Product Liability Defence 2019 : Analysis

This year we have identified 591 practitioners in our guide for their unparalleled work in product liability defence. Their collective expertise extends from conducting high-stakes mass tort actions to coordinating global product recall measures. The scope of industries represented in their work is similarly expansive as they act for clients in the life sciences, consumer product and manufacturing sectors.

Methodology

The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
 
Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
 

North America

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Donald F Zimmer Jr King & Spalding LLP, San Francisco
2. Edward S Sledge III McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge LLC, Birmingham
3. James M Campbell Campbell Conroy & O’Neil, PC, Boston
4. Bruce R Parker Venable LLP, Baltimore
5. Christy D Jones Butler Snow LLP, Jackson
6. Mark S Cheffo Dechert LLP, New York
7. Sara J Gourley Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago
8. Mary A Wells Wells Anderson & Race LLC, Denver
9. Tripp Haston Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Birmingham
10. Quentin F Urquhart Jr  Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC, New Orleans

Leading Firms

Shook Hardy & Bacon

The firm dominates our research into the product liability market in the US, achieving a stunning 23 listings.
Michael Healy is “a great trial lawyer” according to sources familiar with his excellent work litigating major product liability cases across the country.
Scott Sayler is praised by sources who note that he is “tremendous, with an excellent reputation” for complex product liability litigation, with a focus on pharmaceutical and medical device cases.
Firm chair Madeleine McDonough receives plaudits from peers who affirm that she is “a highly organised attorney with a first-rate reputation”. Her expertise spans several industries and sectors, and she is highly experienced in pharmaceutical proceedings.
Frank Rothrock focuses his practice on large-scale litigation matters, supporting clients in mass tort cases at a national level and impressing sources who describe him as “a very experienced lawyer”.
Michelle Fujimoto has extensive experience representing clients in medical device and pharmaceutical product liability litigation, proving herself a go-to practitioner for disputes in the area.
Robert Adams is described by sources as "a thoughtful planner" who stands out for his exceptional handling of automotive and pharmaceutical product liability litigation.
William Sampson possesses vast experience in product liability litigation, demonstrating considerable ability in handling mass torts relating to the automobile industry as well as other sectors. 

Sidley Austin

This impressive outfit has eight standout practitioners recognised here.
Sara Gourley is "a market leader" according to sources who add she is "known for her loyal clientele, tremendous experience and professional leadership”, while others note that she “has done an awful lot in the field”.
Debra Pole is a go-to name for product liability litigation, particularly relating to medical devices claims and other healthcare-related claims.
Maja Eaton is highlighted as “one of the best” by peers for her expertise in major product liability defence proceedings in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
Eugene Schoon is a highly sought-after practitioner thanks to his vast experience handling major product liability litigation with complex technical elements.
Heidi Levine is a dedicated product liability defence lawyer who focuses her "fantastic" practice on expertly representing clients in drug and medical device litigation.

Reed Smith

With practitioners identified across five states, the firm has a strong national showing and sees 11 practitioners highlighted in this edition.
James Beck is a seasoned life sciences and product liability lawyer with deep experience of representing and advising clients in cutting-edge product liability litigation. Sources describe him as “a brilliant legal scholar”.
Michael Brown is widely respected for his work on product liability litigation, being commended as “an excellent lawyer” thanks to his superb work on mass tort and false advertising claims on behalf of numerous high-profile clients.
Stephen McConnell is a “fantastic attorney” according to sources who note his experience in high-stakes litigation including mass torts in the product liability space.
Colleen Davies excels in consumer product and life sciences product liability litigation, with additional expertise in non-contentious matters, including advertising and product recalls.

