Robert K. Jenner
Robert K. Jenner (of counsel)
Rob has been honored by Best Lawyers every year since 2006 and was in both 2013 and 2016 was named Baltimore Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.” He is also routinely honored in the Top 100 lawyers in Maryland’s “Super Lawyers.” For the second year in a row, The National Trial Lawyers have named Rob Jenner one of America’s Top 50 Influential Trial Lawyers. The announcement was made in The Trial Lawyer magazine (Spring 2019). He has been repeatedly selected by federal and state court judges to lead teams of plaintiffs’ attorneys in complicated legal battles against some of the nation’s most powerful pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
In Rob’s legal practice, he began representing people who acquired HIV from blood and blood products. He authored the country’s first legal treatise on the subject, Transfusion–Associated AIDS (Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co., 1995). Rob continues his work on behalf of people living with HIV as he leads a consortium of attorneys dedicated to investigating claims against the manufacturer of tenofovir, a drug that caused unnecessary kidney disease and bone loss in tens of thousands of people world-wide. He is the former Chair of the AIDS Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, and has lectured internationally on the legal rights of persons impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Rob is currently court-appointed Co-Lead Counsel of the Massachusetts consolidation of 7,000+ GranuFlo state cases. He is also Liaison Counsel for the Zofran litigation (MDL) in Boston; Liaison Counsel for the Smith & Nephew BHR hip implant litigation (MDL) in Baltimore; and serves on the Essure Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee of the California Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings (JCCP) in Oakland, California.
The Superior Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts appointed Rob to serve on the Executive Committee of the consolidated claims of plaintiffs who were victims of the September 13, 2018, Merrimack Valley fire and gas explosions. The aggregate proceedings, known as In Re Columbia Gas Cases, are coordinated before Judge James Lang in the Salem Superior Court.
A Past President of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association (currently the Maryland Association for Justice, MAJ), Rob now sits on MAJs Executive Committee. In May 2009, MAJ Awarded him and his co-counsel its Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for their efforts in challenging the illegal subrogation practices of Maryland’s HMOs.
A significant portion of his commitment to the civil justice system is evidenced by Rob’s participation in the American Association for Justice (AAJ). He is Chair of AAJ’s Publications Committee, which oversees the publication of TRIAL magazine, the nation’s largest and most reputable magazine for trial lawyers. He is also a past Chair of AAJ’s Section on Toxic, Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts. Rob currently serves as Co-Chair of AAJ’s Zofran Litigation Group. In addition, he has formerly served as Chair of the Pain Pump–Chondrolysis Litigation Group; Vice-Chair of the Hormone Therapy Litigation Group; Rezulin Litigation Group; Baycol Litigation Group; AIDS Litigation Group; Latex Toxicity Litigation Group; and HMO Litigation Group. In July 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008, AAJ awarded him its Wiedemann-Wysocki Medal for his commitment to AAJ and the civil justice system.
He has written more than 30 articles published in nationally recognized legal and health care journals. Rob is also a frequent lecturer, having been invited to speak on medical/legal issues both nationally and internationally. He has organized and moderated dozens of acclaimed seminars in conjunction with AAJ’s National College of Advocacy on the issues of Zofran, Pradaxa, Vioxx, Hormone Therapy, Baycol, Rezulin, and general pharmaceutical and mass tort litigation.
Rob is a member of the bars of Maryland, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia. He was honored by his peers by being inducted into the International Society of Barristers, one of the country’s most selective attorney honorary societies. He has obtained the highest rating (AV) by his peers as reflected in Martindale-Hubbell.
Rob is a volunteer for Lab Rescue of the LRCP, as well as an avid scuba diver who is always willing to take suggestions for great dive destinations. Joel Bieber is happy that he is an Orioles, Caps and Wizards fan!
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