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McGuireWoods LLP

GATEWAY PLAZA, 800 EAST CANAL STREET, RICHMOND, VA 23219, USA
Tel:
Work +1 804 775 1000
Fax:
Fax +1 804 775 1061
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Web:
www.mcguirewoods.com

Sam Tarry

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Work +1 804 775 7873
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McGuireWoods LLP

Work Department

Product and Consumer Litigation

Position

Partner

Career

Chair, Product and Consumer Litigation Department; Member, Trial Practice Steering Committee. Represents clients in tort, environmental, public health litigation in state and federal courts; managed thousands of cases to dismissal or resolution. Served as punitive damages counsel when corporate conduct at issue, coordinating defenses at both trial and appellate levels. Frequent speaker on professional ethics in mass tort litigation.


United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: automotive/transport - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class actions: automotive/transport - defense

Perry Miles leads the Richmond-based automotive product liability practice at McGuireWoods LLP, while Diane Flannery heads the wider product liability environmental and mass tort litigation group. The team regularly handles sector-related product liability claims and class actions. Together with Tracy Walker and Samuel Tarry, Miles is acting as national class action and product liability counsel for Ford; in this capacity, the team was recently involved in a class action concerning allegations of defective door latches in Ford F-150s manufactured between 2015 and 2017. In December 2018, Courtney Shytle joined the office in Columbia from Bowman and Brooke LLP.

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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

Headed by Diane Flannery, McGuireWoods LLP’s practice is particularly active in wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury and consumer fraud litigation, where it regularly represents clients from the equipment, automotive and tobacco industries. Key highlights include defending Lumber Liquidators in two MDLs concerning the presence of carcinogen chemicals in laminate flooring sold by the client, and acting for Universal Corp and Universal Leaf Tobacco Company in several lawsuits relating to children born with birth defects as a result of exposure to hazardous herbicides and pesticides used in the cultivation of tobacco in Argentina. Terrence Bagley, Perry Miles, and Samuel Tarry are other names to note. In summer 2018, Angela Spivey departed to Alston & Bird LLP, but Courtney Shytle, formerly at Bowman and Brooke LLP, joined the Columbia office in December 2018. All partners are based in Richmond unless otherwise indicated.

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