Product Liability & Mass Torts - Nationwide
THE FIRM This team's ability to apply its excellent understanding of vehicle technology to the demands of litigation wins it mandates from various leading automotive companies, including Toyota, Ford and Nissan North America. It represents Toyota as lead product liability defense counsel in the unintended acceleration litigation. The practice spans a range of other sectors, with recent work including defending medical device manufacturer Breg in relation to pain relief pumps alleged to cause deterioration of joint cartilage.
Sources say: "They are very good trial lawyers with lots of experience in individual cases."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Paul Cereghini is an "outstanding lawyer in every regard," according to sources. He offers particular expertise in automotive litigation, and is representing Honda in a putative national consumer class action relating to alleged window regulator defects. He also leads the firm's defense of Riddell in litigation concerning allegations of defective helmets.
Joel Smith also has notable experience in matters related to automotive litigation. Commentators praise his "very strong communication skills," and have "a lot of confidence in his courtroom abilities." His recent highlights include representing Toyota in the unintended acceleration litigation.