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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

1301 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, N.W., WASHINGTON, D.C., 20004, USA
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Work +1 202 879 5000
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Fax +1 202 879 5200
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Mike Brock

Tel:
Work +1 202-389-5991
Email:
Web:
www.kirkland.com
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Work Department

Litigation

Position

Robert "Mike" Brock is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with 25 years of experience handling high-stakes, bet-the-business litigation. His practice focuses on representing pharmaceuticals and life sciences companies, particularly in product liability and mass tort cases. He has tried cases in a wide range of areas and has represented clients in antitrust, malpractice, toxic tort and securities class action litigation, as well as in other types of cases. Mike is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Education

University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1984; University of Alabama, B.S., Business and Commerce, 1981.


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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is frequently involved in product liability litigation and class actions in the automotive and aviation sectors. Chicago-based Richard Godfrey and Andrew Bloomer as well as Mike Brock in Washington DC continue to represent General Motors in ongoing class actions and personal injury lawsuits arising from recalls relating to certain ignition switches. In another highlight, the team is defending Polaris Industries in a consolidated consumer class action alleging that certain Polaris ORVs have a design defect that creates an unreasonable risk of overheating and fire.

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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

Kirkland & Ellis LLP regularly represents manufacturers and distributors in MDLs and class actions. In Chicago, Andrew McGaan and Richard Godfrey represented Celanese Corporation in a putative multi-state class action claiming negligence and strict liability in the design and sale of plastic plumbing pipes sold to homeowners in 24 states. Mike Brock in Washington and Kimberly Branscome in Los Angeles are representing Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary in two state actions, in which plaintiffs allege that the talc used in talc powder products is contaminated with asbestos.

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

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Mike Brock - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class actions: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense

Kirkland & Ellis LLP regularly acts as counsel and trial team for manufacturers in the pharmaceutical and medical devices sectors. Led by Mike Brock in Washington DC, the team is defending Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Otsuka Pharmaceutical in a product liability MDL alleging that anti-psychotic prescription drug Abilify caused consumers to exhibit compulsive behaviors such as gambling. The group is also representing Allergan in high-profile opioid litigation. In other work, Washington-based Paul Clement continues to represent Johnson & Johnson and its affiliate DePuy Orthopedics in the consolidated appeals of an adverse jury verdict related to a hip prosthetics MDL. Dow Chemical is also among the team's clients.

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