McGlinchey Stafford’s products liability team serves as national and regional counsel for Global 500 companies and manufacturers, blending technical proficiency with deep trial experience to achieve successful outcomes. Our lawyers also understand the business implications of litigation. We use this foundational knowledge to devise approaches that reduce reputational and economic risk and align with our clients’ overall business strategies.

The firm’s offices in key geographic areas are only the starting point for our experience in providing representation across the U.S. and the world. In the products liability litigation context, for example, we provide representation in most jurisdictions in the U.S. on behalf of worldwide manufacturing leaders. Two partners in our products liability group serve as regional counsel for global manufacturers. From our decades of experience in representing manufacturers, we have formed strong bonds with defense counsel throughout the country, and we employ these resources to serve client needs where we do not have offices. In addition, firm lawyers are leaders in the products liability field through their involvement with the Products Liability Advisory Council (PLAC), the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), relevant subcommittees of the American Bar Association (ABA), and other key groups. Relying on these networks, we have in place an efficient, cost-effective system that balances the necessity of national coordination with the demand for local knowledge in effectively managing client needs throughout the United States. The firm has a decades-long history of representing multinational manufacturers throughout the country.

Notably, the firm has received national recognition from clients and peers in Chambers USA for the strength and depth of our representation in the area of products liability litigation. For the past three decades, our products liability lawyers have been named to Best Lawyers® and Super Lawyers lists and are acknowledged leaders in their field. Our team’s diverse litigation experience ranges from single-plaintiff lawsuits to regional and national mass torts and class actions at both the trial and appellate levels across numerous state and federal jurisdictions.

Our representation involves a wide variety of manufacturers and products. We routinely defend clients against allegations involving serious personal injury and death, economic loss, dangerous and defective products, and faulty design. We have obtained defense verdicts and favorable settlements for clients involved with scores of products, including automobiles, heavy trucks, tires, airbags, seatbelts, cranes, construction equipment, helicopters, container handling equipment, plumbing supplies, elevators, power turbines, motorcycles, and household appliances, among others.

In this high-stakes field, we take seriously our role as business advisor, and we adopt a long-term view of our client relationships. Throughout the litigation process and beyond, we counsel our clients, evaluate exposure, and advise on federal regulatory compliance, instruction manuals, technical training, warning labels, and other measures to minimize future liability threats.

Areas of Experience

Our products liability team represents both foreign and domestic manufacturers, distributors, and insurers in litigation involving:

  • Airbag design and function
  • Automotive and motorcycle design
  • Aviation accidents (fixed- and rotary-wing)
  • Chemical and refinery plant explosions
  • Chinese drywall
  • Commercial truck and tractor accidents
  • Construction, agricultural, container handling, mining, and other heavy equipment
  • Consumer appliances
  • Elevators and escalators
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Industrial and manufacturing plants
  • Industrial and marine engine failures
  • Lead paint
  • Medical devices
  • Plumbing supplies
  • Post-collision, fuel-fed fires
  • Power turbines
  • Tire and rim failures on vehicles and industrial equipment
  • Transmission and power control systems