Kate Jaycox Elected to Serve as the Chair of the American Association for Justice Women Trial Lawyers Caucus
By Caroline Moos
Robins Kaplan Partner Kate Jaycox has been elected to chair the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Women Trial Lawyers Caucus (WTLC), an organization comprising 4,100 female trial lawyers throughout the country. She was installed at AAJ’s Annual Convention this past summer in Las Vegas.
At the February 2022 AAJ Winter Convention in Palm Springs, California, the WTLC presented its biennial Women’s Leadership Summit under Kate’s leadership. The summit was a huge success, with over 175 registrants — the most in its history — for the two-day program. In lieu of paying attendance fees, registrants donated over $4,300 to the Mike Eidson Law Student Scholarship. From this fund, the WTLC annually awards $5,000 to a female student entering her third year of law school who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer.
Kate also emceed the Women’s Caucus Brunch, open to all AAJ Winter Convention attendees. At the event, Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-CA) spoke about the importance of AAJ’s mission and celebrated the success of a recently passed congressional bill to end forced arbitration in cases of sexual assault and harassment.
Kate currently also serves as the vice president of the Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ). For more than a decade, she has served on both the AAJ Board of Governors and MAJ’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors. She has received multiple awards from AAJ and MAJ, including AAJ’s “Above and Beyond” award in 2018 and 2020, MAJ “Member of the Year” in 2017, and AAJ New Lawyer’s Division Excellence Award in 2013 and 2014. Kate is also a 2016 graduate of AAJ’s Leadership Academy.
In her legal practice, Kate represents hundreds of individuals and families who have been injured by the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. She focuses on complex civil litigation, products liability, and personal injury mass tort cases. She is currently leading the In Re Injectafer consolidated litigation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and has served on various litigation leadership committees in multi-district litigations, including in Zofran (D. Mass), Chantix (N.D. Ala), DePuy ASR (N.D. Ohio), and DePuy Pinnacle (N.D. Tex). She was named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2021 for Mass Torts/Class Actions – Plaintiffs; listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 2018; named a Minnesota Super Lawyer since 2018; and named a “Minnesota Rising Star” by Super Lawyers from 2010 to 2014.
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