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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.

Product Liability Litigation

Broken link in a chain

Bowman and Brooke has defended thousands of wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury and other product liability claims brought against motor vehicle, chemical, construction, drug and medical device, heavy equipment and recreational equipment manufacturers. Day in and day out, we challenge well-financed plaintiff attorneys in locales unfriendly to business interests across the country. Through intensive preparation, creative presentation and persuasion, we become your advocates in both the courtroom and at the bargaining table.


What the team is known for: Impressive trial bench with broad capabilities in the automobile space, representing major clients in bet-the-company litigation. Growing profile in other industry sectors, with notable highlights in toxic tort and medical device product liability.

—Chambers USA, 2015


We tailor our advocacy to your needs. Our legal teams develop a personal knowledge and appreciation of your organization’s business and culture as well as your product design, testing and quality control procedures. We develop a deep understanding of the technical and scientific principles applicable to your products. We field a team of trial lawyers, paralegals, investigators and experts devoted to your case from start to finish. We individualize our communication with you, the in-house lawyers and engineers who provide critical perspectives, experiences and skills to the defense team.

  • 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.
  • Aug 25, 2017
    Syracuse, NY

    After a two-week trial, a Syracuse, New York federal court jury returned a unanimous defense verdict for Polaris 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.

  • 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.
  • Apr 21, 2016
    Orange County, CA
    During a trial in the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, a judge granted a motion of non-suit in favor of Breg, Inc. in a case involving a Breg Pain Care 3000 pain pump. William Stovall v. Breg, Inc., Superior Court of California, for the County of Orange – Civil Complex Center, Case No. 37-2011-00059728, Judge William Claster presiding.
  • Apr 08, 2016
    St. Louis, MO
    On April 08, 2016, a Missouri federal jury ruled in favor of the defense, finding that a 2004 GMC Savana, which was involved in a rollover crash that left the driver quadriplegic, did not bear a roof or seat belt defect. In Roberts v. General Motors LLC, the plaintiff sought $10 million in damages, claiming the roof of the vehicle was "unreasonably dangerous" because it should have been designed to withstand impacts from such rollover accidents, and that the seat belt system should have kept the plaintiff in place during the accident. The jury found no defect or negligence on the part of General Motors. 
  • 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.  

  • September 12, 2017
    Bowman and Brooke LLP is pleased to announce that it has been named to the BTI Industry Power Rankings 2017. Based solely on law firm clients' feedback, this list makes up the top law firms with the best client relationships in 18 industries as indicated by clients and leading organizations.
  • 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.

  • August 14, 2017
    Minneapolis Partners Michael Carey and Barry Koopmann were recognized in Benchmark Litigation's 2017 "Under 40 Hot List." This is the second list issued by Benchmark awarding the achievements of the nation's most accomplished legal partners of the age of forty or younger.
  • October 13, 2016

    The 3D printing boom in the last several years has sweeping implications for the future of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. With the enormous potential 3D printed products have in the life sciences, there are equally as many unknowns regarding risk and liability throughout the supply chain.

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."  

Chambers USA

Bowman and Brooke was ranked by Chambers USA for the seventh consecutive year in the Nationwide Product Liability & Mass Tort category.