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While our firm is best known for defending automobile manufacturers, our lawyers counsel an array of Global 500 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.


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.

  • Nov 22, 2022
    Lake Charles, LA

    On November 22, 2022, after eight days of trial and 30 minutes of deliberations, a federal jury in Lake Charles, Louisiana agreed that Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. was not responsible for a boat explosion and fire that injured three men. The consolidated case, styled Gonzalez v. Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. was venued in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana located in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  

  • Oct 07, 2022
    Reno, NV

    A Washoe Nevada County jury found Caterpillar, Inc. and its loader vehicle were not responsible for the death of a miner. The case  involved a 2009 Load-Haul-Dump (LHD) designed and manufactured by Caterpillar, that rolled over a miner when he failed to secure the LHD by setting the parking brake and other means, which resulted in his death. 

  • Mar 29, 2022
    Montgomery, AL
    On March, 29, 2022, an Alabama jury unanimously agreed that Husqvarna and its riding mower were not responsible in the death of a lawncare maintenance worker. The case, Easterwood v Husqvarna Professional Products, Inc., involved the overturn of a zero-turn radius (ZTR) mower down an embankment at a vacation resort that resulted in the death of the worker.
  • Mar 01, 2020
    Riverside, CA

    In a California trial involving allegations that a 2014 Ford Focus was a lemon and that Ford Motor Company concealed material facts from plaintiffs, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Carolyn Greene entered an Order on September 24, 2020 awarding Ford $97,186.27 in costs from plaintiffs.  Much of the costs awarded were expert and travel costs.   The Court ruled that Ford was entitled to recover its outside expert fees because plaintiffs had declined a CCP 998 Offer from Ford.  The case is titled Leonila V. Ambriz and Erick Ambriz v. Ford Motor Company, Riverside County Superior Court Case No. RIC1612390.  A defense verdict had been rendered on March 11, 2020 after 10 days of trial and 1 hour and 15 minutes of deliberations.    

  • Jan 23, 2020
    Pontiac, MI
    As a national product liability firm to Ford Motor Company, Bowman and Brooke served as Lead Trial Counsel in Kokeny v. Ford. Following two weeks of trial, an Oakland County Circuit Court jury returned a unanimous defense verdict – no cause on January 23, 2020, in this alleged design and manufacturing defect case.
  • May 13, 2024
    Legal Alert

    On May 9, 2024, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the adoption of a Final Rule (new FMVSS 127) requiring forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB), including pedestrian AEB (PAEB), systems on light vehicles.  NHTSA explains, “[t]his final rule specifies that an AEB system must detect and react to an imminent crash with both a lead vehicle or a pedestrian.” This is the first substantive Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) standard for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and sets forth very aggressive performance standards for AEB systems on new light passenger vehicles sold on or after September 1, 2029. 

  • May 8, 2024
    Legal Alert

    Last week, the Supreme Court of California accepted review of a highly controversial California Court of Appeal opinion that the Wall Street Journal characterized as California “Invent[ing] a Crazy New Tort.” 

  • May 1, 2024

    Bowman and Brooke LLP, a leader in defending product liability litigation nationally for household name manufacturers, announces the opening of its Philadelphia office with Partners Dennis Ziemba and Jacquelyn Ager. Including the two product liability pros, the firm has added an additional 10 attorneys in other offices, including Detroit, Orange County, Austin and New York.

  • April 24, 2024
    Legal Alert

    On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued its final rule banning non-compete agreements under Section 5 of the FTC Act (the “Final Rule”) on a 3-2 vote. The FTC’s non-compete ban will upend the status quo between employers and their workers by generally preventing the use of non-compete agreements to protect employers’ trade secrets, confidential information, and historical investments into training executives, engineers, and sales teams. Notably, a lawsuit was filed against the FTC’s new rule within hours of its issuance. That lawsuit, and other expected litigation, may suspend the Final Rule’s implementation—at least for a while. 

  • October 17, 2022
    Bowman and Brooke Partners Travis Wheeler and Amanda Heitz are attending the PLAC Fall Conference in Park City, Utah. Travis, along with attorneys from Waymo and Zoox, Inc., two autonomous automobile manufacturers, will be covering “AI, Robotaxis, and Autonomy: What Lawsuits Are Coming Down The Road?

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.