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While our firm is best known for defending automobile manufacturers, our lawyers counsel an array of Global 500 and internationally-based clients in high-stakes, national litigation in a range of industries.

Product Liability Litigation

Broken link in a chain

Bowman and Brooke has defended thousands of wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury and other product liability claims brought against motor vehicle, chemical, construction, drug and medical device, heavy equipment and recreational equipment manufacturers. Day in and day out, we challenge well-financed plaintiff attorneys in locales unfriendly to business interests across the country. Through intensive preparation, creative presentation and persuasion, we become your advocates in both the courtroom and at the bargaining table.


What the team is known for: Impressive trial bench with broad capabilities in the automobile space, representing major clients in bet-the-company litigation. Growing profile in other industry sectors, with notable highlights in toxic tort and medical device product liability.

—Chambers USA, 2015


We tailor our advocacy to your needs. Our legal teams develop a personal knowledge and appreciation of your organization’s business and culture as well as your product design, testing and quality control procedures. We develop a deep understanding of the technical and scientific principles applicable to your products. We field a team of trial lawyers, paralegals, investigators and experts devoted to your case from start to finish. We individualize our communication with you, the in-house lawyers and engineers who provide critical perspectives, experiences and skills to the defense team.

  • Aug 25, 2016
    St. Lucie County, FL
    A unanimous defense verdict was returned by a Florida jury in favor of Takata Corp., TK Holdings, Inc., and Michelin North America Inc. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 after a two-month, $80M trial involving allegations of tire and seat belt defects.
  • Apr 21, 2016
    Orange County, CA
    During a trial in the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, a judge granted a motion of non-suit in favor of Breg, Inc. in a case involving a Breg Pain Care 3000 pain pump. William Stovall v. Breg, Inc., Superior Court of California, for the County of Orange – Civil Complex Center, Case No. 37-2011-00059728, Judge William Claster presiding.
  • Apr 08, 2016
    St. Louis, MO
    On April 08, 2016, a Missouri federal jury ruled in favor of the defense, finding that a 2004 GMC Savana, which was involved in a rollover crash that left the driver quadriplegic, did not bear a roof or seat belt defect. In Roberts v. General Motors LLC, the plaintiff sought $10 million in damages, claiming the roof of the vehicle was "unreasonably dangerous" because it should have been designed to withstand impacts from such rollover accidents, and that the seat belt system should have kept the plaintiff in place during the accident. The jury found no defect or negligence on the part of General Motors. 
  • Mar 24, 2016
    Orlando, FL
    On Thursday, March 24, at the conclusion of a two-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, a jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. finding the Road Star Silverado motorcycle was not defectively designed or unreasonably dangerous. 
  • Oct 13, 2015
    Missoula, MT

    At the conclusion of a seven-day trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, a jury returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of Mazda, finding “no defect” in the design of the front passenger restraint system of Mazda’s 1994 Protegé. In closing arguments, Plaintiff’s counsel had asked the jury for up to $7.26 million. Speaks v. Mazda Motor Corp. et al., No. 9:14-cv-00025, Judge Dana L. Christensen presiding.

  • April 5, 2017
    Minneapolis Partner John Sear was named a winner of the 2017 Burton Awards for Distinguished Writing. John was selected to this elite group of the "finest law firm writers" for his co-authored article with T. Michael Pangburn on "Anticipating and Avoiding Expert Deposition Fee Disputes," which was published in Law360 in September, 2016. He is one of 25 winners who will be honored at the upcoming Burton Awards Annual Program and Gala in May.
  • February 15, 2017

    Bowman and Brooke is pleased to announce several exciting changes within our firm's leadership for 2017. 

    First, Minneapolis Executive Managing Partner Kim Schmid was elected as Firm Vice Chair. Kim is the first woman to serve in this role, which has been held by only two others in the firm's history and most recently by founding partner David W. Graves, Jr.

  • January 19, 2017
    Media Mention
    Bowman and Brooke LLP is proud to announce that it has been honored once again by Law360 as a Product Liability Group of the Year for its 2016 defense wins in the motor vehicle, medical device, and sports equipment industries. It is the seventh time that Bowman and Brooke has achieved top recognition in this category.
  • January 10, 2017
    Legal Alert
    On December 29, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court (ACLU of Southern California), December 29, 2016S226645, ___P.3d___ [2016 WL7602131]. This decision addresses whether attorney billing invoices in pending litigation are privileged, and whether the bills lose their privilege once the litigation is over. While framed in the context of Los Angeles County legal bills being compelled through the state law equivalent of a Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") request, the decision presents the very troubling question of whether confidential communications between lawyer and client "may be forced into the open by interested parties once the subject litigation is concluded." Id. at p. 12.
  • October 13, 2016

    The 3D printing boom in the last several years has sweeping implications for the future of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. With the enormous potential 3D printed products have in the life sciences, there are equally as many unknowns regarding risk and liability throughout the supply chain.

Integrated Services

In addition to providing stellar legal counsel, we integrate our provision of other key services with the work of our legal teams. The result? Highly effective and efficient client service.

Law360 Product Liability Group of the Year

Bowman and Brooke was recognized for the seventh time as a Law360 Product Liability Practice Group of the Year for its "versatility" and "long-established reputation as a defense leader."  

Chambers USA

Bowman and Brooke was ranked by Chambers USA for the fifth consecutive year in the Nationwide Product Liability & Mass Tort category, recognized for its "[d]eep trial bench with experience trying cases across the country." (2016)