For 30 years at Jones Day, Steve Kaczynski has practiced in the area of product liability litigation, most specifically, as one of the most senior litigators on the national coordinating counsel team for the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the smoking and health litigation.
Most recently, Steve has served as lead counsel for RJR in several Engle progeny cases throughout the state of Florida, and has been recognized by the Courtroom View network for his prominence in that litigation. Previously, in 2000, Steve was lead trial counsel for the tobacco industry in the successful defense of the first smoking and health case to be tried in New York City. In 2002, Steve served as lead counsel for the industry in the first defense victory in California since 1985. He also has prevailed in the first smoking and health case to be tried in Manhattan in 2005. Before joining Jones Day, Steve served in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, where he tried more than 100 cases as a prosecutor and defense counsel, and was a member of the staff and faculty of The Judge Advocate General's School in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In the Army, Steve was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for service at the Army JAG School, two Army Commendation Medals for service with the 25th Infantry Division, and the Army Achievement Medal for authoring the Operational Law Handbook for the Deploying Judge Advocate.
Served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (1979-1985), serving as Staff and Faculty, The Judge Advocate General's School (JAG), Charlottesville, Virginia (1982-1985) and at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii as Trial Counsel, Assistant Chief of Military Justice, Defense Counsel (1979-1982)
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