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May 2012

Bowman and Brooke selected to Legal 500's 2012 Top Tier For Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense

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For the fifth year in a row, Bowman and Brooke has been named in the Top Tier for Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Automotive Transport by The Legal 500. Additionally, for the first year, Bowman and Brooke is ranked and recommended in a new category for Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices! Vincent Galvin Jr. and Paul Cereghini are once again named Leading Trial Lawyers in the elite eight list of Automotive Trial Lawyers.

A total of nine Bowman and Brooke attorneys are recommended by The Legal 500 in both categories. They are: Paul Cereghini (Phoenix), Vince Galvin (San Jose), Joel Smith (Columbia), David Kelly (Minneapolis), Kurt Kern (Dallas), Karl Viehman (Dallas), David Stone (Dallas), Kim Schmid (Minneapolis) and Randy Christian (Austin).

In regards to our Automotive practice, The Legal 500 had this to say:

"Bowman and Brooke LLP is ‘outstanding from top to bottom’: ‘a unique boutique’ and ‘a clear leader in automotive tort defense’. It is also ‘terrific in individual cases of significance’. With product liability expertise at the core of the firm, its extensive client list includes many of the most recognizable names in the industry. Among the more cogent matters currently being handled, it is serving as lead defense counsel for Toyota in all personal injury and wrongful death cases in the highly publicized ‘unintended acceleration’ litigation. The firm has been instructed as one of the lead trial counsels in the class actions, is among the regional trial counsels for the individual cases and is managing the related written discovery program for these matters. It also represented Toyota in a two-month catastrophic injury trial involving a Corolla vehicle. The team recently obtained a verdict in favor of Yamaha and its dealer in a case involving the death of a child following the crash of a Yamaha Rhino; plaintiffs had sought $20m in damages, alleging that defects caused the vehicle to overturn. Acting for Ford, the firm obtained a unanimous defense verdict in a case arising from a single-vehicle crash; the plaintiff claimed that the belt restraint system was defective and caused neck injury and permanent paralysis, requesting $27m plus punitive damages. Vincent Galvin in San Jose is one of the key representatives for Toyota and ‘a very good lawyer’. Phoenix-based Paul Cereghini is ‘an outstanding trial lawyer’ who instills in clients ‘much confidence in his courtroom strength’. Joel Smith in Columbia and David Kelly in Minneapolis are also recommended. The firm opened its new Dallas office by recruiting the talented Kurt Kern, J Karl Viehman and David Stone from Hartline, Dacus, Barger, Dreyer L.L.P." 


In regards to our Pharmaceutical and Medical Device practice, The Legal 500 had this to say:

"Bowman and Brooke LLP has been building a practice in this area for a number of years, and enters the ranking this year owing to a growing national presence. In 2011, highlights included obtaining a defense verdict for Breg in a case brought by an orthopaedic surgeon and his wife who were seeking more than $6m after allegedly suffering injury as a result of using a pain pump manufactured by the client. Other recent mandates include a mass tort case in which it is representing Wisconsin-based H&P Industries and pharmaceutical manufacturer Triad Group. Managing partner Kim Schmid is the key contact for medical devices and Randall Christian is recommended for pharmaceutical matters; they are based in Minneapolis and Austin, respectively."


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