A veteran of more than 117 jury trials, Jay is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group. Jay is a civil litigation and trial attorney, focusing his practice over the past 35 years on the defense of insurers and corporations of toxic tort, products liability defense, insurance coverage, construction defect, employment litigation, personal injury defense and medical malpractice. Jay has represented virtually all of the national and major regional pest control companies, pesticide manufacturers and their insurers in defense litigation, and has now handled more than 550 such cases.
Jay also specializes in environmental law from the insurance perspective, having handled numerous insurance coverage issues and liability cases on behalf of both insurers and corporations during his career. This particular expertise has been recognized by the American Bar Association. The association chose him to participate in its subcommittee focusing on revisions of the Comprehensive General Liability Policy, with special emphasis on rewriting the “sudden and accidental” pollution exclusion, which is now standard in most CGL insurance policies.
In recent years, with the rise in internet advertising and intellectual property claims, Jay has defended insureds and litigated coverage for these claims under the current Insurance Services Office policy forms. An FAA licensed pilot, Jay also handles selected aviation matters, including cases before the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board. Jay is a panel counsel for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
- Arrow Exterminators, Inc. v. Gates Condominium Homeowners Association, 294 Ga. App. 620, 669 S.E.2d 421 (2008)
- Smith v. Orkin Exterminating Co., Inc., 258 Ga. 705, 373 S.E.2d 740 (1988)
- Fouch v. Mine Safety Appliances, et. al., 326 Ga. App. 863, 756 S. E.2d 682 (2014)
- Barlow v. Orkin Exterminating Co., Inc., 196 Ga. App. 822, 397 S.E.2d 170 (1990)
- Orkin Exterminating Co., Inc. v. Flowers, 187 Ga. App. 270, 370 S.E.2d 29 (1988)
- Raley v. Terminix Intern. Co., L.P., 215 Ga. App. 324, 450 S.E.2d 343 (1994)
- Orkin Exterminating Co. v. Morrison, 187 Ga. App. 780, 371 S.E.2d 407 (1988)
- Leigan v. Sears Roebuck & Co., 248 Ga. App. 145, 546 S.E.2d 293 (2001)
- Gale Industries, Inc. v. O’Hearn, 257 Ga. App. 220, 570 S.E.2d 661 (2002)
- Nunn v. Orkin Exterminating Co., Inc., 256 Ga. 558, 350 S.E.2d 425 (1986)
- Smith v. Branch, 226 Ga. App. 626, 487 S.E.2d 35 ( 1997)
- Georgia Mutual Ins. Co., Inc. v. Rollins, Inc., 209 Ga. App. 744, 434 S.E.2d 581 (1993)
- Boyd v. Orkin Exterminating Co., Inc., 191 Ga. App. 38, 381 S.E.2d 295 (1989)