Jesse D. Rodgers

Partner

Jesse D. Rodgers is a Partner in the Denver and New York offices of Lewis Brisbois and member of the Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation, Products Liability and General Liability Practice Groups. Jesse joined Lewis Brisbois in December 2013 as an Associate specializing in asbestos and toxic tort matters. His additional areas of practice include general liability, products liability, professional malpractice, and premises liability claims. In addition to taking and defending numerous depositions, Jesse has successfully prepared and argued numerous motions, including motions for summary judgment, motions to compel discovery and motions in limine. He has also successfully defended several appeals in the Colorado Court of Appeals. Jesse practices in the state and federal courts of Colorado, New York and New Jersey. 

After graduating law school, Jesse served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable N. Peter Conforti, J.S.C., of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Sussex County. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Jesse practiced at a New Jersey-based regional law firm where he focused his practice in general liability and toxic tort matters. 

Legal Experience

  • In April 2021, briefed and won an appeal in the Denver County District Court on behalf of a national transportation company in a property damage case in which a bus collided with a plaintiff’s vehicle causing property damage.  At a bench trial in Denver County Court, the Court had found in favor of our client and ruled that the plaintiff was 99% at fault for opening his car door into the path of the moving bus.  Plaintiff then appealed to the Denver County District Court.  In a 7-page decision, the District Court ruled that the County Court’s evidentiary rulings and judgment were appropriate, and declined to overturn the defense verdict.
  • In December 2020, briefed and won summary judgment in Boulder County District Court on behalf of a national bus company in a catastrophic injury case in which a bus collided with plaintiff, a pedestrian.  The Court granted summary judgment in favor of our client, dismissing all claims related to negligent hiring, training, supervision and retention of the bus driver, and also dismissed our client from the case entirely.  In January 2021, the same Court denied Plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration. 
  • In August 2019, won summary judgment in Denver County District Court on behalf of a national RV dealership franchise in a catastrophic wrongful death injury case in which plaintiffs alleged our client was an alter ego and/or joint venture with other co-defendants. The Court granted summary judgment in favor of our client, dismissing all of plaintiffs’ claims with prejudice.
  • In August 2019, briefed and won an appeal in the Colorado Court of Appeals affirming the trial court’s granting of summary judgment on behalf of three attorneys and three law firms in a legal malpractice case in which the plaintiff alleged professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duties and breach of contract.
  • In July 2018, won summary judgment in Denver County District Court on behalf of three individual attorneys and three law firms in a legal malpractice case in which the plaintiff alleged professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duties and breach of contract.  Jesse helped obtain an award for costs and fees for these clients as well. 
  • In November 2017, argued and won partial motion to dismiss in a Bergen County, New Jersey products liability case involving a lithium ion e-cigarette battery.
  • In September 2016, co-chaired a trial in the NYC Asbestos Litigation on behalf of a Fortune 500 electrical distribution company, assisting lead trial counsel and national counsel.
  • In July 2014, argued and won summary judgment in a Middlesex County, New Jersey asbestos case.
  • In 2013, obtained defense verdict at a criminal bench trial on behalf of indigent defendant in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey on charges of assault and trespassing.

Publications

  • “California court upholds BLM decision to rescind fracking regulations”, Guest Columnist, Environment: Policy & Law, Vol. 31, No. 1 (April 2020)
  • “Clean energy rules final version facing ongoing legal wrangling”, Guest Columnist, Environment: Policy & Law, Vol. 30, No. 4 (July 2019)
  • “US Supreme Court’s new season includes key environment cases”, Guest Columnist, Environment: Policy & Law, Vol. 29, No. 7 (October 2018)
  • “Ruling on natural gas wells may disappoint environmental NGOs”, Guest Columnist, Environment: Policy & Law, Vol. 29, No. 3 (June 2018)
  • “Colorado River case highlights needs for ‘right to life’ for rivers”, Guest Columnist, Environment: Policy & Law, Vol. 28, No. 9 (December 2017)
  • “Trump order raises questions on future of US climate policy”, Guest Columnist, Environment: Policy & Law, Vol. 28, No. 1 (April 2017)
  • “Trump election signals change in U.S. environmental policies”, Guest Columnist, Environment: Policy & Law, Vol. 27, No. 8 (November 2016)
  • “Regulatory reaction possible to increased marijuana cultivation”, Guest Columnist, Environment: Policy & Law, Vol. 27, No. 3 (June 2016)
  • “US election could tip the scales on dispute over EPA guidelines”, Guest Columnist, Environment: Policy & Law, Vol. 26, No. 12 (March 2016)
  • "Mortgage Modification Meltdown: When Will Congress Take the Plight of Homeowners Seriously?", 35 Seton Hall Legis. J. 130 (December 2010) - Seton Hall Legislative Journal

Community Activities

  • 2008-Present, Regional Admissions Volunteer, Boston University
  • 2018-Present, Mentor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law Professional Mentoring Program

Prior Experience

During law school, Jesse served as the Senior Notes Editor of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal, and participated in Seton Hall Law's Civil Litigation Clinic. He interned with the Honorable Katharine S. Hayden, U.S.D.J., of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. During his last two years of law school, he served as a Research Assistant for Professor Bernard K. Freamon.

Jesse has served as a court-appointed mediator for the Superior Court of New Jersey. He has also successfully represented clients at trial who have been charged with criminal offenses in New Jersey municipal courts. 

Admissions

  • State Bar Admissions
    • Colorado
    • New Jersey
    • New York
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
    • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Admissions

New York

New Jersey

Colorado

United States District Court, District of Colorado

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

United States District Court, Southern District of New York

United States District Court, Eastern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Associations

  • Member, 2017-Present, Denver Bar Association
  • Member, 2017-Present, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, 2012-Present, New York State Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Guest Columnist – Environment: Policy & Law (Ontario, Canada)
  • 2013 Empire State Counsel, for substantial pro bono services by the New York State Bar Association

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2011

Boston University

Bachelor of Arts in History and International Relations, 2007

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