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Trials

When it really matters . . .

At McGuireWoods, we try cases. Lots of cases.

McGuireWoods has multiple teams of experienced trial lawyers located throughout our firm. Lawyers with thousands of hours of courtroom experience in state and federal courts across the United States in lawsuits involving a wide range of subjects. Lawyers who have stood before juries dozens of times. Lawyers who know what it means to represent clients with pride and passion. Lawyers who know how to persuade. Lawyers who know how to win.

Every competitive business in America will sooner or later face the need for litigation services. Whether in the world of intellectual property, business disputes, securities, antitrust, environmental, or any variety of “bet your company” case, today’s managers will be called upon to make significant decisions regarding the selection of trial counsel and management of the litigation process.

Virtually every major “full service” firm offers litigation support: Document production and review; depositions and analysis; multiple motions and briefs. All firms claim internal efficiencies, but cost-effectiveness is a paramount concern at McGuireWoods. If a matter is destined to reach a jury, we judge the efficiency of our work by a single uncommon standard: does the specific expenditure of time or money make it more likely that a jury will find in our client’s favor?

Why this standard? Because with vast experience actually taking cases to trial, our trial team members know that when a case is positioned for a favorable jury outcome, the rest will take care of itself. Opponents become more reasonable and willing to negotiate. Imaginative business solutions appear. Cases go away.
Experienced risk managers know this reality. Some have learned the hard way. “Litigation” drives the process, but the projected outcome at trial or judgment ALWAYS dictates the result. McGuireWoods lawyers live this reality every day.

Additional Capabilities

The McGuireWoods Trial Team Roundtable provides decision-makers with a unique opportunity to benefit from our firm’s experience. During a dynamic and lively full-day “roundtable” discussion, McGuireWoods trial lawyers will meet with you to analyze and challenge your assumptions, theories and defenses in the matter at hand. Rather than a mini-trial or focus group, this format affords the opportunity to work with experienced McGuireWoods trial lawyers who can bring fresh eyes to your case. Through the interactive experience, you and your team will come away with creative ideas, themes and proposals for action in developing an effective trial strategy that you may not have previously considered. Armed with these ideas, you and your team can then determine whether or not to incorporate them into an effective trial strategy.

CONTACTS

Mark E. Anderson Partner T: +1 919 755 6678
Ronald G. Franklin Partner T: +1 832 214 9942
Sidney Kanazawa Partner T: +1 310 315 8238
Christina M. Egan Partner T: +1 312 750 8644
Jonathan P. Harmon Partner T: +1 804 775 4712
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. v. Kolon Industries, Inc., Case No. 3 :09cv58 (E.D. Va.). Represented plaintiff in a trade secrets case against Kolon Industries, a South Korean manufacturing company. After a seven-week trial, the jury found that Kolon illegally obtained information regarding DuPont's Kevlar® aramid fiber from former DuPont employees and awarded DuPont $920 million in damages.
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Multinational automaker

Defended multinational automaker before the Circuit Court for the City of Baltimore in a trial alleging plaintiff developed mesothelioma from secondary exposure to break shoes worn by relatives who were dealership mechanics.
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Leading pork producer and processor

In a test case the plaintiff alleged that our client’s farming operations caused property damages and severe personal injuries to him and his family. After a three-week trial, the jury deliberated for just over an hour and issued a defense verdict in favor of our client.
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North American packaged foods company

Representation of a North American packaged foods company in a four-day trial in Delaware state court. The case sought insurance coverage for the indemnity payments and defense costs client incurred as a result of a recall.
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One of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the United States

Representation and defense of an energy company in a $750 million alleged breach of contract case involving the termination of a coal supply agreement and related claimed lost profits, land reclamation and surface water treatment damages.
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Police officer

Representation and defense of police officer in high exposure, highly publicized federal civil rights action arising out of the fatal shooting of an intoxicated, unarmed foreign national.
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Major Hollywood studio

Obtained a unanimous and complete defense verdict in a sexual harassment jury trial on behalf of a major Hollywood studio and thereby avoided a judgment, attorney's fees, and embarrassing publicity for the client.
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North American packaged foods company

Representation of a North American packaged foods company at trial in matter related to an explosion at one of the company’s plants that resulted in the death of four people and injury to many others. McGuireWoods was defending the allegations of employer negligence brought against it by two defendants. This five-week trial in Johnston County (NC) Superior Court, which involved the personal injury claims of seven plaintiffs, was the first trial of the eight lawsuits brought as a result of the accident.  
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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Secured a defense verdict in state court in Guilford County, NC on behalf of a Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center-affiliated emergency room doctor and nurse.  The plaintiff's decedent died of complications arising from a small bowel obstruction several hours after she first presented at the emergency room.
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Multinational automaker

Defended a multinational automaker in Miller County, Ga., in a trial where plaintiff alleged he contracted mesothelioma from decades of exposure to asbestos-containing auto parts manufactured by our client.
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Multinational automaker

Defense of a multinational automaker at trial in a case alleging a defective "splash shield" over the exhaust manifold, resulting in a post-collision fire.
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One of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the United States

Defense of one of the largest producers and transporters of energy in the United States in a multi-billion dollar nuisance suit alleging air and water contamination due to fly ash residue on behalf of over 450 plaintiffs.  Achieved dismissal of 10 of the 12 causes of action, as well as all of the water contamination allegations, and the medical monitoring, stigma, fear of future injury, and emotional injury damages.
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Multinational automaker

Defended a multinational automaker at trial in wrongful death resulting from a post-collision fire in which plaintiff alleged a defective fuel system design. A defense verdict was returned.
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Multinational automaker

Defended a multinational automaker at trial in a case alleging a defective "splash shield" over the exhaust manifold, resulting in a post-collision fire.
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Multinational automaker

Defense at trial of a multinational automaker in wrongful death case tried in Bamberg County, South Carolina.
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E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. v. Kolon Industries, Inc., Case No. 3 :09cv58 (E.D. Va.). Representation of plaintiff in a trade secrets case against Kolon Industries, a South Korean manufacturing company. After a seven-week trial, the jury found that Kolon illegally obtained information regarding DuPont's Kevlar® aramid fiber from former DuPont employees and awarded DuPont $920 million in damages.
Case Study

Charlottesville lawyers win jury verdict for Dominion Advertising

McGuireWoods represented client Dominion Advertising in a lawsuit to enforce a promissory note and defend against counterclaims for fraud in the inducement and breach of fiduciary duty. The opposing party was the Chandler Law Group and its two partners, who are prominent personal injury lawyers in central Virginia. After three days of trial, the jury returned a verdict for Dominion Advertising on all counts.

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Provider of physician's services

After a two-week trial in North Carolina’s Alamance County Superior Court, a Raleigh-based litigation team secured a defense verdict in favor of an EmCare-employed emergency physician accused of failing to diagnose an arterial occlusion, resulting in the loss of plaintiff’s leg four days after she was seen in the emergency room.
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Power and solar energy businesses

Served as lead trial counsel to our client in a multimillion-dollar breach of contract action, in which our client obtained an almost $9 million jury verdict against a St. Louis based company for breach of a three-year silicon power supply agreement.
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Multinational automaker

Defended a multinational automaker at trial in wrongful death resulting from a post-collision fire in which plaintiff alleged a defective fuel system design. A defense verdict was returned.
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