Jodi Flowers leads Motley Rice’s Anti-Terrorism and Human Rights practice group, the legal team founded by Ron Motley that brought the groundbreaking complex litigation against the financiers and material supporters of al Qaeda. Representing thousands of family members and survivors of Sept. 11, 2001, in a pioneering civil action to hold al Qaeda’s sponsors accountable and cut off the terror support pipeline, she serves on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the In re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 litigation consolidated by the Multidistrict Litigation Panel. Jodi is currently involved in processing claims for the new Victims’ Compensation Fund for first responders, area residents, and anyone whose health may have been affected by exposure to environmental toxins released in the terrorist attacks. She was also an integral member of the Motley Rice aviation security litigation team seeking accountability and change in aviation security following the 9/11 attacks.
Jodi handles a variety of other anti-terrorism cases regarding the state-sponsorship of international terrorism, as well as human rights litigation involving violations of international law and human rights abuses. She plays a lead role in the firm’s involvement in a case concerning Arab Bank’s alleged material support of terrorism, In re Almog v. Arab Bank.Jodi also authored an amicus brief, supporting section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, regarding the trade regulation of conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Using her experience in complex case resolution, she served as the lead negotiator in the last hold-out of the individual cases against Libya for the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Jodi continues to seek justice for victims of Libyan sponsored terrorism during Qadhafi’s reign.
Additionally, Jodi has worked on toxic environmental cases in the Virgin Islands involving leaking gas tanks, and she is currently representing clients in advancing their Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims through the programs established by the two settlements reached with BP.
Jodi’s legal career has included developing, researching and managing complex litigation and class actions on behalf of injured consumers and citizens in lawsuits and trials involving tobacco, asbestos, lead pigment, aviation, transportation and vehicle defects. She worked to demonstrate the necessary minimum contacts within the U.S. for the exercise of personal jurisdiction over Bridgestone Corporation in the class action for damages allegedly caused by vehicle and tire defects, In re Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc., ATX, ATX II and Wilderness Tire Products Liability Litigation, Case No. 00-MDL-1373-SEB (S.D.Ind.). She litigated against lead paint/pigment manufacturers as well as the telecom industry for wiretapping. She has served on numerous MDL Executive Committees and Subcommittees. Currently, she plays an active role in litigating multiple complex securities fraud cases and shareholder derivative suits.
Jodi began her career applying restitution and fraud theories to the litigation against the tobacco industry which resulted in the historic Master Settlement Agreement between the state attorneys general and the tobacco industry. She developed expert and whistleblower testimony, synthesized millions of pages of documents and prepared the tobacco cases for trial. She prepared the false-marketing and child targeting case against the tobacco industry which resulted in restrictions on cartoon ads and the retirement of Joe Camel.
Jodi has been interviewed by various media outlets, including U.S. and foreign television, radio and print media. She provides pro bono work on a variety of global, national and community issues and helped establish the firm's Charitable Contributions Committee.
Published Works — “Remarks on the GJIL Symposium on Corporate Responsibility and the Alien Tort Statute,” Georgetown Journal of International Law, Volume 43–Issue 4, Summer 2012. (43 Geo. J. Int’l. L. 1601)