Jonathan D. Orent

Jonathan D. Orent: Attorney with Motley Rice LLC
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  • 55 Cedar St., Suite 100, Providence, RI 02903
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Jonathan Orent litigates for people alleging harm by defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs, including all aspects of discovery and expert development. He represents women suffering from painful side effects associated with pelvic mesh/sling products in thousands of filed cases against multiple corporations, as well as hernia patients harmed by mesh repairs.

Jonathan was appointed lead counsel of hernia mesh litigation In re Atrium Medical Corp. C-QUR Mesh Products Liability Litigation, MDL #2753. He serves as co-liaison counsel in transvaginal mesh litigation In re C.R. Bard Inc. in New Jersey state court and as state court liaison counsel in Massachusetts. He is a member of the litigation team that successfully tried the Barba case to a 100 million verdict in Delaware (later reduced by appeal to 10 million). Jonathan also led the successful appeal to the Massachusetts Court of Appeals, which allowed key evidence relating to Boston Scientific’s alleged knowledge of the potential harm caused by its products. Jonathan is co-chair of the AAJ Hernia Mesh Litigation Group.

Jonathan also represents communities and people facing personal injury, property damage and economic loss as a result of negligence, environmental hazards or groundwater and soil contamination. He represents clients in Pennsylvania’s Apollo-Parks area who allege they suffered severe illnesses after being exposed to dangerous levels of toxic or radioactive materials released into the air, water and soil by local nuclear facilities. In 2008, he litigated against a large New England utility company on behalf of more than 100 Tiverton, R.I., residents who claimed they suffered damages resulting from environmental contamination of their residential property. More recently, Jonathan played a role in the settlement of contamination litigation between members of the Tallevast, Fla., community and a major aerospace defense contractor involving property damage and emotional distress claims resulting from the alleged release of trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE) and other chemicals into the groundwater.

Jonathan has worked on complex litigation against the lead paint industry on behalf of government entities in California, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin, as well as lead poisoning cases for individual children and families against property owners. He also assists with discovery and trial preparation of the firm’s asbestos cases.

Prior to joining Motley Rice in 2005, Jonathan served as a law clerk with the Missouri State Public Defender Youth Advocacy Unit and a legal intern for Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois. Recognized as an AV rated attorney Martindale-Hubbell, he has made numerous presentations on a variety of legal matters involving medical device litigation and environmental law. He serves on the Rhode Island Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a group whose mission is to address key community issues and discrimination matters, such as foreclosure scams and the disparate treatment of minority youth, through research and initiatives. Jonathan is President of AG Bell Rhode Island, as well as a member of the Rhode Island Early Intervention Work Group, a group that reviews early intervention services provided to deaf or hard of hearing children between the ages of 0-3 in Rhode Island.

Every case is different. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Awards and Accolades

•Super Lawyers

2014-2018 Rhode Island Super Lawyers Rising Stars list Business litigation; Class action/mass torts; Appellate

Related Content

Recent Blog Posts

December 27, 2016

The FDA Needs Your Help: Reporting & Communication are vital for your health

by: Jonathan D. Orent

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November 9, 2018

Motley Rice attorneys named to 2018 New York and Rhode Island Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

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Workers’ Memorial Week: A time to reflect, while pushing forward with protections for the worker

March 7, 2018

Motley Rice Co-Founding Member Joe Rice Awarded SCAJ Top Honor

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Drugs
  • Toxic Exposure

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
401.457.7723  Phone
401.457.7708  Fax
University Attended:
University of Rochester, B.A., 2001
Law School Attended:
Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2004
Year of First Admission:
Rhode Island; Massachusetts; Wisconsin; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, District of Rhode Island, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin


•American Association for Justice
•American Bar Association
•Rhode Island Association for Justice, Board of Governors

Reported Cases:
Casework: Nuplazid Parkinson's Disease Drug Lawsuits: Within two years of Nuplazid being on the market there are reports that a staggering 700 deaths may be linked to the drug, among other adverse effects.; Attorneys: Carmen S. Scott Fred Thompson III; Hernia Mesh Lawsuits: Hernias are a problem that for many requires surgery to alleviate daily pain, discomfort and other symptoms. Unfortunately, some who were promised a solution by having hernia mesh implanted to repair the hernia instead found themselves facing potential problems.; Attorneys: Jonathan D. Orent Donald A. Migliori; Flavoring Chemical Lawsuits: Flavoring chemicals provide pleasant aromas and tastes to consumer products, but when inhaled by workers and consumers, they may cause serious lung diseases and in certain cases, may be fatal.; Attorneys: Anne McGinness Kearse Scott B. Hall; Chemical Exposure and Contamination: Representing people and communities harmed by chemical and environmental contamination due to corporate negligence and poor environmental practices; Attorneys: Anne McGinness Kearse Kevin R. Dean; Transvaginal Mesh (TVM): Transvaginal mesh (TVM), also known as pelvic mesh or bladder sling, is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Complications include severe pain, permanent damage and revision surgery.; Attorneys: Fidelma L. Fitzpatrick Jonathan D. Orent; Lead Poisoning: Helping to prevent lead poisoning through civil litigation and representing those hurt by this harmful yet all too common chemical.; Attorneys: Fidelma L. Fitzpatrick Robert J. McConnell; Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is primarily associated with asbestos exposure and can occur 10 to 60 years after the initial exposure. We have worked with thousands of victims of mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.; Attorneys: Anne McGinness Kearse John E. Herrick
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Peer Reviews

  • 4.8/5.0 (10 reviews)
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Member on 01/10/17 in Mass Torts

    Jonathan was a student of mine in law school in a pre-trial litigation course and performed exceptionally. Since law school he and I have worked together on a number of cases representing clients in mass tort cases. His legal skills are excellent a... Read more

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    Jonathan was a student of mine in law school in a pre-trial litigation course and performed exceptionally. Since law school he and I have worked together on a number of cases representing clients in mass tort cases. His legal skills are excellent and almost more importantly, his ethics are irreproachable. I highly recommend Jonathan for an AV rating. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Judge on 01/10/17 in Toxic Exposure

    Jonathan is a thoughtful, smart, zealous, and effective advocate for his clients. His integrity is beyond reproach.

    Jonathan is a thoughtful, smart, zealous, and effective advocate for his clients. His integrity is beyond reproach. Read less

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