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Bowman and Brooke LLP

1441 MAIN ST, SUITE 1000, COLUMBIA SC 29201, USA
Tel:
Work +1 803 726 0020
Fax:
Fax +1 803 726 0021
Web:
www.bowmanandbrooke.com

United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport
Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport - ranked: tier 1

Bowman and Brooke LLP

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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Paul Cereghini - Bowman and Brooke LLP

Vincent Galvin - Bowman and Brooke LLP

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)
Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco) - ranked: tier 3

Bowman and Brooke LLP

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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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense
Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense - ranked: tier 2

Bowman and Brooke LLP

The product liability and class actions practice at Bowman and Brooke LLP is headed by Minneapolis-based Kim Schmid and was bolstered by the September 2017 hire of senior counsel Erica Mekles from K&L Gates and Christopher Carton, in course of the opening of a new office in Newark. The team is recommended for its ‘superior work at every stage of litigation’ and continues to act as national product liability counsel to Siemens Medical Solutions. In Austin, the recommended Randall Christian and Mary Pawelek lead the defense for the sales representatives of Daiichi Sankyo in the Benicar litigation, involving claims that the blood pressure treatment medication causes sprue-like enteropathy. The Hanover Insurance Group, Novo Nordisk and Smiths Group are also clients of the firm. Austin-based Damon Brinson, William Childs and John Garrett, and Minneapolis-based Sheryl Bjork were promoted to partnership in January 2018.

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