The track record and trial expertise of our product liability and toxic torts partners is outstanding.

Our winning record at trial, the practical experience and wisdom gained from years of litigation in the product liability and toxic tort fields, and our commitment to proactively controlling cost of litigation, have all been important factors in the growth of our product liability and toxic torts practice.

Our lawyers have particular expertise in litigation involving automobiles, medical and contraceptive devices, forklifts and materials handling equipment, chemical and petroleum products, aircraft and aviation-related products, trucks, consumer goods and related warranty issues, printing presses, power tools and allegedly toxic substances, such as asbestos.  We have successfully defended a number of significant consumer class actions in the California state courts involving such diverse products as aircraft, diet supplements, wheelchairs, propane gas barbecues, wine, defective construction materials, and intrauterine birth control devices.  In a number of cases, we have defeated the certification of the class and have been successful in other early challenges to the validity of the lawsuits. We also counsel clients and defend actions against them under Proposition 65 (California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Environment Act of 1968) and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act.

Our lawyers have also served as national and regional counsel for a number of manufacturers throughout the years and as a result, we have supervised cases in virtually every state in the United States.

Moreover, we have tried cases to verdict in many states outside of California, including Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin. Our clients enjoy the assurance that their cases will be properly prepared and skillfully tried regardless of venue.

Through our representation of manufacturers as national and regional counsel, we have developed the management skills necessary to efficiently supervise and coordinate multiple lawsuits involving the same product or similar products, and we understand and strive to achieve our clients’ business objectives, not only for individual cases but for the litigation as a whole.

For each engagement, regardless of size, we guarantee hands-on involvement from one of our seasoned partners.

Our approach to litigation matters involves preparation, evaluation and disposition of the matter as expeditiously as possible, always keeping the client’s business objectives in sight.  Cases too risky to try are identified early, evaluated at the outset, and every effort is made to negotiate an early settlement, through mediation or other forms of ADR.  We involve our clients in the decision-making process at every stage of the litigation and keep them fully apprised of their risks, options and potential expenses as the litigation develops.  Finally, if a matter cannot be settled, we are not afraid to try a case, and we have the experience and ability to effectively represent our client’s interests in the most complex, sophisticated litigation.