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Bowman and Brooke LLP


  • 150 South Fifth Street
  • Minneapolis
  • USA
  • MN 55402

Products Liability - 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.

Litigation - Virginia

THE FIRM  Bowman and Brooke receives outstanding market praise for its trial expertise, and is considered to be a leader in the field of product liability litigation. The firm enjoys close ties to a range of sectors, including the automotive, medical device, construction and tobacco industries. Notable clients include Toyota and Electrolux, while it recently represented Ford in a three-week trial concerning a claim of unintended acceleration.

Sources say: "They are a very good firm. They are very responsive and focused."

KEY INDIVIDUALS  Sandra Ezell's prowess is flourishing in the area of product liability. She is the managing partner of the Richmond office, and receives excellent feedback from sources, one attesting that she is "very, very effective, and a great strategist."