King & Spalding

A powerhouse in the US market, the firm has 11 practitioners recognised for their top-tier ability in the field.
Product liability expert Donald Zimmer Jr is exalted by sources as “a real trial lawyer who is very smart and thorough with knowledge of all the details of a case” while also noting that he is “instrumental in team work and very collaborative”.
The “outstanding” Chilton Davis Varner is a dedicated tort lawyer who offers clients deep and varied knowledge in product liability defence matters, with experience representing major pharmaceutical clients such as Merck and GlaxoSmithKline.
Lana Varney wins praise from sources as a result of her expert representation of clients in product liability litigation, where she focuses on the life sciences and medical device sectors.
Mark Brown specialises in product liability arising out of FDA regulatory frameworks, assisting clients in complex mass torts with a life sciences dimension.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

This firm is home to eight outstanding practitioners in the product liability field.
Sheila Boston is praised as “a true star professional” who is described as “lively, smart, extremely reputable and well connected in the market”.
Pamela Yates is a “very fine trial attorney” who focuses on sophisticated life sciences product liability matters. Her technical expertise prompts sources to note that she “excels on the scientific side of things and can simplify complex ideas easily”.
Lori Leskin is an expert in conducting product liability litigation with experience working on class action proceedings against high-profile clients in the cosmetic and life sciences industries.
Anand Agneshwar possesses deep expertise in product liability litigation, representing clients in a wide array of venues and courts as well as advising them in relation to FDA regulations and compliance.

Gordon & Rees

This firm has seven experts listed across three states.
Nancy Erfle is highly active in the product liability space, acting for clients on litigation and mass torts across a spectrum of industries, with interviewees noting her “outstanding national presence”.
Jack McCowan Jr is “held in very high regard” by numerous sources for his product liability defence work in relation to pharmaceutical and medical device products, with interviewees noting that he has “tried a lot of big cases”.
Laura De Santos regularly assists manufacturers in the life sciences sector in complex product liability defence matters, working all elements of high-stakes proceedings, from discovery to settlement negotiation.
Co-founder Stuart Gordon has extensive experience in trial litigation, much of that in major product liability defence matters, leading him to be “very highly regarded” by peers.

Other Leading Individuals

Canada

At Fasken, Peter Pliszka is enthusiastically praised by sources as “a first-rate lawyer” for his work in product liability, where he supports clients in a variety of industries including automobile manufacturing, food and medical devices.
Steven Rosenhek excels in litigation and class action proceedings, performing well at trial and on appeal with a focus on actions in the automotive sector.

McMillan’s Teresa Dufort impresses with her expertise in product liability defence where she possesses considerable knowledge of regulatory frameworks and cross-border proceedings. She also excels at the domestic level, managing major class action suits in a number of industries.
Scott Maidment is an expert in litigation, drawing on decades of experience in trials and appeals to offer clients enviable experience in carrying out large-scale product liability defence.

From Blake Cassels & Graydon, Gordon McKee receives plaudits from sources who identify him as “definitely a player in the market” while others affirm that he “must be one of the greats in the profession in the world – some of the work he’s done is simply amazing”.
James Sullivan QC is highly regarded in the product liability and class action space, winning acclaim from sources who describe him as “a star; so clever and so thorough with a light touch”. 

USA

At Campbell Conroy & O’Neil, James Campbell impresses peers who note that he is “just an amazing lawyer – he’s tough, thorough and energetic,” while one source adds that “he’s highly intelligent and meticulous in detail”.
Richard Campbell is a long-standing trial attorney who leverages his decades of experience in noteworthy litigation to provide clients with an invaluable level of expertise in product liability defence and class action proceedings.
Joseph O’Neil dedicates his practice to providing superb representation for clients in product liability matters, including mass tort proceedings.
William Conroy is “one of the best in the country” for product liability defence, where he excels in matters relating to the automotive industry as well as injury class actions.

Venable’s Bruce Parker emphasises pharmaceutical and medical device product liability defence and mass torts in his top-tier practice with peers highlighting his “great scientific counsel” and describing him as “an excellent practitioner”.
Craig Thompson is a highly sought-after litigator whose stellar work in product liability defence actions prompts peers to recognise him as “a fantastic trial counsel”.

Christy Jones from Butler Snow is a standout professional in the market with extensive experience in significant product liability defence trials. Sources call her “an outstanding trial attorney” and “one of the top product liability defence lawyers in the country”.
William Gage has decades of experience in trial litigation with an emphasis on cases including mass tort actions in drug and medical device products and other life-science product liability matters.

