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Jeffrey A. Holmstrand

44 ½ Fifteenth Street Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
Firm: Grove, Holmstrand & Delk, PLLC
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Overview
Firm

Grove, Holmstrand & Delk, PLLC


Years In Practice

33


Phone Number (304) 905-1961

Jeffrey A. Holmstrand joined Grove, Holmstrand & Delk, PLLC in 2016 where he continues to focus his state-wide practice on defending products liability, mass torts/class actions and complex insurance disputes. He has both acted as lead trial counsel and worked with national counsel in cases involving a wide variety of products including tobacco, prescription medicines, chemicals, and motor vehicles and their tires. Mr. Holmstrand also has an active appellate practice. Over the years has handled dozens of cases before the West Virginia Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Sixth, Eleventh and Federal Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court - including a successful certiorari petition on behalf of an incarcerated prisoner.

Practice Concentrations:

Defense of mass tort and class action claims, including consumer fraud and other statutory claims including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, as well as medical monitoring and other aggregate claims General Products Liability Complex insurance coverage and bad faith disputes Appellate practice in state and federal court

Education:

J.D. University of Michigan (1987) B.G.S. University of Michigan (1984)  

Representative Legal Work and Trial Experience:

  • Co-Lead counsel in an MDL proceeding involving multiple cases under the Telephone Consumer Protection ActLead trial counsel for a variety of cases involving defendants sued under various West Virginia consumer fraud statutes and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
  • Local counsel for a third-party defendant chemical manufacturer in two suits by over 100 plaintiffs claiming a variety of injuries
  • Lead trial counsel for a chemical manufacturer sued by over 50 plaintiffs claiming that occupational exposure to its products (and those of many other defendants) caused a host of neurological conditions and other diseases Appointed liaison counsel on behalf of a sub-group of defendants in a 70-defendant class action filed in West Virginia State court
  • Lead West Virginia counsel (working with multiple national counsel) on behalf of a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer following its voluntary withdrawal of a prescription medicine from the world-wide market in both individual and class action claims
  • Trial counsel (working with national counsel) for a tobacco manufacturer sued as a third-party defendant over claims that cigarette smoking caused plaintiff’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma resulting in the outright dismissal of the claims against the client
  • Lead trial counsel (working with national counsel) for a tire manufacturer whose subsidiary’s allegedly defective tires caused SUV roll-over accidents resulting in the dismissal of all claims against the client Local counsel for a chemical manufacturer over a class action claim that household exposure to its product caused plaintiff’s lung injury  

Honors and Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer-Review Rated AV Preeminent®
  • Best Lawyers in America 2021 - Lawyer of the Year Morgantown Region – Insurance Law
  • Best Lawyers in America 2012, 2018 - Lawyer of the Year Morgantown Region - Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants
  • Best Lawyers in America 2015, 2019 – Lawyer of the Year Morgantown Region - Appellate Practice
  • Best Lawyers in America 2014, 2020 – Lawyer of the Year Morgantown Region - Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Best Lawyers in America 2013 – present - Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants.
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2012 - Insurance Law, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence (2016 – present)
  • SuperLawyers - 2015 - present - Class Actions/Mass Torts

Professional Involvement:

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
      Member, Board of Governors (2007 – 2017), Chair, Amicus Committee (2009 – 2013), President (2015 – 2016), Vice-President (2014 – 2015),               Treasurer (2013 – 2014), Secretary (2012 – 2013)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)    

          Member, Law Institute (2012 – 2018)

          Member, Class Actions Task Force (2015 – present)

          Program Chair, 2013 Class Actions Seminar

          Products Liability Committee Member, Steering Committee (2007- present) Chair, Mass Torts/Class Action Specialized Litigation Group (2007-2009)

          Drug and Medical Device Committee Member, Steering Committee (2012- present)Co-Chair, Class Actions and Multi-Party Litigation SLG (2014 – present)

Legal Authorship:

  • Article, Mike Pennington, Scott B. Smith, and Jeffrey A. Holmstrand, Congress Should Authorize Removal of Counterclaims and Third-Party Claims Pleaded as Class Actions, DRI’s For The Defense 12 (April 2020)
  • Article, Jeffrey A. Holmstrand and Dana Elizabeth Holmstrand, When the Unharmed Plaintiff Sues:  Constitutional Defenses to Class Actions Seeking Statutory Damages, DRI’s For The Defense 56 (September 2019)
  • Article, Hard Cases Can Still Make Bad Law, but Some Courts Properly Resist the Urge: Recent Developments in “Innovator Liability, Rx For The Defense, Volume 26, Issue 4 (on-line publication) (October 25, 2018).
  • Book Chapter, Product Liability Cases and the Duty to Warn: A 50 State Compendium, DRI (2018 update) West Virginia chapter author
  • Article, Constitutional Defenses To Class Actions Seeking Statutory Damages, Rx For The Defense, Volume 25, Issue 4 (on-line publication) (September 28, 2017)
  • Article, James M. Beck and Jeffrey A. Holmstrand, Federal Rules Subcommittee Downsizes Proposed Rule 23 Amendments, Rx For The Defense Volume 24, Issue 2 (on-line publication) (April 15, 2016)
  • Article, No Longer the Teacher’s Pet: Has the Supreme Court Downgraded Aggregate Litigation?, DRI’s For The Defense 55 (November 2013)
  • Article, Living Up to the Hype: Have the Lower Courts Given Dukes Its Due, DRI The Voice Volume 11 Issue 12 (on-line publication) (March 2012
  • Article, Federal Court's Injunction Against State Court Certification Is Reversed, ABA Section of Litigation, Mass Torts Newsletter Fall 2011, Vol. 10, No. 1 (2011)
  • Book Chapter, Product Liability Cases and the Duty to Warn: A 50 State Compendium, DRI (2008) West Virginia chapter author and Regional Editor

Recent Lectures and Presentations:

  • Amanda L. Groves, Jeffrey A. Holmstand, and Lauri A. Mazzuchetti, The Shifting Landscape in TCPA Jurisprudence, IADC Webinar October 2, 2019
  • Defending Against Punitive Damages, DRI Young Lawyer Seminar, Austin, TX, June 2017 
  • Jeffrey A. Holmstrand, David M. Cialkowski, and Glenn Zakaib, Recent Developments in US Class Action Law, Barreau du Quebec, Colloque National Sur Les Recours Collectifs:  Developpements Recents Au Quebec, Au Canada Et Aux Etas-Un
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Bar Admissions
West Virginia
Admitted in 1988
Awards
Lawyer of the Year recognition for Jeffrey A. Holmstrand
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
Insurance Law, Morgantown (2021)
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Morgantown (2020)
Appellate Practice, Morgantown (2019)
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Morgantown (2018)
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Morgantown (2017)
Appellate Practice, Morgantown (2016)
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Morgantown (2015)
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Morgantown (2012)
Education
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, J.D.
Graduated 1987
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, B.G.S.
Graduated 1984
Contact Details and Office Locations
44 ½ Fifteenth Street
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
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