Jerome “Jerry” Block, a partner at Levy Konigsberg, who has been listed in Best Lawyers for 10 consecutive years. Mr. Block is a nationally-recognized trial lawyer who has won landmark jury verdicts against some of the world’s most powerful companies. Mr. Block is one of the only lawyers in the entire United States to win multiple jury trials against both the Asbestos and Tobacco Industries.
Mr. Block focuses his law practice mainly on representing victims of asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma. Mr. Block has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements for mesothelioma clients and families. Mr. Block has won mesothelioma jury trials against a wide range of companies that made or used asbestos-containing products including: manufacturers of welding rods, manufacturers of asbestos-containing boilers and related equipment, a large auto manufacturer, a major international power company, and a manufacturer of asbestos-containing gaskets and seals. Mr. Block has won a long list of multi-million dollar cases, including two cases tried together in which the jury awarded $22 million dollars. Mr. Block’s mesothelioma client include men and women who were exposed to asbestos in a wide range of settings, including asbestos exposures from service in the U.S. Navy, work as a union tradesman, work in a shipyard, auto mechanic work, boiler repair work, use of household products and exposure to family members from clothing contaminated with asbestos that was brought home from work.
Mr. Block’s superior skills in the courtroom have also been demonstrated in ground-breaking victories against the Tobacco Industry. In one eight-month period, Mr. Block beat “Big Tobacco” in two separate trials. These jury verdicts, totaling close to $7 million, were based on the proven claim that the tobacco companies failed to warn Mr. Block’s of the addictive nature of cigarettes when they were young teenagers in the 1960s. The men in both these cases ultimately developed lung cancer after many years of smoking. Mr. Block won both cases in federal court.
When defendants appeal Mr. Block’s successful jury verdicts, Mr. Block -- unlike most trial lawyers -- frequently argues the appeal himself. Mr. Block has successfully defeated defendants’ appeals of his jury verdicts in multiple courts including, the Delaware Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the New York Appellate Division.Prior to joining Levy Konigsberg, Mr. Block gained valuable skills and insights while clerking for a United States District Court Judge, and while working for a large international law firm.