Dechert’s Mark Cheffo is a seasoned product liability defence lawyer who has considerable experience in mass tort litigation. Sources are quick to praise his “amazing capabilities in trying high-profile cases” and describe him as “top-notch in his field and a talented leader”.
Sheila Birnbaum is “one of the most outstanding lawyers in the country and has been for a long time” according to sources who describe her as “a superb PLD lawyer”, “a true legend” and “the queen of torts and product liability”.

Mary Wells from Wells Anderson & Race is “an excellent practitioner” and “a first-rate lawyer” with a terrific product liability defence practice.

At Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Tripp Haston has been “a mainstay in product matters for two decades”, with sources lauding his “outstanding work” in the field.
Charles Stewart III is commended as the “the best jury defence lawyer in the state” by sources who also note that he is “very experienced with building products litigation”, a testament to his far-reaching skillset in the area.
Lela Hollabaugh is a dedicated trial lawyer with noteworthy experience in large-scale jury and bench trials relating to high-stakes life sciences disputes and mass tort cases.

Quentin Urquhart Jr of Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore is described as “just wonderful” by sources impressed by his expertise in product liability defence claims across a wide range of products including pesticides, asbestos and pharmaceuticals.
Kim Moore has significant technical expertise in life sciences disputes, excelling in product liability defence cases and mass tort litigations in the space.

At Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum, Tarek Ismail wins praise as “a stand-up guy” in the area who brings vast experience in major pharmaceutical and device litigation cases both for individuals and in mass tort claims.
Joe Tomaselli Jr is “a quality guy” and “a great lawyer who is very experienced in trial management and an excellent member in cross-border teams” in mass tort and other product liability proceedings.

Andrew Goldman is a top-tier attorney with extensive experience managing product liability cases and handling complex trials. Peers note his ability in the area and highlight him as “an excellent trial lawyer who is very articulate”.
Shayna Cook excels in handling complex litigation in-state and nationwide, offering clients her in-depth knowledge of trial proceedings to support them through product liability defence matters.

Molly Hood Craig from Hood Law Firm has an impressive stature in the product liability market, being described by sources as “really top-flight” and “a terrific lawyer” for her laudable work in relation to drug and device products.

At Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, Ralph Campillo is a seasoned trial lawyer with immense experience in individual and class action cases in product liability matters. Peers describe him as “very solid, very experienced and very professional” and add that “he has been there and done that in the space”.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough’s David Dukes is the “best of the best” and “provides excellent representation” to clients in product liability cases, with peers highlighting his “absolutely terrific” work for clients including manufacturers.
Marc Williams distinguishes himself through his expert handling of product liability cases relating to sectors as diverse as electronic product manufacturing and mining equipment.
James Rogers has three decades’ worth of experience representing clients in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries in major product liability defence trials.

Clarke Silverglate’s Spencer Silverglate is well known for his strong trial practice and impresses peers who state that they have a “very high regard for him” and add that “he is extremely professional, reliable and dependable”.

Philip Beck at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott is commended as “excellent” and “one of the best trial attorneys out there” by peers who recognise his notable talent and experience in the market.
Adam Hoeflich receives plaudits from sources who describe him as “very dependable and knowledgeable” in product liability defence matters.
Rebecca Weinstein Bacon has significant experience in handling major consumer class action cases with interviewees affirming that they “have a high regard for her and her work ethic”.

Bruce Barze Jr at Barze Taylor Noles Lowther wins recognition as a “first-rate lawyer” who has experience representing multinational companies in high-value negligence and product liability cases.

At Pepper Hamilton, Nina Gussack impresses sources who highlight her work in the product liability space, noting that she is“one of the best and most experienced lawyers in the US, a real trusted adviser for her clients”.

From Weil Gotshal & Manges, Diane Sullivan is a seasoned trial lawyer and an expert in high-stakes court proceedings with expertise representing clients from industries such as consumer products and pharmaceuticals.

DLA Piper’s Raymond Williams is highly experienced in conducting sophisticated trial proceedings, managing mass tort actions and sensitive product liability disputes with aplomb.

Gregory Lederer of Lederer Weston Craig has an enviable product liability practice that sees him trying complex cases relating to pharmaceutical and product liability matters with sources declaring that he is “one of the best lawyers I know” and “top in the state”.

