Steven D. Jansma

Head of Products, Pharma, Medical and Mass Tort, United States
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

San Antonio
United States
T:+1 210 270 9366
Houston
United States
T:+1 713 651 5522
San Antonio
United States
T:+1 210 270 9366
Houston
United States
T:+1 713 651 5522
Steven D. Jansma

Steven D. Jansma

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Biography

Steve Jansma is Head of Products, Pharma, Medical and Mass Tort, United States.

Steve has extensive experience in the defense of complex product liability and tort disputes nationwide. He serves as National and Regional Coordinating Trial and Discovery counsel for manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and service providers of automotive, industrial, construction, and material handling products and component parts, and for the trucking industry. He has specific experience in complex trade secret protection and discovery scope issues. 

Steve is admitted to practice law in state and federal courts in Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah, as well as the United States Supreme Court. He has appeared before courts in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.


Professional experience

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JD, Baylor Law School, 1992
BBA, cum laude, Finance, St. Mary's University, 1989

  • Arizona State Bar
  • Oklahoma State Bar
  • Texas State Bar
  • Utah State Bar

Steve's most recent projects include: 

  • Lead Counsel for a German automobile manufacturer in the Takata airbag multi-district litigation
  • Lead Counsel for a Japanese chemical manufacturer in a mass tort case involving 42 workers allegedly injured on a construction site
  • Lead Trial Counsel for an Ohio-based tire manufacturer and Arizona-based tire retailer in a tread separation, rollover accident seeking $10 million in compensatory damages; after a month-long trial in Tucson, Arizona, the jury rendered a defense verdict, finding that the tire was not defective in design or manufacture, nor were the Defendants negligent (This verdict was named to the annual Top 5 defense verdicts of significance by Arizona Attorney)
  • National Coordinating/Trial Counsel for a national rental company, defending truck and trailer lawsuits nationwide
  • Regional Trial Counsel and incident response coordinator for a national trucking company
  • Regional Trial Counsel for a national retailer, defending automotive lawsuits in a ten-state region
  • Regional Trial Counsel for an Ohio-based tire manufacturer, defending tread separation lawsuits in a sixteen-state region
  • Regional Trial Counsel for a Texas-based transportation and construction equipment retailer in a thirteen-state region
  • National Discovery Counsel for an Ohio-based tire manufacturer, handling discovery motion response, argument and evidentiary presentation regarding discovery scope, protective order, complex trade-secret and large-scale document production issues nationwide
  • Trial Counsel for a North Carolina-based tire manufacturer, defending tread separation lawsuits in Texas
  • Trial Counsel for a Class 8 diesel truck manufacturer, defending lawsuits involving alleged product defects and fleet warranty claims
  • Lead Trial Counsel for a petroleum refiner in a PMPA lawsuit, resulting in a defense verdict
  • Lead Trial Counsel for a national hotel chain in a premises liability/security case, resulting in a defense verdict
  • Trial Counsel for a forklift manufacturer in a product liability lawsuit, resulting in a defense verdict
  • Who's Who in American Law, Marquis
  • Chambers USA, Noted Practitioner, Nationwide: Product Liability & Mass Tort, Chambers & Partners, 2016 - 2017
  • Outstanding Lawyer, San Antonio Business Journal, 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Product Liability, Thomson Reuters, 2008 - 2012, 2014 - 2018
  • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, Dispute resolution - Product Liability & Mass Tort Defense: Automotive/Transport, The Legal 500, 2014 - 2019
  • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, Dispute resolution - Product Liability & Mass Tort Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices, The Legal 500, 2017-2019
  • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, Dispute resolution - Product liability, mass tort and class action - toxic tort - defense, The Legal 500, 2016-2019
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2012 - 2014
  • Texas Rising Stars, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2004 - 2005, 2007
  • Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2006
  • Top 50 Personal Injury Defense Lawyers, S.A. Scene, 2017
  • San Antonio's Best Lawyers, S.A. Scene, 2011, 2016, 2019
  • Rising Star in San Antonio, Thomson Reuters, 2005
  • 40 Rising Stars of San Antonio's Business Community Under the Age of 40, San Antonio Business Journal, 2001
  • AV Preeminent, rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • "Autonomous vehicles: The legal landscape of Dedicated Short Range Communication in the US, UK and Germany," Norton Rose Fulbright Whitepaper, 2017
  • "Don't be the Weakest Link: Adequately Protecting Your Client's Trade Secret and Confidential Information During Litigation," Product Liability Advisory Council, 2016
  • "Autonomous vehicles: The legal landscape in the US and Germany," Norton Rose Fulbright Whitepaper, 2016 
  • "Product Liability Defenses: A State-by-State Compendium," Texas Chapter, Defense Research Institute, 2013, 2017
  • "Discovery of Trade Secrets: How Courts Analyze Disclosure Issues," LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy, Volume 22, Number 8, February 2004
  • "Discovery of Trade Secrets: What Constitutes Protected Information?" LJN's Product Liability Law & Strategy, Volume 22, Number 7, January 2004
  • "Insurance Department Seeks to Shape Its Policy on Mold Remediation," San Antonio Business Journal, August 3, 2001
  • "Protective Order and Trade Secret Litigation Strategy," Product Liability Advisory Council Spring Meeting, March 2016
  • "Economic Effects of Product Liability Litigation," Trinity University, February 2003
  • "Environmental Hazards in Healthcare Facilities," CLE Presentation, December 19, 2001
  • "Ethical Considerations in Product Design," St. Mary's University Graduate School of Business, July 2001
  • "Product Liability and Negligence," St. Mary's University School of Business and Administration, January 1999, August 1999 and February 2000

Steve provides client training seminars regarding accident prevention and investigation and preventative counseling to reduce the risk of product litigation.

  • Product Liability Advisory Council, Sustaining Member
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel 
  • Defense Counsel of San Antonio
    • President (2000)
    • Board Member (1996 - 2001)
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Foundation; Life Fellow; District 10 Nominating Committee (2012) 
  • Catholic Charities Board of Directors (2014 - present)
    • Nominations Committee, Chair (2018 - present)
  • Clarity Child Guidance Center Board of Directors (2006 - 2014)
    • Governing Board, Chair (2009 - 2010)
    • Development Board, Chair (2007 - 2008)
  • St. Mary's University
    • President's Gateway Award for Advancement (2013)
    • Trustee (2004 - 2006; 2014 - present)
      • Law School Committee, Chair (2018 - present)
      • University Bylaws Revision Committee, Chair (2006)
    • St. Mary's University Alumni Association Board of Directors (1998 - 2006)
      • President (2002 - 2004)
      • Officer (1999 - 2006)
  • Child Advocates San Antonio Board of Directors (1999 - 2005)
    • President (2004 - 2005)
    • Officer (2002 - 2005)
    • Long Range Planning Committee, Chair (2003 - 2004)
  • Fiesta Oyster Bake, Key Volunteer/Main Stage Manager (1995 - present)