Joyce B. Margarce is a litigator and former partner in a boutique litigation law firm who has primarily represented international corporations in defense of personal injury lawsuits. She has defended companies against claims of medical and pharmaceutical product liability, alleged injuries on the premises of chemical companies, and chemical exposure.
Ms. Margarce graduated from Pennsylvania State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and business. She started her law career at Rutgers School of Law and transferred to the University of Houston Law School, obtaining her law degree in 1987.
Ms. Margarce is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas.
Ms. Margarce’s experience includes:
- Serving on a team of attorneys acting as national defense counsel in product liability litigation involving a life sustaining medical product.
- Obtaining a defense verdict representing a chemical company in a chemical exposure case.
- Obtaining a defense verdict representing an international chemical company in a premises liability case brought by a sub-contractor.
- Successfully obtaining summary judgment and later successfully arguing the appeal on behalf of an insurance company in a service mark infringement/duty to defend case. Case reported at The Feed Store, Inc. v. Reliance Insurance Company, 774 S.W. 2d 73 (Tex. App.--Houston [14th Dist.] 1989, writ denied).
- Obtaining a defense verdict for a medical device manufacturer against claims alleging the manufacturer’s hip implant was defective.
- Obtaining a defense verdict representing a medical device manufacturer in a lawsuit claiming the manufacturer’s fracture fixation device was defective.
- Leading a team in defending toxic tort exposure cases.
- Successfully obtaining summary judgment for medical products companies in several cases based on the Learned Intermediary Doctrine.
- Defending a trucking company in a personal injury matter while at the same time obtaining insurance coverage for the trucking company.
- Obtaining a favorable settlement for a sub-contractor whose claim was initially denied and who was facing bankruptcy due to the injury he sustained.
- Obtaining a defense verdict in a subrogation case arising from a house fire.
- Obtaining a favorable settlement for a business in a Deceptive Trade Practices Act claim against a sign company.
- Joyce B. Margarce & Michelle R. Scheiffele, Is the Preemption Defense for PMA-Approved Medical Devices in Jeopardy? 75 Defense Counsel Journal 12 (January 2008).