Firm Profile > Bowman and Brooke LLP > Phoenix, United States

Bowman and Brooke LLP
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United States

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport Tier 1

Boutique product liability firm Bowman and Brooke LLP plays a preeminent role in the automotive space, representing a wide array of manufacturers in client relationships that often span decades. Drawing on a strong trial bench the firm defends clients in a full range of litigations from class actions and mass consolidated actions to personal injury cases involving severe injuries and fatalities. Its expertise in advanced driver-assistance systems puts it at the cutting edge of industry developments. Firm chair Paul Cereghini in Phoenix is one of the top go-to trial lawyers in this space. Bard Borkon in Minneapolis also co-heads the group together with Tom Branigan in Detroit. San-Jose-based Vincent Galvin continues to be a prominent lawyer in this field, and Joel Smith in Columbia is involved in the high-profile litigation surrounding Takata air bag non-deployment as overall lead counsel to Honda. Daniel Bauch joined the firm in October 2020 from American Honda Motor.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cereghini; Bard Borkon; Tom Branigan

Other key lawyers:

Joel Smith; Vincent Galvin

Key clients

Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Ford Motor Company

Honda North America, Inc.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Nissan North America, Inc.

Hyundai Motor America


Tesla, Inc.

Jaguar Land Rover Automotive

Yamaha Motor USA Corp

Subaru of America, Inc.

Kia Motors America, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 2

Boutique product liability firm Bowman and Brooke LLP stands out with its broad focus, acting not only for pharmaceutical and medical device clients, but also for leading insurers in the life sciences industry and most recently for clinical trial companies. The team regularly takes on roles as national product liability counsel, national counsel, discovery counsel and trial counsel and is highly involved in a high-profile MDL with the potential to be the largest in the country. Kim M. Schmid in Minneapolis, who has a wealth of medical device trial and appellate experience, and established trial attorney Randall L. Christian in Austin co-head the pharmaceutical & medical device product liability practice.

Practice head(s):

Kim M. Schmid; Randall L. Christian

Other key lawyers:

Alana Bassin; Damon Brinson

Key clients

Daiichi-Sankyo, Inc.

Boston Scientific Corporation

Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.

Patheon Manufacturing Services Inc.


Endologix Inc.

Conformis, Inc.


Chubb: Mass tort, Trial Counsel for Medical Device and Drug litigation

Orthofix Medical Inc.


Exactech Inc.

Phillips Medical

ZOLL Medical

Tokio Marine Claims Service, Inc.: Life Sciences Panel

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 3

Boutique product liability firm Bowman and Brooke LLP serves in lead and national counsel roles for clients from a broad range of industries, from cosmetics and kitchen equipment to plumbing products. In a recent high profile matter, it is defending Riddell in concussion litigation regarding helmets used in the National Football League and NCAA. Top trial lawyer Paul Cereghini and Jeffrey Warren, who has significant experience in managing complex disputes, lead the group from the Phoenix office. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Dan Bauch in October 2020 from American Honda Motor and Tori Levine in February 2020 from Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP. Senior counsel Amanda Heitz remains a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cereghini; Jeffrey Warren

Other key lawyers:

Robert Wise

Key clients

Riddell, Inc./BRG Sports

Makita U.S.A., Inc.

BrassCraft Manufacturing Company (Masco)

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

Britax Child Safety, Inc.

The Husqvarna Group



The Toro Company

TM Claims Service, Inc.

Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 3

Boutique product liability firm Bowman and Brooke LLP serves in lead and national counsel roles involving a wide range of toxic torts, including chemical exposure,  groundwater contamination and asbestos. It acts for leading manufacturers of household cleaning and sanitizing products, transportation and heavy equipment among others. Orlando-based Jon Hernan co-leads the practice together with William Auther in Phoenix and Roshan N. Rajkumar in Minneapolis, who has experience as national coordinating or lead trial counsel  in toxic torts. David Lutz left the firm in March 2020, having been appointed as judge in Dakota County. Experienced trial lawyer Tori Levine joined the team from Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jon Hernan; William Auther; Roshan N. Rajkumar

Other key lawyers:

Jon Hernan; William Author


‘It is based on historical knowledge and legacy issues. Bowman and Brooke team has been involved with us for several years and completed extensive research to amass a lot of data to defend the cases. Another key factor is their knowledge of our product range, market and sales history.’

