Jonathan D. Orent

Top rated Products Liability attorney in Providence, Rhode Island

Motley Rice
Jonathan D. Orent
Motley Rice

Practice Areas: Products Liability, Class Action & Mass Torts

Licensed in Rhode Island since: 2006

Education: Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017

Motley Rice

40 Westminster Street
5th Floor
Providence, RI 02903 Phone: 855-465-2448 Email: Jonathan D. Orent Visit website


Jonathan Orent litigates for people alleging harm by defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs, including all aspects of discovery and expert development. He represents women suffering from painful side effects associated with pelvic mesh/sling products, hernia patients harmed by mesh repairs, as well as military service members suffering from hearing loss due to allegedly defective earplugs.

Jonathan was appointed lead counsel of hernia mesh litigation In re Atrium Medical Corp. C-QUR Mesh Products Liability Litigation, MDL #2753. He serves as co-lead and co-liaison counsel in the largest consolidated hernia mesh litigation in the country, In re Davol/C.R. Bard Hernia Mesh Multi-Case Management Coordination. Jonathan previously served as co-liaison counsel in the In re Bard Litigation in New Jersey state court and as state court liaison counsel in Massachusetts. He is a member of the litigation team that successfully tried the Barba case to a $100 million verdict in Delaware (later reduced by appeal to $10 million). Jonathan also led the successful appeal to the Massachusetts Court of Appeals, which allowed key evidence relating to Boston Scientific’s alleged knowledge of the potential harm caused by its products. Jonathan is co-chair of the AAJ Hernia Mesh Litigation Group.

In addition to his leadership in hernia mesh litigation, Jonathan is also a member of the Science & Experts Subcommittee for multidistrict litigation filed for U.S. troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2015 and suffered hearing loss or tinnitus after using allegedly defective earplugs manufactured by 3M and its predecessor Aearo Technologies. 

Jonathan also represents communities and people facing personal injury, property damage and economic loss as a result of negligence, environmental hazards or groundwater and soil contamination. In 2008, he litigated against a large New England utility company on behalf of more than 100 Tiverton, R.I., residents who claimed they suffered damages resulting from environmental contamination of their residential property. More recently, Jonathan played a role in the settlement of contamination litigation between members of the Tallevast, Fla., community and a major aerospace defense contractor involving property damage and emotional distress claims resulting from the alleged release of trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE) and other chemicals into the groundwater.

Jonathan has worked on complex litigation against the lead paint industry on behalf of government entities in California, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin, as well as lead poisoning cases for individual children and families against property owners. He also assists with discovery and trial preparation of the firm’s asbestos cases.

Prior to joining Motley Rice in 2005, Jonathan served as a law clerk with the Missouri State Public Defender Youth Advocacy Unit and a legal intern for Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois. Recognized as an AV® rated attorney Martindale-Hubbell®, he has made numerous presentations on a variety of legal matters involving medical device litigation and environmental law. He serves on the Rhode Island Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a group whose mission is to address key community issues and discrimination matters, such as foreclosure scams and the disparate treatment of minority youth, through research and initiatives. Jonathan is President of AG Bell Rhode Island, as well as a member of the Rhode Island Early Intervention Work Group, a group that reviews early intervention services provided to deaf or hard of hearing children between the ages of 0-3 in Rhode Island.

First Admitted: 2004, Massachusetts

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Rhode Island Association for Justice- Board of Governors
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • 2018–2020 Rhode Island Super Lawyers list; Environmental Litigation; Personal Injury – Product: Plaintiff; 2014–2017 Rhode Island Super Lawyers Rising Stars list; Business Litigation; Class action/mass torts; Appellate, Super Lawyers
  • AV rated attorney Martindale-Hubbell
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Licensed In: MA, RI, WI Admitted to Practice Before: U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, District of Rhode Island, and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
Educational Background:
  • B.A., University of Rochester, 2001

Office location for Jonathan D. Orent

40 Westminster Street
5th Floor
Providence, RI 02903


7 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017

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