In over 25 years at Jones Day, Jeff Ubersax has won major trial and appellate victories for the Firm's clients across the country in a variety of individual and class actions, including product liability and toxic tort cases as well as commercial disputes involving contract, antitrust, fraud, and securities claims.
Most recently, Jeff has become involved in disputes concerning the removal of natural gas and oil from Ohio's Utica or Marcellus Shale. He is defending mineral rights owners against claims by surface owners under the Dormant Mineral Act and efforts to enjoin horizontal drilling and fracking. He is also defending oil and gas producers in class litigation over the alleged underpayment of royalties.
Jeff has extensive experience in commercial arbitrations. He represented North America's largest iron ore producer in arbitrations concerning long-term supply contracts with U.S. and Canadian steel makers and won three awards from panels of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) involving eight- and nine-figure claims about the amount and price of ore to be sold under complex contracts. Jeff became a member of the AAA's Roster of Neutrals in 2011.
Jeff has acted as national coordinating counsel for the sole fully integrated U.S. producer of beryllium products, managing all aspects of the company's product liability and toxic tort litigation in 19 states and taking the lead in key courtroom appearances. He has a long record of success in these matters, from defense verdicts to significant wins in state supreme courts and federal courts of appeals on class certification and medical monitoring issues. A Colorado verdict was recognized in The National Law Journal's Top 20 Defense Verdicts of the year for 2001.
•Materion defends lawsuit alleging toxic exposure to beryllium alloy particulates
NACCO Industries subsidiary prevails in Ohio Supreme Court on certified question of law under Ohio's Dormant Mineral Act
U.S. automotive parts company obtains dismissal of putative class action lawsuit related to alleged workplace exposure to toxic substances
Honors & Distinctions
•The Best Lawyers in America (2014, 2015, and 2016)
The National Law Journal - Top 20 Defense Verdicts of 2001
•Law Clerk to Judge William W Schwarzer, United States District Court, Northern District of California (1982-1983 term)