Ice Miller’s Mary Nold Larimore has “an excellent reputation” in the market for her outstanding work in litigation and expert representation of clients in numerous sectors including chemicals and pharmaceuticals, leading sources to describe her as “a terrific practitioner”.

Lori Cohen of Greenberg Traurig is held in high regard for her impressive handling of mass torts and individual litigation in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors.

From Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Charles Cohen offers clients vital expertise and an ability to “formulate great strategy” in product liability defence proceedings. Sources praise him as “absolutely brilliant, just one of the most intelligent lawyers I’ve ever encountered”.

The “excellent” Neil Goldberg at Goldberg Segalla is a long-standing product liability practitioner who represents clients across the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors.

At Tucker Ellis, Robert Tucker focuses his standout practice in pharmaceutical product liability matters and has decades of experience representing clients in cases brought nationwide.
Sherry Knutson is “an outstanding national coordinating and trial counsel” who excels in product liability defence with an emphasis on medical device and pharmaceutical cases.
James Mizgala is hailed by one interviewee as “the best of the best, particularly on scientific matters; he would be at the top of my list”. Other sources affirm that he is “fantastic on science and expert issues”.

Malcom Wheeler of Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell is “a tremendous lawyer” who is “the complete package – brilliant” when it comes to product liability mass tort and individual actions across a spectrum of industries.
John Trigg is a top-notch lawyer who possesses considerable experience in the product liability market and provides clients with crucial advice and representation across sectors such as automotives and consumer products.

Douglas Marvin at Williams & Connolly “enjoys an excellent reputation and has a long-time following of many clients”, comment interviewees reflecting his impressive standing and experience gained through more than 45 years in the field.
Heidi Hubbard “is an outstanding lawyer at the firm” according to peers familiar with her top-tier practice, encompassing product liability litigation and disputes arising out of the life sciences market.

Christopher Scott D’Angelo from Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads is noted by peers to be “top-notch in several product areas” as he acts for clients from a variety of industries in complex litigation proceedings.

Christopher Tompkins at Betts Patterson & Mines is “an excellent lawyer” who possesses vast experience in trial proceedings and has represented clients in sectors ranging from medical devices to chemical products.

Cary Hiltgen of Hiltgen & Brewer is hailed as “probably the best products trial lawyer in the country” by sources impressed by his work on product liability defence. He offers tremendous expertise in large-scale litigation proceedings.

Holland & Knight’s Thomas Yoo is a highly skilled product liability lawyer with deep experience managing technical and complex trials in the life sciences space.

At Beck Redden, David Beck draws praise from sources who note that he is “excellent, one of the top in the country” for his remarkable work in high-profile product liability litigation.

Beth Wilkinson at Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz excels in supporting clients through trial proceedings. Her superb track record in product liability disputes prompts peers to commend her as “a go-to trial lawyer” and a “very fine trial attorney”. 

EMEA

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Rod Freeman Cooley LLP, London
2. Ina Brock Hogan Lovells LLP, Munich
3. Cécile Derycke Hogan Lovells LLP, Paris
4. Roddy Bourke  McCann Fitzgerald, Dublin
5. Jacques-Antoine Robert  Simmons & Simmons, Paris
6. John Meltzer  Hogan Lovells LLP, London
7. Ian Dodds-Smith  Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, London
8. Sarah L Croft Shook Hardy & Bacon International LLP, London

Leading Firms

Hogan Lovells

This international firm has 13 highly talented practitioners recognised across six jurisdictions in the EMEA region.
Ina Brock is “clearly a leader” according to peers, who also describe her as “top-notch; one of the best in her field”. According to interviewees, she “handles many international high-profile and high-stakes cases”.
Cécile Derycke excels in managing product liability disputes in the life sciences sector, with sources highlighting her as “thorough, knowledgeable and user-friendly”.
John Meltzer is a prominent name in the UK market, acting for clients across a spectrum of industries including tobacco and medical devices. He regularly advises on large-scale litigation proceedings with cross-border elements.
Sebastian Lach is an experienced practitioner who has expertise conducting expansive product recalls, litigation and supply chain management issues. He impresses sources who note that he is “an excellent lawyer who is skilled in advising on complex multi-jurisdictional cases”.
Francesca Rolla is a powerhouse in the Italian market, excelling in carrying out strategic litigation as well as non-contentious advisory work in product safety and liability matters. Her standout work in the area prompts one source to state simply: “She’s great!”
Valerie Kenyon is commended by peers who note that she is “highly active in product safety and technology”, reflecting her top-quality technical knowledge and experience in product litigation.

