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July 1, 2014

The Legal 500 USA Rankings Announced: Bowman and Brooke Continues to Lead the Field

Firm Maintains Automotive 1st Tier Ranking for 7th Consecutive Year; Cited as “Litigation Heavyweight”

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Minneapolis, MN (July 1, 2014) – Bowman and Brooke LLP has maintained its position as a preeminent product defense firm, according to recently released 2014 United States rankings from The Legal 500.

The firm, which is nationally recognized for its focus on defending high-stakes product liability and mass tort cases, was chosen for many honors on the 2014 list, including:

  • Maintaining its 1st Tier ranking in the Automotive practice category for the 7th year in a row;
  • Upgrading its standing in the Drug and Device practice category, moving from Tier 3 to Tier 2, and;
  • Making its debut on the Consumer Products list, ranking in Tier 4.

Along with the many accolades bestowed on Bowman and Brooke in the practice area rankings, firm Vice Chair and Executive Managing Partner Paul Cereghini and Executive Managing Partner Vincent Galvin Jr. were named to the Leading Lawyers Spotlight.

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.

The Legal 500 made the following assessments:

Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Automotive/Transport – 1st Tier

“Bowman and Brooke LLP a ‘Litigation heavyweight’ handles product liability actions nationwide, and has extensive experience representing domestic and international manufacturers of automobiles, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. The firm is known for high-profile litigation involving deaths or catastrophic injury, as evidenced by San Jose-based Vincent Galvin’s work for Toyota in a recent multimillion-dollar action...The firm’s prowess in high-stakes litigation also came to the fore when Phoenix-based Paul Cereghini represented American Honda and BMW in two separate brain injury actions; directed verdicts were given in both cases.”

Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices – 2nd Tier

“The ‘excellent’ Bowman and Brooke LLP has ‘really stepped it up recently,’ a point exemplified through the opening of its tenth office – which will primarily focus on mass tort defense – in San Diego in November 2013. The ‘very strong firm’ is ‘trusted’ by clients due to its ‘ability to get to the facts of a matter expeditiously’ and ‘sensitivity to the client’s concerns.’”

Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Consumer Products (Including Tobacco) – 4th Tier

“Bowman and Brooke LLP is notable for its extensive trial expertise and strong track record for product liability defense work. The team frequently handles cases involving catastrophic injury and death, and has an impressive following within the sports and exercise equipment, and appliances sectors. Veteran litigator Paul Cereghini is currently leading advice to Riddell in multi-district litigation involving over 1000 claims brought against the client by ex-NFL players; the plaintiffs allege that defects in their helmets caused chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and other neurological injuries. Other clients include Electrolux, Hamilton Beach, Whirlpool Corporation and Cybex International.”

Bowman and Brooke has a long history of defending household-name manufacturers in high-stakes product liability cases. The firm’s clients include many of the nation’s largest manufacturers and corporations, including companies in the automotive, recreational vehicle, industrial, medical devices, healthcare, and consumer products industries.

About Bowman and Brooke LLP
Bowman and Brooke LLP is a nationally recognized trial firm with one of the largest product liability practices in the country. The firm’s attorneys defend a variety of corporate clients, including many Global 500 companies, in widely publicized catastrophic injury and wrongful death matters, and in other product-related litigation throughout all 50 states. Bowman and Brooke’s lawyers regularly represent their clients and try cases in courthouses across the United States. The firm has offices in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Detroit, San Jose, Los Angeles, Richmond, Columbia, Dallas, Austin and San Diego. For more information on the firm visit