James W. Ozog: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

James W. Ozog

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Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone312.572.8406

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Practice Areas

  • Product Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Food and Beverage
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 312.572.8406
Fax: 312.572.8401
http://www.goldbergsegalla.com/attorneys/james-w-ozog
 
University Northwestern University, B.S., 1974
 
Law SchoolWashington University, J.D., 1977
 
Admitted1977, Illinois, U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districtsof Illinois; U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits
 
Memberships 

Professional Affiliations
•American Bar Association
•Illinois State Bar Association
•Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
•Defense Research Institute: Former Chair, Consumer Products Specialized Litigation Group
•Propane Gas Defense Association: Past Member, Board of Directors
•International Association of Defense Counsel
•Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Community Involvement
•Old St. Patrick's Church Choir: Singer and Volunteer
•Evans Scholars Alumni Association and Bar Association
•Village of Glen Ellyn Plan Commission: Member
•Illinois State Bar Association Task Force on Law School Curriculum

 
BornChicago, Illinois, June 27, 1952
 
Biography

James Ozog has more than three decades of experience in product liability defense and commercial litigation. He serves as national product liability defense counsel for a number of national and international manufacturers in fire, explosion, and catastrophic burn cases. Jim has achieved national recognition for his litigation experience, which includes handling cases in 28 states and trying product liability cases to verdict in nine states. He also has significant experience defending food and beverage manufacturers.

Jim frequently speaks on product liability defense issues for organizations like the Chicago Bar Association and Propane Gas Defense Association, and at noted industry seminars including the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Fire and Casualty Seminar, the National Fire Prevention Association National Conference, and DRI's Product Liability Conference.

In addition, Jim is a frequent author on product liability defense for leading industry publications like DRI's The Voice and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's IDC Quarterly.

A small sampling of his experience includes:
•Successfully defending a nationwide consumer class action over a recalled children's toy, a Seventh Circuit decision which set favorable precedent for cases involving defective products
•Obtaining summary judgment in favor of a gas valve component manufacturer in a personal injury case involving an explosion at a youth festival that resulted in severe burns to four minors by convincing a Pennsylvania court to apply Texas law
•Winning summary judgment dismissal through Daubert exclusions of expert testimony in fire and trucking product liability cases, including, for example, at the appellate level in a case involving wrongful death and property damage
•Winning summary judgment and Daubert exclusion of plaintiffs' experts in a $2 million-plus Arkansas consolidated property loss/fire case involving the destruction of a theater and other businesses in a downtown historic district
•Establishing that summary dismissal was a correct sanction for a plaintiff's spoliation of evidence in a products case
•Recent product liability trial defense of a space heater manufacturer in a Cook County trailer fire case involving four deaths and two personal injuries, a case which successfully resolved at the conclusion of trial through a high/low agreement
•Successful defense of a retailer in civil and wrongful death litigation arising from the 1982 Tylenol murders
•Defense of all Illinois cases as regional defense counsel regarding multi-district litigation concerning a dietary supplement
•Leader of the multi-state (Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa) defense team defending a food company in Salmonella milk poisoning cases that, at the time, were the largest food poisoning outbreaks in the U.S.
•Food poisoning defense for two major national retailers in a number of cases related to freshness issues

Honors
•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
Illinois Leading Lawyers: Products Liability Defense Law

Publications/Presentations
•Co-Author, “ The Role of Medical Examiners and Forensic Pathologists in the Defense of Wrongful Death Cases ,” The Voice, Defense Research Institute, July 16, 2014
•Presenter, “The Evolving Field of Concussion Litigation and the Impact on Consumer Product Litigation - Manufacturers and Insurers Beware,” American Conference Institute Consumer Products Regulation and Litigation Conference, Chicago, June 12, 2014
•Presenter, “The Defense Attorney at the Fire/Explosion Scene,” Propane Gas Defense Association, April 2013
• Presenter, “Presenting Expert Opinions in Court: Educating Average Jurors,” Chicago Bar Association, June 2011
• Presenter, “Don't Cross Me - Successful Techniques and Considerations for Deposing Plaintiff's Experts in Fire/Explosion Cases,” DRI Fire and Casualty Seminar, November 2010
• Presenter, “NFPA 921 in the Courts: Extinguishing Evidentiary Challenges With NFPA 921,” National Fire Prevention Association National Conference, Chicago, 2009
• Presenter, “Evidence Spoliation Issues in Propane Fire/Explosion Cases,” Propane Gas Defense Association, April 2009
• Presenter, “Ethical Issues That Arise Between National and Local Counsel,” DRI's Product Liability Conference, February 2008
• Author, “The Admissibility of CPSC Publications in Product Liability Trials,” DRI's The Voice, Vol. 6, No. 24, 2007
• Presenter, “The Admissibility of Expert/Opinion Testimony of Investigating Public Authorities in Fire/Explosion Cases,” DRI Fire and Casualty Seminar, November 2006
• Author, “Passive Spoliation and the Plaintiff's Duty to Preserve Evidence: Kaybylis v. Ford Motor Company ,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2003
• Author, “Investigating and Defending Claims of Electrical Shock,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2003
• Author, “Public Nuisance and Product Liability,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2003
• Author, “Debunking Extrapolation Post- Donaldson ,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2002
• Author, “Open and Obvious Dangers in Strict Liability,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2002
• Author, “Gatekeeping in Design Defect Cases,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2002
• Author, “Court Rejects IPI 400.07 in Design Defect Cases,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2002
• Author, “First District Limits Application of Learned Intermediary Defense in Medical Device Cases,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2001
• Author, “NFPA 921 and the Defense of Product Liability Cases,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 11, No. 3, 2001
• Author, “Second District Rejects Post-Sale Duty to Warn,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2001
• Author, “Amended Federal Rules of Evidence Tighten Restrictions on the Admissibility of Lay and Expert Opinion Evidence,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2001
• Author, “Defending Product Liability Cases in Illinois After the Best Decision,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 4, 1998

Publications
• The Role of Medical Examiners and Forensic Pathologists in the Defense of Wrongful Death Cases, DRI The Voice
July 16, 2014

Presentations
•“The Evolving Field of Concussion Litigation and the Impact on Consumer Product Litigation - Manufacturers and Insurers Beware,” American Conference Institute Consumer Products Regulation and Litigation Conference
June 12, 2014

News
Growing Goldberg Segalla Open for Business in Chicago
January 23, 2014

Successes
Goldberg Segalla Wins Summary Judgment for Space Heater Manufacturer in $2 Million Product Liability Case
February 19, 2014

Achievements
James W. Ozog Named to Illinois Leading Lawyers
September 2014

 
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