Shook Hardy & Bacon International

The US-based firm has a strong presence in the EMEA region, seeing four top-flight individuals listed from their London office.
Sarah Croft earns acclaim from peers and clients alike for her tremendous work. Sources note that she is “direct, to the point and very knowledgeable about products law” while others highlight her “very strong technical expertise on substantive product liability defence”.
Alison Newstead wins praise as a “very resourceful and knowledgeable lawyer in the field whose responsiveness is excellent”, featuring “in-depth knowledge of product liability”. She advises clients from a range of industries including the pharmaceutical and medical device fields in complex matters.
Simon Castley is “definitely very experienced in product liability defence work and is also experienced in global proceedings”, according to sources familiar with his work.
Samuel Sebree II is a talented product liability defence lawyer who has experience acting in class actions and individual claims domestically and internationally.

Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices

Possessing a strong presence in the Israeli market, the firm sees three experts highlighted.
The “top-notch” Ron Peleg is a guru in the pharmaceutical and automotive product liability areas, offering clients authoritative representation in high-level class actions and other disputes.
Israel Leshem has a highly impressive practice where he advises a wide range of notable multinational clients in complex product liability defence.
Hagit Avrahami is “very cerebral and highly responsive” as noted by peers who recognise her expertise in the market, going on to describe her as “a strong advocate and very skilled, but is also very easy to deal with”.

Other Leading Individuals

Austria

Daniela Karollus-Bruner from CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte is well-known as an expert in the product liability market and is hailed as “excellent and knowledgeable” by sources.

England

At Cooley, Rod Freeman is a “first-rate” figure in the product liability market who impresses sources with his scientific and technological expertise, prompting them to note that he is “highly active in product safety work, especially with a technology bent”.

At Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, Ian Dodds-Smith is a standout practitioner who is commended as “a leader in the field” and “the doyen of product liability defence” by sources. His “unsurpassed knowledge and experience” makes him “a truly trusted adviser”, report other interviewees.
Adela Williams is enthusiastically praised by peers for her “excellent knowledge” and “long-standing and deep expertise in the area” while others note that her “medical background gives her an undoubted edge over the competition”.
Tom Fox draws recommendations as an experienced litigator and adviser on litigation regulatory matters in the product liability area at a domestic and European level.

Paul Llewellyn from Geldards is a long-standing expert in product liability matters, with significant expertise in advising clients from the medical device, engineering and pharmaceutical fields in major litigation proceedings.

From Kennedys, Trevor Davies is “really good to deal with and well-thought of in the space”. He is particularly well known for his expertise in insurance-related product liability matters.

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer John Blain is praised by peers as “a leading product specialist” and “a major force in effectively defending major product liability claims”. Sources also note that he is “a great team leader and top-notch, by any measure”.

Henderson Chambers’ Prashant Popat QC is an impressive barrister in the field whom peers describe as “calm and authoritative” and a practitioner who “works through detail with speed and precision and who is excellent on his feet”.
Toby Riley-Smith QC wins respect as “an excellent barrister” for his “unsurpassed attention to detail and fantastic knowledge of the product liability field”. He acts for individuals and companies in complex proceedings and is “a joy to work with”. 

France

Jacques Antoine Robert of Simmons & Simmons is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience in dispute resolution relating to complex product liability claims arising out of the pharmaceutical, automotive and chemical manufacturing sectors.

Signature Litigation’s Emmanuèle Lutfalla excels in handling disputes at the intersection of product liability and insurance matters, representing clients from the life sciences sector in litigation and product risk management.
Sylvie Gallage-Alwis is a consummate expert in product liability defence, representing clients in individual claims and mass tort proceedings across a wide array of industries.
Thomas Rouhette has vast experience in litigation and is “especially well known in product liability cases”, expertly representing clients on domestic and cross-border mandates.

