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Product liability, mass tort and class actions: automotive/transport - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class actions: automotive/transport - defense - ranked: tier 1

Bowman and Brooke LLP

Jointly led by Phoenix-based Paul Cereghini and Bard Borkon in Minneapolis, the team at Bowman and Brooke LLP is praised for ‘achieving superior results’ in the automotive arena and covers the whole range of product liability lawsuits, class action defense and mass tort litigation in the auto sector. Recent highlights include defending several automotive manufacturers including Ferrari, Jaguar and Tesla against lemon law and warranty claims, and also representing Honda and BMW in the Takata airbag MDL. In another highlight, Thomas Branigan in Detroit acted for BMW North America as lead trial counsel in litigation regarding crash avoidance technology. Other significant clients include Nissan, Hyundai and Mazda. The highly regarded Vincent Galvin in San Jose and Columbia-based Joel Smith are other key members of the practice. Courtney Shytle departed to McGuireWoods LLP in December 2018.

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Product liability, mass tort and class actions: consumer products (including tobacco) - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class actions: consumer products (including tobacco) - defense - ranked: tier 3

Bowman and Brooke LLP

Bowman and Brooke LLP has a wealth of experience in a number of sectors, including construction, e-cigarettes, recreational products and sport equipment. Of particular note, the team is acting for helmet manufacturer Riddell as national counsel in the high-profile NFL concussion litigation. Further, the team represented Yamaha Motor in propeller guard product liability litigation involving marine accidents of outboard motors. Firm head Paul Cereghini in Phoenix and head of the consumer products group Michelle Gilboe in Minneapolis are the key members of the practice. Richmond-based Eden Darrell was made partner in January 2019. Other clients include Masco Corporation and RazorUSA.

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Product liability, mass tort and class actions: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class actions: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 2

Bowman and Brooke LLP

The team of ‘true problem solvers’ at Bowman and Brooke LLP ‘provides solid guidance throughout the pendency of litigation’. Head of the medical devices practice Kim Schmid is ‘smart, strategic and knows the life sciences space better than most’, while pharmaceutical practice head Randall Christian in Austin is ‘creative in finding solutions to obtain early dismissals and efficiently manages high-stakes complex discovery and litigation’. Together with Barry Koopmann, Schmid is representing Exactech in product liability claims relating to bone and joint restoration products including implants used in hip, knee and shoulder arthroplasties. Other highlights include acting for several manufacturers of diabetes medication in product liability lawsuits and defending Spineology against defect claims involving spinal and surgical products. Pharmaceutical expert Mary Pawelek in Austin is also recommended and Jennifer Bullard became partner in January 2019. Unless otherwise stated, all named partners are based in Minneapolis.

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Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense - ranked: tier 3

Bowman and Brooke LLP

Jointly headed by Richard Morgan and David Lutz in Minneapolis, Bowman and Brooke LLP is regularly involved in chemical exposure cases, but also handles water contamination claims. Orlando-based Jon Hernan is representing WM Barr in personal injury and product liability claims involving chemical exposure and accidents; this recently included a wrongful death lawsuit involving acute exposure to hazardous chemicals while using a product manufactured by the client. Other work includes acting as lead trial counsel for Mack Trucks in asbestos-related cases, and defending Daikin Applied in asbestos litigation.

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