Janet G. Abaray

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Cincinnati, OH

Burg, Simpson, Eldredge, Hersh & Jardine, P.C.
 | 201 E 5th St, Suite 1340
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-852-5600
Fax: 513-852-5611
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Janet G. Abaray is an attorney at the national law firm Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., and she is the managing shareholder of its Cincinnati, Ohio, office. Focusing her practice on complex civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels, she represents clients throughout the state. Admitted to practice in Ohio, Ms. Abaray is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 6th, 10th, and 11th Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Ms. Abaray’s caseload has encompassed both individual trials and class actions, and it has included employment law matters, insurance coverage, defective products and other personal injury litigation, contract disputes, and health care compliance. She has obtained millions of dollars in compensation for her clients through jury awards and negotiated settlements, and many of her cases have attracted national attention. In one such employment case against a major accounting firm, Ms. Abaray successfully argued that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act should be broadened to cover partners. In an insurance coverage class action matter involving drought insurance policies, she negotiated a multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf of a group of farmers.

    These and other successes both in and out of the courtroom have earned Ms. Abaray a great deal of recognition from her colleagues. She has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 peer-review rating through Avvo, and she has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and included in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. She is a 1982 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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    Practice Areas
    • 40%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 20%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
    • 20%Business Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense, Class Actions, Toxic Torts


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    About Janet Abaray

    Admitted: 1982, Ohio

    Professional Webpage: https://www.burgsimpson.com/attorney/janet-g-abaray/


    • Top 100 Attorney, National Trial Lawyers
    • University of Cincinnati, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences - Distinguished Alumni 2018
    • AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
    • U.S. News – Best Lawyers® – Lawyer of the Year 2014 for Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs, Cincinnati, 2014
    • Best Lawyers® in America, 2011 - 2020
    • The National Trial Lawyers Top 25 - for Mass Torts
    • Judge Carl B. Rubin Legal Society Attorney of the Year, 2013
    • Recommended Attorney, the U.S. Legal 500, 2013 and 2014
    • Best Lawyers in America, Cincinnati – Plaintiff Class Action and Mass Torts, 2014
    • Selected to Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2005-2020
    • Distinguished Service Award, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1998
    • Best Lawyers in mass tort litigation/class actions plaintiffs, 2011-2019
    • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in 2014 in Cincinnati in Mass tort litigation/class actions plaintiffs, 2014
    • Selected for Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, exclusive to women lawyers who have achieved the Highest Possible Rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards:  AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2011
    • Top 100 Attorney, American Trial Lawyers Association 
    • Number 1 Products Liability Firm in the U.S., Martindale Hubbell, 2012

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • The National Trial Lawyers
    • Ohio Bar Association
    • Cincinnati Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • American Association for Justice
    • Chair, Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission, Sub-committee on the Judicial Branch and Administration of Justice
    • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
    • Federal Bar Association (Member, Annual Convention Committee, 2004)
    • Ohio, 1982
    • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
    • U.S. District Courts, Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio
    • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Third, Sixth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
    • U.S. Supreme Court

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission. The Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission was created to make recommendations to the Ohio General Assembly concerning potential revisions to the Ohio Constitution. Chair of the Judicial Branch and Administration of Justice Committee., 2012

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Navigating Preemption After Merck," Trial magazine (January 2020), The American Association for Justice, co-authored with David Harman
    • Health Payer Specialist Interview, "Centene Unit Misled Consumers with Inaccurate Provider Directory, Class-Action Suit Charges" | December 6, 2019
    • NPR Columbus Interview, "All Things Considered", December 4, 2019
    • Cincinnati WCPO, Cincy Lifestyles Interview, "Fighting for Your Rights", June 27, 2019
    • Abaray, Janet G. "If Your Child Has Sustained a Birth Injury." www.burgsimpson.com, April 17, 2019
    • "Keep Defense Experts In Check," Trial Magazine (December 2018), American Association for Justice®, co-authored with David C. Harman, Co-Author , Keep Defense Experts in Check , Trial Magazine, American Association for Justice , 2018
    • Review of reliable evidence, FDA criteria and "gold standard" of proof in prescription drug litigation., Proof of Causation in Prescription Drug Litigation
    • "Looking Around Corners" interview (Super Lawyers® magazine, Ohio/Kentucky 2017), Interview , Looking Around Corners, Super Lawyers Magazine , 2017
    • "Little You, Big Pharma" interview (Delta Sky magazine, August 2015), Interview , Little You, Big Pharma, Delta Sky Magazine , 2015
    • Because patients now play an active role in their medical care decisions and drug companies have many means to communicate risks and benefits directly to patients, the rationale for imposing the "learned intermediary" defense no longer applies. , Author, Modern Realities Render the Learned Intermediary Doctrine Obsolete, ABA, Section of Litigation, Products Liability Vol 21, No.1, 2010

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Business Manager, University of Cincinnati Law Review, 1981-1982
    • Order of the Coif

    Educational Background:

    • University of Cincinnati, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, B.A., summa cum laude, 1979

    Industry Groups

    • American Association For Justice
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    201 E 5th St
    Suite 1340
    Cincinnati, OH 45202

    Phone: 513-852-5600

    Fax: 513-852-5611

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