Gabriel A. Jackson
Gabriel A. Jackson is one of the nation’s foremost attorneys in asbestos litigation. For over 40 years, she has counseled and defended product manufacturers and premises owners in jurisdictions throughout the United States in complex toxic tort and product liability matters.
Many clients trust Gaby with their regional and national caseloads in toxic tort and product liability litigation. She has served as national coordinating counsel for multiple national companies, including manufacturers of asbestos products, drywall, electrical components and fixtures, power generation, wire and cable, and food products. She has overseen more than 100,000 cases nationwide, determining strategy and managing discovery, expert witness development, and trial preparation. Her focus includes tailoring strategies to a jurisdiction’s unique legal environment and working alongside regional or local counsel to develop expert witnesses in preparation for trial.
Gaby has tried 10 complex multi-party cases to verdict in California, West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She has served as a Judge Pro Tem, appointed by the San Francisco mayor and she presided over citizens’ claims against the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority. She has also served as an expert consultant and witness in legal malpractice, complex insurance coverage and reinsurance matters.
During her career, Gaby has helped shape case law and is a nationally recognized thought leader in complex product liability litigation. She lectures frequently and has been on the faculty at conferences presented by Perrin Conferences, the Defense Research Institute, Bar Association of San Francisco, Andrews Continuing Education Institute, University of San Francisco School of Law, and HarrisMartin Publishing.
Among her many accolades, Gaby received the Martindale Hubbell “AV” rating from her peers and the judiciary beginning in her tenth year of practice. San Francisco Magazine has named her a Northern California Super Lawyer each year since 2004. She is also a Senior Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. In 2008, she was named a “Woman of the Year” by the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco for her community service, volunteer work and leadership in the nonprofit sector. In 2007 she was named Sustainer of the Year by the Junior League of San Francisco.
- Earned summary judgment in the U.S. District Court in North Carolina on all causes of action where the client was the only defendant in the case.
- Earned summary judgment in the MARDOC MDL docket in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on the Government Contractor Defense.
- Prevailed in pretrial motions involving successor liability, government contracts, and foreign treaties resulting in the trial court ordering offers of proof by plaintiffs who then dismissed our client.
- Obtained a defense verdict after a five-week jury trial after less than two hours of jury deliberations in a living mesothelioma case with a 27-year-old plaintiff. Began representing the client just six weeks before trial commenced, assembling the experts and defense strategy from scratch. The plaintiff’s demand during trial was in the eight figures.
- Negotiated the dismissal for no indemnity payments of over 90,000 cases pending nationally.
- Tried nine consolidated lung cancer cases and obtained a complete defense verdict on the medicine in all nine cases after a two-month-long trial in this reverse bifurcated.
Honors & Awards
Litigation Counsel of America: Senior Fellow
Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
City and County of San Francisco Woman of the Year, 2008
Junior League of San Francisco Sustainer of the Year, 2007
Northern California Super Lawyers, 2004-21
Legal Marketing Association Award of Merit, 2001
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Central Districts of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Supreme Court
- University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1980
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1979-1980
- Institute of International Legal Studies, University of Salzburg, Austria, 1978
- University of San Francisco, Department of History, Masters Candidate, 1975-1976
- University of California at Davis, B.A, History, 1975
- Defense Research Institute
- Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International
- Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
- Foundation Board of Delta Delta Delta Women’s Fraternity: Trustee
- Schools of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco
- Ignatius Church, San Francisco
- Junior League of San Francisco
- American Association of University Women