Jon Strongman represents large companies in complex litigation, focusing on cases involving medical and scientific issues. He has become known for his ability to communicate complicated information in an understandable way to juries as well as to his own clients and opposing counsel.
Jon builds relationships that help to resolve the small disputes that arise during litigation and can otherwise escalate into larger issues and burden clients with additional costs. A Law360 profile of Jon highlighted this ability to build relationships with all of the parties in his cases and to explain complex issues simply.
Jon handles both large-scale litigation and individual actions and has successfully disposed of cases through discovery, motion practice and trial. He has tried high-stakes cases, including bellwether trials in nationwide MDL litigation.
Jon’s trial work includes Albright v. Boston Scientific Corp., one of the first defense verdicts in the pelvic mesh litigation, currently one of the largest complex cases in the country. Jon helped develop trial strategy and cross-examined medical and scientific experts from a range of disciplines.
In 2017, Jon and the trial team obtained a defense verdict in Harris v. Boston Scientific in Delaware State Court after the jury determined that the plaintiff failed to prove the existence of any defect in the mesh product. This followed a similar defense verdict in 2015 in Carlson v. Boston Scientific Corp. in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.
In 2015, Law360 selected Jon as one of five Rising Stars in the United States in the area of product liability law based in part on his trial work in the mesh litigation.
Jon has also won cases before trial became necessary. In the Ambien litigation, Jon won summary judgment in an alleged “sleep-driving” case after convincing the court to exclude plaintiffs’ experts. This Daubert ruling became an important precedent in related litigation.
Similarly, in the Bausch & Lomb litigation, Jon and the team obtained favorable rulings excluding plaintiffs’ experts from nearly 1,000 cases involving various alleged eye infections and later persuaded the court to grant summary judgment for Bausch & Lomb.
- J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2002
- B.A., with distinction, University of Kansas, 1999
- U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
- Defense Research Institute
- International Association of Defense Counsel
- International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Participant (2009)
- University of Kansas School of Law – Shook, Hardy & Bacon Center for Excellence in Advocacy, Advisory Board (2015)
- Civil Council, Kansas City Tomorrow Program, Participant (2010-2011)
- Village Church Food Pantry, Chair (2010); Advisory Board (2008-2010)
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