Bradley is pleased to announce that nine of the firm’s partners have been named by Who’s Who Legal as among the world’s leading product liability defense practitioners. The Bradley attorneys listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2019 are Lindsey C Boney IV, W. Wayne Drinkwater, James W. Gewin, William F. Goodman III, Tripp Haston, Lela Hollabaugh, Kim Bessiere Martin, Charles A. “Chuck” Stewart and R. Thomas Warburton.
“We congratulate our outstanding product liability defense attorneys who have been singled out by Who’s Who Legal as among the top practitioners in the world,” said Bradley Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner Jonathan M. Skeeters. “We are very proud of our successes in this important practice area for our clients.”
Bradley’s acclaimed Product Liability team members represent clients in a variety of industries and jurisdictions throughout the state and federal court systems. Their representations involve litigation over a diverse range of consumer products, including tires, construction equipment, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, vehicles (both on- and off-road), component parts, industrial equipment, power tools, and building products. Many of the firm’s attorneys have leadership roles on clients’ legal defense teams for litigation in various multidistrict litigation and mass claim matters.
Based in the firm’s Birmingham office, Mr. Boney is a member of Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group and the Appellate and Life Sciences Industry teams. He regularly represents pharmaceutical and medical device companies in national mass tort litigation, often as a national team member, particularly involving regulatory and legal strategy issues. He has been involved in significant wins in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, the Florida Supreme Court, the Iowa Supreme Court, and the Missouri Court of Appeals. He also has represented numerous national and international companies in a variety of other matters.
Based in the firm’s Jackson, Miss., office and a member of the Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Drinkwater has extensive experience in major business, commercial and constitutional litigation and has tried some of Mississippi’s most significant cases. He also has handled more than 70 appeals, arguing more than 30 of them in state and federal courts across the United States.
Based in the firm’s Birmingham office, Mr. Gewin is a member of Bradley’s Litigation and Insurance practice groups, as well as the Life Sciences and Media & Entertainment industry teams. He concentrates his practice in general civil litigation in both the state and federal arena. A substantial portion of his practice centers around the representation of corporate defendants in the product and insurance fields. His clients also have included claimants in civil disputes relating to antitrust, construction, copyrights, pharmaceutical issues, and unfair competition.
Mr. Goodman is based in the firm’s Nashville, Tenn., office and is a member of Bradley’s Litigation and Environmental practice groups, as well as the Life Sciences and Food & Beverage industry teams. He also is co-chair of the Food and Agriculture Litigation and Regulatory team. Licensed to practice law in Mississippi and Tennessee, Mr. Goodman defends agricultural, chemical and pharmaceutical companies in high stakes commercial and personal injury litigation. His significant case management, discovery and trial experience includes major chemical exposure, class action, commercial and pharmaceutical litigations, most of which involved hundreds or thousands of claims.
Based in the Birmingham office and co-chair of Bradley's Life Sciences Industry team, Mr. Haston represents a broad spectrum of clients on regional, national and international engagements. He regularly represents medical device and pharmaceutical clients in products liability litigation. In addition, he has served numerous clients as national trial and coordinating counsel and as a national team member in individual actions as well as mass tort and multi-district litigation. His experience has involved matters throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.
Ms. Hollabaugh is the managing partner of Bradley’s Nashville office and a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and Life Sciences Industry team. She has served as the lead trial lawyer in more than a dozen jury trials, as well as more than two dozen bench trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings. She represents leading pharmaceutical, medical device and other product manufacturers in matters ranging from individual lawsuits to mass tort cases.
Based in the Bradley’s Huntsville, Ala., office and leader of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, Ms. Martin focuses her practice on general litigation with an emphasis on medical device and pharmaceutical products liability litigation, as well as white collar matters and False Claims Act litigation. She has extensive experience representing media clients on First Amendment issues and defamation claims. Her trial experience includes defense of personal injury, products liability, commercial litigation, First Amendment, and labor and employment claims. She has tried cases in state and federal court.
Based in the firm’s Montgomery, Ala., office, Mr. Stewart is co-chair of the Product Liability team and is a member of Bradley’s Litigation, Intellectual Property and Labor & Employment practice groups, as well as the Life Sciences Industry team. He has more than 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer, having successfully tried a vast number of cases, primarily in the defense of corporations in product liability, employment, business disputes, class actions, intellectual property, antitrust, construction and catastrophic personal injury matters.
Based in the Birmingham office and a member of Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group, Mr. Warburton has appeared in state and federal courts across the country, and has tried antitrust, business, construction, civil rights, insurance, mineral rights, negligence, product liability, land use, real property, tax, and wrongful termination cases to verdict or final judgment. He has significant arbitration experience, as well as first chair trial experience in both state and federal court. He has litigated and arbitrated in dozens of venues across the country and also has litigated international disputes.
Scheduled to be published in June 2019 by London-based Law Business Research Limited, the Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence seeks to identify the top lawyers in all aspects of the defense of product liability claims, including mass tort, class action and cross-border litigation. Only lawyers who receive the highest number of recommendations from peers and clients as determined through independent research are listed in the publication. The Who’s Who Legal guides are intended to serve as reference sources for companies seeking to corroborate the reputations of lawyers recommended by another party.