Chambers & Partners has compiled its independent and objective list of America's Leading Lawyers for Business based on comments gathered from thousands of interviews with clients and lawyers from Maine to Hawaii. This guide — which is designed to reflect market opinion — contains a view of the firms and attorneys who are considered leaders in their field.
In Chambers' 2009 review of national legal talent in the area of "Products Liability," our Firm and our lawyers are listed among the best in the country.
Nationwide Ranking: Tier 1
"These litigators deserve all the praise they receive – they are talented, tenacious and get results," say sources. This team is perhaps best known for its tobacco and toxic torts expertise and has enjoyed several notable successes recently. It obtained a full defense verdict for Dow Chemical in an alleged asbestos exposure case, and obtained the dismissal of a class action certification on behalf of 3M. David Bernick is "the real deal. Without a doubt, he belongs right at the top of the tables." He is a determined and formidable advocate who produces exceptional quality tobacco and asbestos work. He secured an agreement for W.R. Grace to settle all current and future asbestos-related claims. Stephen Patton is highlighted for "his intelligent, analytical style and his diligence." He is working on the long-running litigation surrounding the master settlement agreement between tobacco companies and 52 states and territories.
Reprinted with permission from Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2009 — www.chambersandpartners.com.