Jodi Dyan Oley



Jodi Dyan Oley has over a decade of experience in civil litigation in state and federal courts. Her national practice includes representation of product liability, construction, Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), and transportation matters. She is also experienced in litigation of toxic tort, mass tort, construction, and class action matters. Jodi represents multiple manufacturers, including manufacturers of automobiles, automotive component parts, consumer products, industrial equipment, and motorcycles. She has extensive experience in discovery and case coordination and has been appointed national discovery counsel for an international automotive manufacturer and acts as regional trial counsel for a national motorcycle manufacturer.

Representative Matters

  • Kostryckyj v. Pentron Lab. Tech., 52 A.3d 333 (Pa. Super. 2012) The Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the lower court’s grant of a motion for summary judgment, holding that the exclusivity provision of the Workers’ Compensation Act (77 P.S. § 481(a)) controlled where evidence to support the exception was lacking.
  • Instrumental in protecting a tire manufacturer’s trade secret formulas on appeal before the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, proving that the formulas were not relevant and not necessary because they could not in themselves indicate whether the manufactured product was defective.
  • Successfully argued motions for summary judgment before the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Professional Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Committee
    • Automotive Specialized Litigation Group Chair
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Penn State Professional Women’s Network of Philadelphia; Past President (2010-2012), Former Board Member and Technology Chair (2009-2010)
  • Wills for Heroes, County Coordinator for Chester County

Awards and Recognition:

  • Selected for inclusion in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Star
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Law
  • Selected by the Pennsylvania Bar Association to receive the Verdina Y. Showell Award for outstanding community service and commitment to the Wills for Heroes program

News and Insights


  • Autonomous Vehicle Legislative Survey, compiled by Brian S. Haney, Jodi Dyan Oley, Karen O. Moury, and Monakee D. Marseille, October 2018.
  • “New Legislation Creates Enhanced Duties for Manufacturers of Children’s Products: It’s Time to Get the Lead Out,” co-authored, Mass Tort Journal, American Bar Association.
  • “Lack of Reliable Foundation,” a chapter appearing in The Daubert Compendium (2011).


Speaking Engagements

  •  “Defending Traditional Automotive Product Defect Actions in 2018 and Beyond: Spotlight on Roof Strength, Seat Back Deformities and Ejection Mitigation Theories” panelist at ACI Automotive Product Liability Litigation Conference.  July 19-20, 2018.
  • “Spoliation of the Subject Vehicle: Dude Where’s Your Car?” DRI Product Liability Conference in Phoenix, AZ, April 2014.
  • Prepared the Product Liability Case Law Update for the Third Circuit, DRI Product Liability Conference, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.
  • “Have Foreign Plaintiffs Become Shopaholics? Responding to Global Forum Shopping,” DRI Product Liability Conference in New Orleans, LA, April 2011.