Bowman and Brooke LLP Recognized as National Tier One “Best Law Firm” for Product Liability by U.S. News - Best Lawyers®

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Leading Defense Firm also Honored by The Legal 500 and Chambers USA

Bowman and Brooke LLP, a nationally recognized trial law firm focused on defending high-stakes product liability and mass tort cases, has announced several honorifics for 2012, including its first-ever ranking in the National Tier One category for product liability by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms,” its Band 2 recognition by Chambers USA in the Product Liability and Mass Torts category and its first-ever recognition by The Legal 500 for its Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Practice.

This week, Bowman and Brooke announced its first-ever recognition by U.S. News - Best Lawyers® as a National Tier One law firm in the category of Product Liability. Best Lawyers is based on a peer review survey in which more than 41,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.9 million votes to choose the best lawyers in their own practice areas.

The firm also recently announced its first-ever recognition for its growing Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices practice by The Legal 500.

“Bowman and Brooke LLP has been building a practice in [Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices] for a number of years, and enters the ranking this year owing to a growing national presence,” said The Legal 500 report. That report also recognized the firm’s Automotive Transport Practice for the fourth year in a row, referring to that practice as “outstanding from top to bottom,” “a unique boutique,” and “a clear leader in automotive tort defense.”

Executive Managing Partners Vincent Galvin and Paul Cereghini were named Leading Trial Lawyers on The Legal 500’s list of the top eight Automotive Trial Lawyers. Bowman and Brooke attorneys recognized for their work as part of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices practice were Kim Schmid and Randy Christian. Those recognized in the Automotive Transport practice were Kurt Kern, Karl Viehman, David Stone, Joel Smith and David Kelly.

Earlier this year, Bowman and Brooke was also named to the “short list” of nominations for the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2012 in the category of Product Liability. The Chambers USA Awards, which are given out in association with the global law firm network Lex Mundi, honor outstanding firms based on research conducted for the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The awards reflect preeminence in key practice areas as well as notable achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth, and excellence in client service.

This year, Bowman and Brooke was recognized in Band 2 of the Nationwide Product Liability category, up from Band 3 in 2011 and Band 4 in 2009 and 2010. Four individual attorneys were also recognized: Paul Cereghini and Joel Smith in the Nationwide Individual category and Automotive Spotlight; Sandra Ezell in the Virginia Product Liability category; and Tom Branigan in the Michigan General Commercial category.

U.S. News - Best Lawyers
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For over thirty years, the company has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in distant jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. The 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America includes 41,284 lawyers covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is based on more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers. Best Lawyers also publishes peer-reviewed listings of lawyers in nearly 70 other countries, covering many of the world’s major legal markets. Best Lawyers lists are excerpted in a wide range of general interest, business and legal publications worldwide, reaching an audience of more than 17 million readers.

About The Legal 500
Published for over twenty years, the Legal 500 Series provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal services providers, in over 100 countries. Used by commercial and private clients, corporate counsel, CEOs, CFOs and professional advisers - as well as by other referrers of work both nationally and internationally - the series is widely chosen for its definitive judgment of law firm capabilities.

About Chambers and Partners
Since 1990, Chambers has published the world’s leading guides to the legal profession and has built a reputation for in-depth, objective research. With a team of 100 highly qualified full-time researchers who conduct thousands of interviews with lawyers and their clients worldwide, Chambers identifies and ranks the world’s best lawyers according to the criteria most valued by clients.

About Bowman and Brooke LLP
Bowman and Brooke LLP is a nationally recognized trial firm with one of the largest product liability practices in the country. The firm’s nearly 200 attorneys defend a variety of corporate clients, including many Global 500 companies, in widely publicized catastrophic injury and wrongful death matters, and in other product-related litigation throughout all 50 states. Bowman and Brooke’s lawyers regularly represent their clients and try cases in courthouses across the United States. The firm has offices in Minneapolis, Phoenix, Detroit, San Jose, Los Angeles, Richmond, Columbia, Dallas and Austin. For more information on the firm visit


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