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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 actions: automotive/transport - defense

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Paul Cereghini - Bowman and Brooke LLP

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

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

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

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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