Foley & Mansfield
Foley & Mansfield

Jocelyn M. Soriano

Partner - Walnut Creek

jsoriano@foleymansfield.com

510-590-9512

Bar Admissions: California, Oregon, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Practice Groups: Toxic/Mass Tort; Environmental; Personal Injury Defense; Construction Litigation

Education: Rutgers University School of Law, JD, 1993; University of California, Berkeley, 1989

Memberships: Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada; Defense Resource Institute (DRI); Bar Association of San Francisco; Contra Costa Bar Association; Queens Bench

BIOGRAPHY

Jocelyn Soriano, a partner in Foley & Mansfield’s Walnut Creek office, is an experienced trial attorney focused on the defense of complex toxic tort and environmental claims, specifically, asbestos-related products and premises liability.

Jocelyn has managed more than 2000 toxic tort cases and has taken dozens of cases to trial, many resulting in complete dismissals. In nearly two decades of practice, she has successfully defended a broad range of claims of behalf of general contractors, subcontractors, premises owners, product manufacturers and suppliers of building and construction products, industrial equipment, automobile brake and friction products, and automobile manufacturers.

Jocelyn is also an active Discovery Facilitator for the Contra Costa County Superior Court, mediating discovery disputes in a variety of cases including breach of contract, property disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, and other civil matters.

Deeply committed to diversity in the legal profession, Jocelyn actively participates in the firm’s Diversity Committee, helping to develop programs to promote and embrace the diversity of our firm.  She is also focused on creating an environment where women can grow professionally, develop successful careers and flourish as leaders within the firm and in our communities. 

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • 2017 Defense Verdict in the First Asbestos Kidney Cancer Case. Jocelyn defended a leading construction company in the first asbestos-related kidney cancer case tried in State Court. Plaintiff alleged he contracted kidney cancer as a result of his exposure to asbestos and asbestos-containing products while working in Bay Area refineries as a welder. On December 5, 2017, a San Francisco County jury returned a defense verdict as to the negligence-products liability claims. After deliberating for four days, the jury found unanimously that the client did not contribute to Plaintiff's $2.7 million in damages, despite assigning other defendants with liability shares (including one who was side-by-side with our client at trial).

  • Orange County Jury Awards Defense Verdict in Asbestosis Case. Jocelyn defended a cement manufacturer in an asbestosis case tried in Orange County. Plaintiff alleged that he contracted asbestosis and asbestos-related pleural disease as a result of his exposure to raw asbestos and asbestos-containing products during his 40-year plastering career. After deliberating for one day, an Orange County jury returned a complete defense verdict as to the negligence-product liability, failure to warn and design defect claims. The jury specifically found that there was no evidence to establish that the plaintiff suffered from an asbestos-related disease.

PRESENTATIONS

  • Panelist, Chicago Women, Diversity & Change Conference, June, 2019.

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