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Jayne Anderson Risk

Jayne Anderson Risk

Senior Counsel

Jayne Risk is an experienced litigator, trial and appellate attorney whose primary areas of practice include complex commercial and business counseling and  litigation, as well as class action, toxic tort, insurance, FCA, real estate, professional liability, malpractice and product liability litigation. Jayne also has experience with the direct defense of aging services facilities in lawsuits asserting professional liability, personal injury, negligence, elder abuse, wrongful death and other related claims.

Jayne represents domestic and international clients including fiber optics, technology, data storage, software, insurance, real estate services and pharmaceutical companies, as well as manufacturers of flavorings and food, vertical and horizontal transportation devices, environmental containment, industrial machinery, automotive and consumer products.

Jayne's extensive experience includes counseling, litigation, mediation, trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts. She has tried and mediated cases in state and federal venues throughout the US and has managed teams of lawyers nationwide and globally including developing and managing clients' national litigation programs. .She counsels clients on complex issues including global litigation and risk management, planning, training, coordination and strategy, risk avoidance and management, as well as privacy, investigations, compliance, training and code development.


Jayne is the Hiring Partner for DLA Piper's Philadelphia office. 

  • Leadership Alliance for Women, Global Steering Committee
Bar admissionsNew YorkPennsylvania
CourtsSupreme Court of the United StatesUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of PennsylvaniaUnited States District Court for the Middle District of PennsylvaniaUnited States District Court for the Western District of PennsylvaniaUnited States District Court for the Southern District of New YorkUnited States Court of Appeals for the Third CircuitSupreme Court of New York


Representative Matters
  • Represented global pharmaceutical manufacturer in complex global  RICO and fraud case and attained dismissal in federal court and subsequent favorable resolution of matter
  • Represented global real estate brokerage firm at trial in USDC EDPA in complex real estate fraud case to defense verdict
  • Represented global product manufacturer at trial - attained favorable resolution of matter
  • Represented global product manufacturer in appeal of personal jurisdiction in Court of Appeals NY - granted dismissal
  • Representation of software developer in commercial/intellectual properties lawsuit alleging trade secrets misappropriation and contract licensing issues brought by a competing software developer in federal court. The case raised complex licensing issues as well as legal issues regarding the scope of the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Act. Worked with client and counsel for plaintiff resulting in very favorable early settlement of the case prior to discovery
  • Representation of Major League Baseball minor league team in breach of contract lawsuit in federal court involving naming rights and licensing issues. After litigation and appeal of discovery–related issue of first impression involving Pennsylvania's Right To Know law, client prevailed on motion for summary judgment on the merits of all issues
  • Defended global real estate firm in breach of contract/breach of fiduciary duty double-derivative shareholder lawsuit involving litigation in New York and Delaware to include underlying licensing issues. We filed a pre-answer motion to dismiss on the basis of res judicata and collateral estoppel that was granted by the New York trial court. Plaintiffs appealed to the Supreme Court's Appellate Division, which unanimously affirmed the lower court's decision, with costs. The Appellate Division further denied plaintiff's motion for leave to reargue the appeal or, alternatively, to appeal to the Court of Appeals of New York
  • Manage global representation of leading global provider of managed information, cloud and recovery services technology
  • Manage representation of global leader in manufacture and distribution of flavorings/seasonings in mass tort litigation involving exposure to products; resulting in dismissal from all cases
  • Representation of global pharmaceutical company in False Claims Act qui tam litigation
  • Representation of national bank in banking data access services class action 
  • Representation of leading global tire manufacturer as regional trial counsel and national discovery counsel
  • Representation of Pennsylvania State Insurance Commissioner in long term care insurance receivership including related appeal to PA Supreme Court
  • Representation of baseball team and entertainment company including  appeal to PA Commonwealth Court and PA Supreme Court relating to third- party disclosure obligations under new state Right to Know Law
  • Representation of  global package delivery company as national coordinating counsel, including all aspects of litigation and trial in general litigation matters
  • Representation as national trial counsel for  general liability cases for a global  delivery company, including all aspects of litigation and trial in general litigation matters as well as management of counsel on a national level
  • Representation as multi-regional trial counsel for a global vertical transportation company, including all aspects of litigation and trial in product liability, general and commercial matters as well as management of counsel and trial teams on a national level
  • Represented global pharmaceutical company in all aspects of litigation arising from the distribution of federally approved drugs  including multi-district litigation and class action claims
  • Representation of sports management company and baseball  team in naming rights litigation
  • Defended and prosecuted copyright and trademark matters for global materials manufacturers
  • Defended to verdict and through appeal numerous product liability matters
  • Defended to verdict and through appeal commercial matters involving complex contract issues
  • Defended foreign parent company of a global automotive component manufacturer to numerous successful dismissals in state and federal jurisdictions nationwide
  • Obtained favorable decisions from Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirming trial and appellate court rulings relating to Pennsylvania procedural law 
  • Obtained favorable decision from Pennsylvania Supreme Court relating to issue of authority of Commonwealth Court in review of Insurance Commissioner decisions in insurance receiverships
  • Obtained favorable rulings  from Pennsylvania Superior Court relating to admissibility of evidence
  • Successful affirmation on appeal of district court decision in executive employment action on behalf of global software corporation
  • Defended global pharmaceutical company to successful dismissal of lawsuits in multi-district litigation
  • Case dismissal of banking and data access services class action against national bank
  • Case dismissal of global product manufacturer in state court on basis of lack of personal jurisdiction
  • Case dismissal on summary judgment of global insurance company on high exposure coverage issue
  • Obtained favorable decision from Pennsylvania Supreme Court relating to issue of authority of Commonwealth Court in review of Insurance Commissioner decisions in insurance receiverships
  • Case dismissal of global tire manufacturer in product liability action case of first impression
  • Case dismissal of global real estate corporation in fraud and conspiracy action including affirmance of ruling on appeal
  • Negotiated voluntary dismissal for client national advertising corporation relating to allegations of discriminatory business and advertising  practices
  • Negotiated dismissal of mass tort actions against global flavorings manufacturer on basis of lack of product identification
  • Negotiated successful resolution in case against media technology company involving on line streaming services
  • Negotiated successful resolution for client  telephone service and routing provider relating to FCC claims, including successful defense against Motion to Dismiss or Transfer and appeal in United States District Court  District New Jersey and the United States Circuit Court Third Circuit
  • Negotiated successful resolution for client health care services provider in commercial dispute with Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • Law Degree (Licenciatura en Derecho), Harvard Leadership Program 2010
  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law 1997
    Theodore Reimel Moot Court Winner
  • M.P.A., Public Policy and Management, Pennsylvania State University 1986
    Presidential Intern Scholar
    summa cum laude

Insight Overview

Jayne lectures on such civil litigation practice topics as management of the in-house/local counsel/national counsel relationship, management of electronic discovery from a national and global perspective, evidentiary issues and expert and in-house expert development.



  • Presenter, "In A Flash A Lesson in Cyber Security," July 21, 2015
  • Co-Presenter, “At What Cost,” Client In-House Annual Meeting (November 2013)
  • Instructor, "Trial Advocacy and Anti Corruption Training", Tanzania Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau, May 2015
  • Co-Presenter, "In-house Counsel and Privilege Issues", March 2015

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association