National Spotlight Shines on Janet, Jenner & Suggs

Janet, Jenner & Suggs

Ken Suggs, Rob Jenner, and Howard Janet
Ken Suggs, Rob Jenner, and Howard Janet
It’s been another extraordinary year at Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC. JJ&S attorneys filed suit on behalf of Victim 6 in the Sandusky-Penn State scandal, assumed a leadership role in litigation arising from a national outbreak of fungal meningitis, and were recruited to break new constitutional ground for children.

The national firm, which originated in Baltimore and is also known as My Advocates, has become one of the most powerful legal voices in the country speaking for injured patients, consumers, and children. JJ&S now includes 28 attorneys and some 70 support staff in offices in Maryland, Washington, D.C., South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, West Virginia, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. 

On the heels of the conviction of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky for child sexual abuse, Howard Janet and partner Ken Suggs again made news when they defeated Penn State University’s repeated attempts to delay their client’s civil suit. The court agreed that justice was long overdue.

Suggs, former president of the American Association for Justice, later was asked by the Southern Poverty Law Center to serve as pro bono counsel in a lawsuit to stop surgical alteration of children born with intersex conditions. 

“Our objective is to procure long denied civil rights for thousands of children each year,” Suggs said.

“We take a special interest in advocating for children suffering from preventable cerebral palsy and birth injuries, and now for children subjected to unnecessary surgeries before they can consent,” Janet adds. “We fight for the best possible futures for children no matter the issue.” 

When news broke that hundreds of patients across the country had developed fungal meningitis from tainted steroid solutions mixed by a Massachusetts company, JJ&S was quickly tapped to help lead the effort to find justice for victims. A member of the firm now serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee of the federal Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) in Massachusetts.

“In mass torts, we get to make a difference in people’s lives on a huge scale,” says Jenner, who heads the firm’s Mass Torts Division and is also co-lead counsel of the Steering Committee overseeing Granuflo® litigation in Massachusetts state court.

The firm’s roster of MDL litigation also includes vaginal mesh, Pradaxa®, and Skechers toning shoes. 

Known for enabling clients to say “no” to unworthy settlement offers, JJ&S has obtained ground-breaking awards in medical malpractice cases in Maryland, Washington, D.C., South Carolina, Minnesota, Iowa, Tennessee, and many other states.

In 2013, the firm advanced class actions against major polluters on behalf of property owners in Nevada, Ohio, and New Jersey. In early 2014, the firm will begin a trial on behalf of New Jersey to recover environmental damages against one of the world’s biggest oil companies. The firm is also representing South Carolina in litigation over false marketing of a medical drug.  

For 2013, JJ&S has been selected by U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” as a National Tier 1 firm in medical malpractice and product liability litigation, receiving additional Tier 1 rankings in medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability in Baltimore and Tier 1 rankings in personal injury litigation and product liability litigation in Columbia, SC.

Janet, Jenner, Suggs, and partner Dov Apfel have consistently been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers. Janet, Jenner and Suggs at various times have all been named a Lawyer of the Year. Suggs was selected 2014 Lawyer of the Year in personal injury litigation, Columbia, SC., and Jenner was selected 2013 Lawyer of the Year in mass tort and class actions, Baltimore, MD. Also, eight members of the firm, including Janet, Jenner, Suggs, and partners Dov Apfel, Stephen Offutt, and Gerald Jowers, have received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating for competence and ethics.

A typical day at JJ&S might find attorneys researching medical issues, developing innovative jury presentations, or wrangling discoverable and damning evidence from Big Pharma. After work hours might find Janet putting finishing touches on a book about medical malpractice he is writing for a major publisher, Jenner alerting blog readers to a drug recall, or Suggs preparing to teach a legal seminar. Or, they might all gather to review grant applications to the firm’s adopted non-profit, the Cerebral Palsy Family Network.

At JJ&S, it’s clear from the cases they attract, the successes they achieve, and the public service they provide, that the extraordinary has become ordinary.

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