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June 4, 2018

The Legal 500 Again Names Bowman and Brooke to Top Litigation Rankings

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Bowman and Brooke LLP has been recognized for the eleventh consecutive year by UK-based The Legal 500 for “Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense.”

Automotive/Transport – Tier One – “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. Phoenix-based Paul Cereghini and San Jose-based Vincent Galvin, Jr. co-head the department.” Full rankings in Automotive/Transport can be found here.

Pharmaceuticals/Medical Devices – Tier Two – "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 […] and Christopher Carton, in course of the opening of a new office in New Brunswick, [New Jersey]. 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.” Full rankings in Pharmaceuticals/Medical Devices can be found here.

Consumer Products – Tier Three – “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 […]. Full rankings in Consumer Products can be found here.

In addition to the practice area recognitions, Bowman and Brooke leaders Paul Cereghini and Vincent Galvin, Jr. were again both named to The Legal 500's exclusive list of “Leading Lawyers” for Automotive/Transport.

To compile the annual rankings, researchers from The Legal 500 — including both qualified journalists and lawyers — spend months conducting in-depth research into the market, pitting national firms against one another, practice area by practice area and gathering feedback from peers and clients to assess overall visibility and reputation. The result is a highly detailed, objective analysis of the U.S. market highlighting the best of the best.