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Perry Miles

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McGuireWoods LLP

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Product and Consumer Litigation




Perry principally represents corporate defendants in high-exposure product liability matters both nationally and regionally. He has tried to verdict numerous matters in federal and state courts in Virginia and other states. He also has represented corporate clients in commercial litigation matters, class actions, warranty and consumer fraud litigation, toxic tort matters, and personal injury cases. He has handled all aspects of defense litigation, including discovery, in single, class-action and multidistrict litigation, as well as advanced motions practice, corporate witness preparation, technical defenses and expert witness testimony, excluding or limiting adverse expert testimony, internal investigations, litigation testing, trial work, and appellate practice. As defense counsel for a Big Three automaker, Perry has tried multiple-week, high-exposure cases, often in challenging jurisdictions. He has defended the automaker in product liability lawsuits alleging defects in various components and systems, including fuel systems, door latching and locking systems, tires, restraint systems, and electrical systems. He has first-chaired jury trials to verdict in Arkansas, Florida and Alabama, and participated in jury trials in Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Perry has defended a wide range of companies − including manufacturers of firearms, smoke alarms, elevators, escalators, commercial appliances, ladders and other products − in Virginia and other jurisdictions against allegations of negligence and defect. Perry has served as an adjunct professor of law, teaching appellate advocacy at the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, Perry served as law clerk for Justice Elizabeth B. Lacy of the Supreme Court of Virginia. While earning his law degree, Perry was honored as a member of the McNeil Law Society (now Order of the Coif).


University of Richmond, JD, magna cum laude, 1998; University of Virginia, BA, 1993

United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport

McGuireWoods LLPDiane Flannery heads the products, environmental and mass tort litigation practice and Perry Miles leads the automotive product liability practice group. Miles continues to act as lead trial counsel to Ford in product liability litigation and, together with Samuel Tarry and automotive expert Tracy Walker, co-heads the consumer class action team, which continues to serve as national counsel to Ford in consumer fraud class actions. Mazda, Volkswagen and Olympus are also clients of the firm. All named partners are based in Richmond.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

McGuireWoods LLP’s products, environmental and mass tort litigation practice is headquartered in Richmond and handles matters in the food, equipment, tobacco and recreational products industries. Practice head Diane Flannery continues to act as lead counsel in the defense of Lumber Liquidators in two MDLs concerning the presence of chemicals in laminate flooring sold by the client, one of which has been settled. In other work, Terrence Bagley and Atlanta-based Angela Spivey act as national labeling counsel to food company Conagra and successfully defended the client in several putative class actions and class certification cases. Perry Miles and Samuel Tarry are also recommended. All partners are based in Richmond, unless otherwise indicated.

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