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Paul Cereghini

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Bowman and Brooke LLP

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Product Liability, Class Action and Multi-district Litigation, Automotive.


Paul Cereghini is one of Bowman and Brooke’s top trial lawyers and has been widely recognized as one of the best product liability trial lawyers in the United States. He defends product manufacturers nationally and has personally defended cases in more than 40 states. Among his most visible assignments, Paul was chosen by Yamaha to try its bellwether cases involving its Rhino side-by-side off-road vehicle which was under attack in hundreds of cases nationwide. He also serves as lead counsel for Riddell in the NFL player concussion litigation.

Describing Paul as "very meticulous in his preparation and attention to detail, as well as thoughtful and thorough in his arguments," (2016) Chambers USA has identified him as a top trial lawyer nationally in automotive product liability for eleven consecutive years, 2008-2018. Recognized by The Legal 500, he was called out again as one of eight Leading Lawyers in the United States in the field of automotive/transport product liability defense in 2008-2017, acclaimed as “an excellent trial attorney who is aggressive and very technologically capable,” (2009) and “an outstanding trial lawyer” (2012) who instills in clients much confidence in his courtroom.

As one of the firm’s founding attorneys, Paul focuses his practice on defending household name corporations, including manufacturers of automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, helmets, material handling equipment, electrical components and medical devices against product liability and other major liability claims. In his cases, Paul frequently deals with mechanical engineers, computer scientists, incident reconstructionists, biomechanics and other technical experts. He has defended his clients to verdict in more than three dozen catastrophic injury and wrongful death trials and defends multi-plaintiff consolidated matters and class action.


Paul is a member of Product Liability Advisory Council, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute and the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.


Arizona State University - College of Law, J.D., 1984 and University of Arizona, B.S./B.A., 1981

United States: Dispute resolution

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

Within: Leading lawyers

Paul Cereghini - Bowman and Brooke LLP

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

Bowman and Brooke LLP is an established name in the automotive industry and covers the full array of practice area-related work, including product liability litigation, high-profile class actions and mass torts. Co-led by Joel Smith in Columbia and Thomas Branigan in Detroit, the team continues to represent Honda and BMW in the Takata airbag MDL. In other work, the team obtained several defense verdicts for Ford in personal injury cases, including a high-exposure product liability litigation arising from a rollover accident. Other clients include Toyota, Hyundai and General Motors. The firm endured the departures of Todd Croftchik to Toyota in January 2017 and Ryan McCarthy to Tesla in August 2017. Heidi Yoshioka joined the Los Angeles office in February 2017 from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith LLP. Phoenix-based Paul Cereghini and San Jose-based Vincent Galvin co-head the department.

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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)

Bowman and Brooke LLP’s product liability and mass tort practice is particularly active in the construction, sports and electronics industries. In a recent highlight, Minneapolis-based Michelle Gilboe led the national defense litigation for Cybex in various personal injury and product liability claims involving sports equipment. Other work includes representing Makita in a putative nationwide class action in relation to allegedly defectively designed lithium ion batteries. In Phoenix, firm head Paul Cereghini continues to act as national counsel to helmet manufacturer Riddell in the high-profile NFL concussion litigation. Heidi Yoshioka, formerly at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith LLP, joined the Los Angeles office in February 2017.

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