Germany

Noerr’s Michael Molitoris leads the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution team and adeptly manages a variety of proceedings in the product safety and litigation areas.
Thomas Klindt focuses on product safety and liability matters, acting for clients in multi-jurisdictional cases. Peers note that he is “very detail-oriented and provides a great service to clients”.

Henning Moelle from Taylor Wessing is “a great lawyer who is very pleasant to work with and has a terrific client base and practice”. He offers superb experience working for clients across industries including automotives and medical devices.

Ireland

Roddy Bourke at McCann Fitzgerald is an expert in product liability litigation and draws praise from sources who describe him as having been “the go-to person in Ireland for many years”. They further highlight him as “terrific, with an amazing combination of high-end intelligence and high-end personality”.

Arthur Cox’s Isabel Foley is a tremendous lawyer with outstanding knowledge of product liability defence matters. She regularly advises international clients on complex issues that include product recalls, regulatory frameworks and product safety.

Italy

Alessandro Giorgetti at Studio Legale Giorgetti wins praise from market commentators, with one interviewee affirming that he is “one of the best lawyers I know” for his standout work in product liability and insurance.

At Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners, Daniele Vecchi is an internationally respected lawyer who stands out as an expert in product liability litigation. He is hailed by sources as “a clear and unpretentious communicator with strong analytical skills” whose “experience in the courts is excellent”.

Netherlands

Ianika Tzankova of Tzankova Legal Consulting is a knowledgeable product liability lawyer who is recognised by peers as “excellent”, with an impressive stature in the international market.

Scotland

From Burness Paull, Joanna Fulton is a litigation specialist with extensive experience advising clients from the medical devices, pharmaceutical, food and household product fields. Her expertise makes her the “go-to person in Scotland” according to sources who note that she is “brilliant and great to work with”.

Spain

Francisco Carrión García de Parada of Eversheds Sutherland is a highly experienced trial lawyer with expertise in representing complex claims brought around health and life sciences products.

Switzerland

Jodok Wicki from CMS von Erlach Poncet is well known for his dispute-resolution expertise and offers clients his broad and varied knowledge in conducting insurance and product liability claims.

Asia-Pacific

Global Elite Thought Leaders
1. Colin Loveday Clayton Utz, Sydney
2. Stuart Clark AM Independent Practitioner, Sydney
3. Ariel Ye King & Wood Mallesons, Shenzhen
4. Ross McInnes Clayton Utz, Sydney

Leading Firms

Clayton Utz

This Australian powerhouse sees four leading lawyers recognised.
Colin Loveday is a product liability guru who is hailed by sources as the "go-to person in Australia" for sophisticated matters. He continues to be regarded as one of the top names internationally and is recognised as a Global Elite Thought Leader this year.
Ross McInnes comes "very highly recommended" by respondents, thanks to his exceptional representation of clients in class action proceedings. He is rated in our research as one of Australia’s leading names.
Andrew Morrison has a well-respected international practice and is highlighted for his "vast experience representing US companies in Australia".
Greg Williams is held in high esteem among sources who applaud his work in major individual and class action cases relating to life sciences products.

Other Leading Individuals

Australia

Independent practitioner Stuart Clark AM is “a phenomenal practitioner” and a world-class litigator with more than 35 years’ experience in the Australian and international markets.

China

Ariel Ye from King & Wood Mallesons is a leading figure in the Chinese market and a vastly talented product liability defence practitioner. Her abilities prompt practitioners worldwide to describe her as “an excellent lawyer” whom they “strongly endorse”.

Japan

Akihiro Hironaka at Nishimura & Asahi supports clients through complex product liability matters that regularly involve multinational companies and high-stakes litigation conducted across a variety of jurisdictions.

Korea

Kim & Chang’s Brian Oh impresses peers who note that he is their "go-to in Korea” for his expertise in product safety, recall and compliance, drawing upon his standout knowledge of regulatory frameworks and dispute knowledge.

New Zealand

Robert Gapes at Simpson Grierson is a highly respected and “very sound” practitioner who possesses vast experience of litigating and advising on complex product liability matters, with sources asserting that “no one comes close to his experience”.

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