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.
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.
Bowman and Brooke is known for being a dedicated product liability defense firm, fielding a deep trial bench. Highly regarded for its representation of the automotive industry, with a client list that features numerous leading manufacturers. Broad practice also includes strength in areas such as medical devices and consumer products. Continuing to expand its geographic presence.
—Chambers USA, 2018
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.
We are not “litigators” who work up cases for months and years in the fervent hope of never having to spend a minute in front of a jury. At Bowman and Brooke, we love the courtroom, relish trying cases and we are at home in front of a jury. That’s why our clients, who include some of the largest companies in the world, come to us. However, we also understand that scorched earth litigation or trial is often not the best way to resolve conflicts. In defending those cases that should not be tried, our reputation for trying cases is an advantage. Our opponents know that settlement is not a foregone conclusion with Bowman and Brooke — thus we can expeditiously identify, evaluate and resolve the cases that should settle.
In addition to having tried hundreds of individual lawsuits in 48 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and several Canadian provinces, we serve as national and regional counsel for more than a dozen household name clients, handling pattern litigation and discovery wherever and whenever our clients need us.
In the process, we have developed the tools and resources to manage lawsuits and claims efficiently. We have gathered the background material necessary to cross-examine expert witnesses who frequently appear for plaintiffs, and we have assembled an impressive array of defense experts who are most knowledgeable on the issues our clients face.
With product liability litigation, there’s a lot on the line. A pending case is no time to take chances with your counsel. Insist on a firm with an established reputation, one who has served top corporations, a firm with a national presence, one with a proven trial history. Insist on Bowman and Brooke.
Florida Jury Weighs in on ATV Trial
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.
Indiana Jury Says BMW Mini Cooper Not Defective
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.
Unanimous Defense Verdict in California CRPS Liftgate Trial for Ford
Unanimous Defense Verdict in California Liftgate Trial for Ford
After a trial lasting more than a month in Van Nuys, California, a jury delivered a unanimous and complete defense verdict in less than an hour on behalf of Ford Motor Company on February 17, 2017 in the case of Micaela and Donald Bensko v. Ford Motor Company. Plaintiffs sought in excess of $23,000,000 in damages allegedly caused by a defect in their 2011 Ford Flex. Specifically, it was alleged that the design of the power liftgate on the Ford Flex created an unreasonably dangerous condition.
Partner Bill Childs Talks Peer Review with Law360
Court of Appeals Limits Recovery of Damages Under Song Beverly
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.
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.
Bowman and Brooke was ranked by Chambers USA for the tenth consecutive year in the Nationwide Product Liability & Mass Tort category.
Bowman and Brooke was recognized for the eighth time in nine years.