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Products Liability and Torts

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Godfrey & Kahn's Products Liability & Torts Practice Group has the breadth and depth of experience to work with clients on risk prevention and regulatory compliance as well as litigation to defend products or recover costs incurred due to product failures.

Prevention and Compliance

Product liability and tort lawsuits impact your bottom line and can potentially tarnish your company’s reputation. We work to help clients meet regulatory requirements, and identify, minimize, and manage legal risks as an integral first line of defense when business may lead to product liability and tort matters. We understand the products and culture of the businesses that we represent and use our in-depth knowledge of product design and engineering, labeling, distribution and marketing, and consumer usage, along with our litigation experience, to advise our clients on how they can achieve their business objectives with minimal risk or litigation. Wherever our clients’ business takes them, we have the experience, legal skill and practical, business-savvy attitude to help them succeed.


When litigation cannot be avoided, our attorneys are prepared to defend our clients’ reputations and their products. We have a proven track record of successful defense in a variety of product-related lawsuits. We consider our representation to be more than just attorney-client arrangements; they are strategic business partnerships centered around developing coherent and targeted strategies focused on our clients’ objectives. Product liability and tort cases involve preparation, evaluation and resolution of the matter as expeditiously and cost-effectively as possible. Clients are involved in the decision-making process at every stage of litigation and are apprised of their risks, options and potential expenses.

Our Services

Our attorneys have broad experience and capabilities in every aspect of product liability and toxic tort legal practice including:

  • Product liability litigation
  • Product development and design safety assessments
  • Risk assessments
  • Product warnings, manuals, and instructions
  • Sales and distribution agreements
  • Product recalls and crisis management
  • Safety management communications
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Pharmaceutical pricing litigation
  • Seminars and training
  • Toxic tort defense
  • Medical device and pharmaceutical defense
  • Medical/health care defense
  • Class and mass-action defense
  • Negligence and consumer fraud defense
  • Appeals

Product Liability & Consumer Fraud

Our attorneys have counseled and represented clients in administrative and court proceedings in Wisconsin and throughout the United States. We have a wide variety of litigation experience with products and manufacturing processes in many different industries including:

  • Adhesives
  • Agricultural products
  • All-terrain vehicles
  • Asbestos exposure
  • Automotive design and manufacturing defects
  • Bicycles
  • Bleachers
  • Building construction
  • Chemicals and metals exposure
  • Cigarettes
  • Consumer products
  • Electrical products
  • Food products and beverages
  • Industrial and commercial machinery
  • Medical devices
  • Motorcycles
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Power tools
  • Recreational devices
  • Respiratory protection equipment
  • Silica exposure
Bryan Cahill

Cahill, Bryan J.

Erin (Maggie) Cook

Cook, Erin (Maggie) M.

Mark Hancock

Hancock, Mark W.

Xavier Jenkins

Jenkins, Xavier O.

Andrew Oettinger

Oettinger, Andrew S.

Angela Peterson

Peterson, Angela


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