Bowman and Brooke was recognized for the eighth time as a Law360 Product Liability Practice Group of the Year for its "versatility" and "long-established reputation as a defense leader."
Bowman and Brooke was ranked by Chambers USA for the seventh consecutive year in the Nationwide Product Liability & Mass Tort category, noting the firm "[i]s unsurpassed in that field." (2018)
Bowman and Brooke attorneys are leaders in their fields, called upon by industry organizations and the media to provide insights on legal trends and developments.
Our firm understands the importance of managing discovery carefully and cost effectively, especially in complex and high-profile cases. With experience dating back to the late 1980s when discovery databases first began to be used, our lawyers now advise our clients on a full range of modern discovery issues, including the dynamic new field of eDiscovery. Helping our clients navigate the legal, technical and business challenges posed by discovery is a specialized legal service that we have developed over time with much thought and field experience.
We recognize that handling discovery correctly requires specialized attention and experience. Just as our trial lawyers who are nationally recognized in trying our clients’ cases before judges and juries, the lawyers who manage our clients’ discovery are highly experienced in every facet of discovery.
Discovery disputes can be very costly to corporations in terms of legal fees, court sanctions and increased potential for negative publicity. Our experience helps us preserve our clients’ reputation, while keeping litigation costs down.
What differentiates us from others offering discovery services is our experience and capacity. Through years of experience, we have learned how to manage discovery and eDiscovery in multiple courts simultaneously and consistently. Among the high-value services we provide are:
WHAT WE DO
Strategy. We strategize with the client and local counsel regarding the best approach to the individual case, or categories of cases, as the need may be.
Litigate Discovery Disputes. We handle the tough discovery disputes from beginning to end. We draft and argue discovery-related briefs, and prepare affidavits and declarations.
Document Collection, Processing and Production. In discovery, a one-size-fits-all approach is dangerous. Based on our early case assessment, we plan and handle the collection, processing and production of information, from full document sweeps to topic-specific, targeted collections. We identify key documents, identify and interview custodians, collect documents (hard copy and electronic), and coordinate document reviews for relevancy, confidentiality, and privilege.
Identifying, Preparing and Defending Discovery-Related Witnesses. Our lawyers gain a thorough understanding of the documents produced in a case well before corporate witness depositions occur, and they understand the importance of preparing the witness carefully to address the issues that arise from the documents.
Confidentiality/Protective Orders. We draft and negotiate Confidentiality/Protective Orders, including drafting and securing supporting client affidavits.
Preservation Orders. We draft and negotiate document preservation orders or litigation holds, and work with our clients regarding their preservation obligations.
Mass Tort Discovery Procedures. We handle every aspect of mass tort discovery, including the written responses, the document productions and the depositions.
Motions to Compel. We research, prepare and argue discovery-related motions, including Motions to Compel.
Dashboards. We create executive dashboards for litigation management in complex mass tort litigation.
Breg, Inc. received a decisive win on February 6, 2013 in the first bellwether case in the California infusion pump JCCP to go to trial.
Last Thursday, the California Supreme Court reversed that decision, finding that the trial court abused its discretion in denying plaintiff's motion to compel identification of all other Marshalls employees at 129 California stores. See Williams v. Superior Court (2017) __ P.3d __, 2017 WE 2980258.
EDiscovery Checklist: Admissibility of ESI at Trial
Several Bowman and Brooke attorneys authored a three-part series of articles on navigating through the complex stages of discovery and decoding the upcoming Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Access the articles here.