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Kimberly Branscome

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Kimberly Branscome is a trial lawyer with a particular emphasis in mass tort  and products liability litigation. She has served as trial counsel in a number of high-profile cases, including In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. Her experience includes environmental and toxic tort, product and professional liability, and securities matters. Kimberly served as trial counsel for GM in the second federal bellwether trial, Barthelemy Spain v. GM, and the first state bellwether trial, Stevens v. GM. Each trial resulted in a defense verdict for GM.


Harvard Law School, J.D., 2007, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Executive Editor; Vanderbilt University, B.E., Biochemical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, 2004 magna cum laude.

United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: consumer products (including tobacco) - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class actions: consumer products (including tobacco) - defense

Kirkland & Ellis LLP regularly represents manufacturers and distributors in MDLs and class actions. In Chicago, Andrew McGaan and Richard Godfrey represented Celanese Corporation in a putative multi-state class action claiming negligence and strict liability in the design and sale of plastic plumbing pipes sold to homeowners in 24 states. Mike Brock in Washington and Kimberly Branscome in Los Angeles are representing Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary in two state actions, in which plaintiffs allege that the talc used in talc powder products is contaminated with asbestos.

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Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense

The toxic tort litigation department at Kirkland & Ellis LLP has vast experience handling toxic tort claims arising from chemicals exposure, water contamination and air pollution, among others incidents. In recent highlights, Chicago-based Kevin Van Wart and Bradley Weidenhammer successfully defended DuPont, General Electric and other government contractors in several lawsuits, in which plaintiffs alleged radioactive emissions from Washington State’s Hanford Nuclear Reservation caused cancers and other diseases. In addition, Eugene Assaf and Michael Williams in Washington continue to act as national counsel and lead trial counsel for BASF Catalysts in several asbestos-related product liability lawsuits. Other standout highlights include representing BP America in the ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill litigation, where it recently reached a settlement in a Louisiana case, and acting for Dow Chemical in a drinking water contamination action brought by the Suffolk County Water Authority. Jay Lefkowitz in New York and Kimberly Branscome in Los Angeles are other names to note.

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