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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.

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It is not enough for a law firm to know the law of automotive product liability. It must know the product itself, the business and the people of the company that makes it, and the industry in which it is sold. At Bowman and Brooke, we take pride in knowing all those in order to give motor vehicle and component manufacturers the defense that they deserve, where and when they need it.

From first beginnings and a primary focus defending some of the country's earliest automotive product liability cases, such as Larsen v. General Motors Corp., 391 F.2d 495 (1965), followed by a number of widely publicized trial verdicts, to today's ranking as a top U.S. product liability law firm by both The Legal 500 and Law360, our reputation continues to accelerate.  In fact, Chambers USA 2015 noted that Bowman and Brooke is known for an "[i]mpressive trial bench with broad capabilities in the automobile space, representing major clients in bet-the-company litigation."

  • Jul 11, 2018
    Kissimmee, FL

    On June 29, 2018, a jury in Kissimmee, Florida returned a unanimous defense verdict, following a two-and-a-half week trial, in favor of Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and American Honda Motor Co., Inc., on Plaintiffs’ sole remaining claim for manufacturing defect.  This wrongful death case arose out of a September 12, 2010 crash that occurred in Kissimmee, Osceola County, Florida.  At the time, Juan Villa was injured while riding a 2008 Honda TRX700XX ATV.  While operating alone in a sand pit on private property, the ATV overturned as Juan Villa approached the crest of a hill, causing him to be ejected from the ATV, rendering him a paraplegic.  Mr. Villa passed away on October 31, 2015 as a result of complications arising from his crash-related injuries. 

  • Nov 15, 2017
    Indianapolis, IN
    A Southern District of Indiana jury returned a full defense verdict in favor of BMW of North America (BMW NA) on October 23, 2017 finding no defect in its 2007 Mini Cooper, Ruddell Brown v. BMW.  In this seven-day trial, plaintiff claimed her vehicle was defective due to lack of rollover sensors causing her catastrophic injuries (incomplete quadriplegia) from a rollover crash at highway speed in southern Indiana in September 2012.
  • Feb 28, 2017
    Sacramento, CA

    In a nine-day California lemon law jury trial involving allegations that a used 2011 Hyundai Elantra was not properly diagnosed and repaired under warranty, the jury was hung 7 to 5 in defendant’s favor, on the question whether the subject vehicle had a defect which substantially impaired its use, value or safety. The case is titled Connie Marie Romero v. Hyundai Motor America, Sacramento County Superior Court Case No. 34-2015-00178728-CU-BC-GDS.  A mistrial was declared after 4 hours of deliberations. Hyundai was represented by Julian G. Senior of Bowman and Brooke LLP from its Los Angeles office and Zhanna Bulkina, Corporate Counsel for Hyundai Motor America. 

  • Feb 28, 2017
    San Diego County, CA

    In a California Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (lemon law) trial involving allegations that a new 2009 Hyundai Sonata was not repaired under warranty, the jury decided 11-1 in favor of Hyundai Motor America that the subject vehicle did not have any defects that substantially impaired its use, value, or safety. The case is titled Elaine C. Bierman, et al. v. Hyundai Motor America, San Diego County Superior Court Case No. 37-2015-00034603-CU-BC-CTL. Judge John S. Meyer presided over the trial. After five days, the jury reached its defense verdict in approximately half an hour.

  • 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.
  • July 24, 2018
    Minneapolis partner Mary Novacheck’s recent article, Time for Sunshine on 3rd-Party Litigation Funding is published in Law360
  • June 4, 2018
    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.”
  • Jan 29, 2018
    Legal Alert

    On November 27, 2017, the Fourth District of the California Court of Appeal issued an unpublished opinion in Kirzhner v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, (2017) 18 Cal. App. 5th 453. That opinion addressed the recoverability of registration fees and discussed what sort of expenses would be incidental damages under California’s Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act.  

  • August 25, 2017

    After a two-week trial, a Syracuse, New York federal court jury returned a unanimous verdict in a case involving the Polaris Ranger off-road vehicle. C.C., an infant, by and through her Guardian Ad litem, Paul M. Deep, Plaintiff v. Polaris Industries Inc., United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, Case No. 14-cv-975, Honorable Glenn T. Suddaby presiding.

    Polaris was represented by its lead counsel, Paul G. Cereghini of Bowman and Brooke in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as Jeffrey C. Warren of Bowman and Brooke in Phoenix, Arizona, Jennifer Bullard of Bowman and Brooke in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Robert A. Barrer of Barclay Damon LLP of Syracuse, New York.

  • November 13, 2015

    Robert Wise, Co-Managing Partner in the Richmond office, presents on the latest and growing trends in automotive class actions at the Defense Research Institute's Strictly Automotive Seminar on November 13, 2015.

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."  

The Legal 500

Recognized for the eleventh consecutive year in “Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense.”