Janice Byington has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 1998, and her primary practice areas include civil litigation, health law, personal injury and professional liability. Janice has represented physicians, dentists and nurses before their respective boards, and has defended hospitals and various health care professionals against liability claims. She brings a unique and client-centered perspective to the firm’s health law practice, having been employed as a Registered Nurse for over 10 years in both adult and neonatal critical care units before pursuing her legal career.
In addition to her focus on health care, Janice has represented various businesses in litigation claims concerning product liability, premises liability, construction design/defect, and other forms of product liability. Noteworthy cases include defending manufacturers in complex multi-party lawsuits regarding toxic tort litigation (asbestos), and defending automotive parts manufacturers against claims of defective seat belts, air bags, and door latches. Janice has also prepared insurance coverage opinions/letters to or on behalf of insurance companies.
Janice received her J.D. (cum laude) from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1998, and holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) from Texas A&M University. Her work has been recognized with the Corpus Juris Secundum Award for excellence in torts.
Janice remains active in the legal community through participation in the Austin Bar Association, DRI, and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. She also enjoys volunteering at her children’s high school and, in particular, supporting the high school’s marching band program.
Professional and Community Activities
- Represented physicians before the Texas Medical Board
- Represented dentists before the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
- Represented nurses before the Texas Board of Nursing
- Represented hospitals, physicians, nurses and other medical personnel involved in litigation concerning professional liability claims
- Represented hospital in qui tam action brought by state and federal agencies
- Represented corporations, medical personnel, and individuals before various courts of appeal concerning a wide variety of legal issues
- Represented corporations in litigation concerning product liability claims (including claims concerning defective elevators and escalators)
- Represented corporations in litigation concerning premises liability claims
- Represented engineering firms involving litigation concerning construction design/defect claims
- Represented leading manufacturers in complex multi-party lawsuits concerning toxic tort litigation (asbestos)
- Represented automobile and component-part manufacturers in litigation concerning automotive product liability claims (including claims concerning defective seat belts, air bags, door latches and seat backs)
- Prepared insurance coverage opinions/letters to or on behalf of insurance companies
- State Bar of Texas (admitted 1998)
- Judicial Intern for Chief Justice Elizabeth Kovachevich of the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida (1998)
- Judicial Intern for the Second District Court of Appeal, Tampa, Florida (Spring 1997)
- Certified Intern by the Florida Supreme Court (1997)
- Previously licensed as a Registered Nurse in Ontario, Canada in 1986
- Previously licensed as a Registered Nurse in Texas in 1987
- Previously employed as a Registered Nurse in the specialty areas of Intensive Care Unit/Coronary Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (1986-1996; 1998)
- Previously employed at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital (formerly Spohn Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas), Driscoll Children’s Hospital (Corpus Christi, Texas), and Central Texas Medical Center (San Marcos, Texas)
- By way of a Nursing Agency, previously worked in the intensive care units at Brackenridge Hospital, St. David’s and South Austin Medical Center (Austin, Texas)