‘Bowman Brooke has always been looking at innovative ideas to improve the overall effectiveness of the relationship. They have suggested various ideas over time to increase the value add.’

‘Apart from their knowledge and experience in the subject, the individuals involved with us are very friendly, down to earth and explain the situation in simple and straightforward language for our understanding.’

‘Jennifer Coates and Roshan Rajkumar deserve special recommendation for their professional knowledge and work ethics.’

Key clients

W.M. Barr & Company, Inc.

Daikin Applied Americas Inc.

Ford Motor Company

Nissan North America Inc.

Hitachi Construction Truck Manufacturing (Euclid Hitachi)

Mack Trucks, Inc.

Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Daimler Trucks North America LLC

Navistar International

Ecolab Inc.

Wayne Combustion Systems, a Scott-Fetzer Company


Tuthill Corporation

A powerful presence in the courtroom, Bowman and Brooke is one of the largest product liability firms in the United States. Its trial lawyers are courtroom tested and verdict vetted™. The firm serves as both lead trial counsel and national coordinating counsel, defending corporate clients in widely publicized, complex and high-exposure lawsuits. In 33 years, the firm’s lawyers have tried more than 800 cases in more than 350 state and federal courthouses throughout 48 states, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and several Canadian provinces.

It is a firm of nearly 200 attorneys, with more than 25 first-chair trial lawyers and a depth of bench that enables it to concurrently try major cases in multiple jurisdictions. The firm regularly tries precedent-setting bellwether cases where a trial victory resolves major pattern litigation, deters new claims and mitigates future exposure. The firm is made up of real trial lawyers, who solve product-related litigation problems no matter the size or complexity.

Main areas of practice: With the highest concentration of product defense lawyers in the country, Bowman and Brooke represents a wide range of manufacturers in diverse industries including motor vehicles, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, recreational products, aviation, biologics, chemicals, food products, healthcare, heavy machinery, household appliances, tobacco, power equipment, sporting goods, watercraft and more. The firm defends product liability claims, protects product-related intellectual property rights and represents the interests of its clients in diverse product-related litigation, including disputed warranty, dealer relations, indemnity, commercial and regulatory matters.

Turning the complex into the comprehensible, the firm’s cases routinely involve highly technical data, scientific testimony, physics, human physiology, medical evidence and other complex subjects. Bowman and Brooke’s attorneys’ experience extends beyond the legal world to include biomechanics, epidemiology, government regulation, human factors, industry standards, manufacturing processes, mechanical engineering, medical technology, metallurgy, pharmacology, product design, reconstruction and more.

In addition to its core group of nationally recognized first-chair trial lawyers, the firm has the legal analysis and briefing brainpower to resolve cases not worthy of trial. It has the deep experience in strategy development, litigation coordination and discovery management necessary to cost-effectively defend mass tort litigation, multi-plaintiff matters and class actions. The firm matches its resources to the challenges facing the clients, from individual single-plaintiff claims to national multi-venue litigation.

The firm does not compromise when it comes to clients’ interests. It will uncover and advance all appropriate defenses and aggressively and tirelessly pursue the results that clients demand, both in the boardroom and in the courtroom.

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Department Name Email Telephone
Product liability defense
Class action/mass tort defense
Toxic tort and environmental defense
Commercial litigation
General liability defense
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Mr Paul Cereghini  photo Mr Paul Cereghini Product Liability, Class Action and Multi-district Litigation, Automotive.
Number of Partners : 100
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 89
Executive Managing Partners : Paul G Cereghini (Chair)
Executive Managing Partners : Kim M Schmid (Vice Chair)
Executive Managing Partners : Vincent Galvin Jr
Executive Managing Partners : Joel H Smith
Executive Managing Partners : Kurt C Kern
Executive Managing Partners : Mary R Pawelek
Other Offices : Austin
Other Offices : Columbia
Other Offices : Dallas
Other Offices : Detroit
Other Offices : Los Angeles
Other Offices : Miami
Other Offices : Minneapolis
Other Offices : New Brunswick
Other Offices : Orlando
Other Offices : Phoenix
Other Offices : Richmond
Other Offices : San Diego
Other Offices : San Jose
Number of Total Staff : 453