor’s degree in business administration with highest honors from the University of Texas. Her passion for trial advocacy is demonstrated through her active involvement in numerous professional organizations and her participation in the Mock Trial Committee and the Community Involvement Committee of the Dallas Bar Association.

Jennifer is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas.