Jane Ennis Kane

Special Counsel

Jane's practice is concentrated in the areas of construction litigation, products liability, premises liability, insurance defense and legal malpractice. She has handled dozens of personal injury cases, many of which have involved fatalities, brain damage and other catastrophic injuries. As well, Jane has handled dozens of multi-party complex construction accident lawsuits with claims of death and catastrophic injuries.

Jane also represents and defends a variety of manufacturers and their products including motor vehicles, construction equipment, construction vehicles and power tools. As well, she has handled numerous premises liability lawsuits 

In 1983, Jane graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelors of Science degree. She earned her juris doctor from Widener University School of Law in 1986.

Significant Representative Matters

Successfully defended a general contractor in complex litigation. Plaintiff's decedent was struck late at night by an oncoming motor vehicle while riding a bicycle through an ongoing construction project in the vicinity in which there was both high-volume motor vehicle traffic and pedestrian travel. He sustained injuries rendering him a quadriplegic and, six months later, ultimately died from his injuries.

Successfully defended a construction manager in case where plaintiff, a plumber, alleged catastrophic injuries resulting from his fall through a floor in an allegedly dilapidated housing project at which he was working.

Successful defense of a commercial HVAC contractor arising out of a fire and subsequent death of two Philadelphia firefighters, significant injuries to a third firefighter, and severe property damage to a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Successful defense of the target product liability defendant in a lawsuit filed by a zoo stemming from a fire and subsequent death of 23 primates where the demand was $22 million.

Successful conclusion of a high-exposure product liability lawsuit arising out of a construction site accident where plaintiff suffered personal injuries when the front windshield of the cab of his construction vehicle fell onto his head.

Successful conclusion in the defense of a Fortune 500 manufacturer of compressors, arising from an incident during which plaintiff's clothes caught fire and plaintiff was severely burned.

Defense verdict in a case stemming from a residential fire allegedly caused by a defective water heater.

Published Works

"Does Pennsylvania’s Act 86 Require an Insurer to Provide Notice to an Insured Before Policy Expiration?," Defense Digest, Vol. 21, No. 4, December 2015

Admissions
Pennsylvania
1986
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
1990
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
1990
Education
Widener University School of Law (J.D., 1986)
West Chester University (B.S., cum laude, 1983)
Honors & awards
Associations & memberships
Philadelphia Bar Association
Year joined
2004