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Bowman and Brooke LLP
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United States

Work Department

Firm Chair


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

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Hall of Fame)

Paul CereghiniBowman and Brooke LLP

Litigation focused law firm Bowman and Brooke LLP has an excellent reputation representing consumer product manufacturers in disputes  involving catastrophic personal injuries, wrongful death, property damage, consumer fraud and breach of contract claims. The firm, which can draw upon the expertise of lawyers situated throughout the length and breadth of the country, also stands out for the diversity of consumer products it is conversant with, including in relation to manufacturers of household appliances, sports equipment and child products. Drawing upon the insights gleaned from the firm’s trial lawyers, the team is able to provide very robust risk management advice to consumer product manufacturers and is also noted for being ‘on top of the regulations involved with the CPSC’. Well regarded Phoenix-based trial lawyer Paul Cereghini is regularly involved in high-profile product liability and mass torts litigation, including his current representation of an American football helmet manufacturer in concussion litigation brought against it throughout the country. Promoted to partner in January 2021, Phoenix-based Amanda Heitz continues to excel at defending product liability and class actions, including at trial and appellate stage. Jeffrey Warren and Tori Levine co-head the consumer product practice from Phoenix and Dallas, respectively. Robert Wise  and Jenny Covington  departed the firm during 2021.


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

(Hall of Fame)

Paul CereghiniBowman and Brooke LLP

With bench strength spread across both coasts, niche product liability firm Bowman and Brooke LLP regularly acts as lead trial counsel and national co-ordinating counsel in high-exposure and technically intricate lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions. It has developed a particular strong reputation defending leading car and motorcycle manufacturers, including Toyota, Ford Motor and Honda, and is also at the vanguard of industry developments and the subsequent litigation spawning from the increased computer decision making in vehicles, including disputes arising from airbag control technology, electronic stability control and automatic emergency braking. Vastly experienced Phoenix-based firm chairman Paul Cereghini‘s formidable courtroom skills and subject matter knowledge have ensured that he remains a popular choice for automotive defendants in their highest exposure litigation. San Jose-based Vincent Galvin, Jr. is a favorite among high-profile clients, including Toyota, which he has gained particular acclaim as a result of his work as lead counsel in the well-publicized bellwether “unintended acceleration” trial in 2013. Columbia-based Joel Smith is also recommended and continues to represent Honda against all claims relating to injuries and deaths tied to the much-publicized Takata air bag non-deployment recall. Bard Borkon and Tom Branigan co-chair the automotive practice group from Minneapolis and Detroit respectively.