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Jane E. Bockus Member

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas

Education

St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., 1979

  • St. Mary's Law Journal, Associate Editor

Southern Methodist University, B.A., History, 1974

Jane Bockus is a trial lawyer. For nearly 40 years, pharmaceutical and medical device companies and their national counsel have counted on Jane’s regional knowledge, experience and collaborative approach to complement their national strategies. She has tried more than 30 cases to verdict in a variety of complex matters. In addition to pharmaceuticals and medical devices, she has defended cases involving asbestos, heavy machinery, power tools and electronic appliances.

Experience

Jane is one of a select few female product liability litigators in the country who has tried cases in multiple state and federal court venues involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

A team leader who has tried many cases to verdict, Jane develops the strategies and identifies and develops the expert witnesses critical to defending product manufacturers.

Jane has developed her own style; she is engaging, friendly and disarming — so disarming that adverse witnesses let their guard down, and then in her very easygoing and charming way, Jane scores major points. Juries like her, and they can tell that she is genuine.  

--Lawyer Leslie A. Benitez, quoted in Law360, June 14, 2014              

Jane’s clients and team members appreciate her responsiveness, her understanding of regional and local differences as well as her ability to simplify complex scientific information in the creation of jury-friendly trial themes.

While Jane has been successful in front of juries, her gusto and readiness for trial also produce results for clients at the settlement table. 

Her experience includes:

Norplant

Jane was on the trial team for the first bellwether trial in the federal court MDL in a case involving five consolidated plaintiffs. Summary judgment was granted the day jury selection was to begin based on the learned intermediary doctrine. The ruling was confirmed by the Fifth Circuit. In Re Norplant Contraceptive Products Liability Lit., 165 F. 3rd374 (5th Cir. 1999).

She was also on the trial teams for the first three Norplant cases tried in state court in Texas – all in traditionally plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions. The first case (in Edinburg) resulted in a mistrial (after one plaintiff’s lawyer accused another of suborning perjury), the second (in Brownsville) a defense verdict and the third (in Beaumont) a defense verdict for 3 of 4 plaintiffs. The verdict for the remaining plaintiff was reversed on appeal. Wyeth Ayerst v. Medrano, 28 S.W. 3rd 87 (Tex App. 2000).

Hormone Replacement Therapy

Jane was on the trial teams that tried the first two MDL cases to verdict in the hormone replacement litigation in Little Rock, Arkansas. Both trials resulted in defense verdicts.

She was also on the teams that opposed three attempts to certify classes for “fear of harm” from use of HRT in Miami, Philadelphia and Little Rock. Those teams successfully defeated all attempts to certify a class.

Medical Devices

Jane has defended manufacturers of therapeutic beds, surgical instruments, optic lenses and pelvic mesh in both state and national mass tort litigation.

Asbestos

Jane was on the trial team that tried five consolidated asbestos cases in federal court in Laredo, Texas. The trial resulted in a verdict that was a fraction of the amount that had been offered in settlement and the plaintiff asked for a new trial. The request was denied.

Other Products and Trials

Jane has tried cases involving claims of defective design of motorboats, road grading equipment, and computer equipment.

In addition, Jane has tried numerous medical malpractice cases and cases alleging violation of the Deceptive Trade Practices Act in state and federal court in Texas and Arkansas. She has also represented insurance companies in high exposure bad-faith cases arising from catastrophic weather events, as well as coverage disputes and complaints against agents.

Memberships & Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation, Life Member, Former Chair
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Former President of San Antonio Chapter
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel

Community/Civic Activities

  • Bexar County Family Justice Center Foundation, Board Member

Jane has proven that it’s possible to be an excellent attorney who focuses on winning trials while retaining a great sense of humor. In her spare time, she accomplishes feats outside of the courtroom such as competing in sprint triathlons and swimming from Alcatraz to San Francisco!

  • Recipient, Belvah Lockwood Outstanding Lawyer Award from the Bexar County Women's Bar Association
  • Life Science Star - LMG Life Sciences, 2013
  • S.A. Scene, "San Antonio's Best Lawyers," 2011-2014, 2016