Overview

Jeanine M. Donohue is a skilled litigator with more than 20 years of complex litigation experience, representing clients in state and federal courts and in various ADR proceedings. Drawing on her experience in products liability, professional liability, bankruptcy, insurance coverage and employment law, she approaches clients’ challenges with a broad, strategic perspective. A natural leader, she quickly establishes rapport among colleagues and adverse parties alike.

Before joining Schiff Hardin, Jeanine served as general counsel for several asbestos trusts. She managed all outside trust litigation, including insurance coverage litigation, bankruptcy, and adversary proceedings. She was also a litigation associate in a San Francisco-based law firm.

  • Experience

    • Served as co-counsel for The Flintkote Company, a bankrupt construction products manufacturing company, and its creditors’ committees representing hundreds of thousands of claimants, in an almost decade long, phased complex litigation against its former ultimate parent corporation. The case, involving allegations of intentional and constructive fraudulent conveyance and alter ego, resulted in a $575 million settlement, one of the largest settlements reached in the past decade in a fraudulent conveyance case.
    • Served as co-counsel for two law firms who were sued by a dissolved law firm for unfinished business profits. Successfully argued that the dissolved firm was not entitled to any claw back.
    • Represented multiple plaintiffs injured by asbestos-containing products in a unique case against a major insurance company, alleging that the company aided and abetted a corporation’s battery and fraud of its plant workers. Case settled favorably after obtaining a tentative decision for plaintiffs.
    • Spearheaded a fact investigation regarding 20-year law firm representation in a continuous representation statute of limitations trial (part of a complex fraudulent transfer matter).
    • Defended a large construction company in insurance coverage action and through vigorous defense, extracted company from litigation with excellent results.
    • Defended major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in litigation involving clinical trials as well as prescription and OTC medicines.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1992
    • Trinity College, Dublin, University of Dublin, Postgraduate Studies in International Political Economies, 1989
      Rotary Scholar
    • Bryn Mawr College, A.B., Political Science, 1987

    Bar Admissions

    • California
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California