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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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Global science company

Representation of a global science company in a trade secrets theft case against a South Korean manufacturing company, in which a federal judge has ordered an injunction prohibiting the defendant from producing and selling its competing product developed after trade secrets were stolen.
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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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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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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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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

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

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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Multinational automaker

Defense at trial of a multinational automaker in wrongful death case tried in Bamberg County, South Carolina.
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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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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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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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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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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

Defense of a multinational automaker at trial in wrongful death action in which plaintiff alleged a defectively designed airbag sensor system resulted in an improper deployment of the driver airbag.  A defense verdict was returned.
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Raleigh litigation team secures defense verdict for OB-GYN

A 12-person jury in Cartaret County, N.C., returned a unanimous defense verdict after only 38 minutes of deliberation following an eight-day trial. This finally concluded litigation in a medical malpractice action that spanned seven years. The plaintiff, a physician herself, initially sued two OB-GYNs and their practice over surgical complications that led to additional surgeries and a 50-day extended hospital stay. After voluntarily dismissing during the first trial, the plaintiff changed counties, re-filed and proceeded to trial against the practice and the attending surgeon, both clients of the firm. The jury verdict, finding no negligence on the part of our clients, upheld the position throughout that these complications, though serious and rare, are a risk of the procedure.

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Property owners

Effective representation of plaintiffs in nuisance action resulting in $1.6 million jury verdict after six-day jury trial.
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Leading generic and specialty pharmaceutical company

After a three week jury trial, obtained a unanimous defense verdict for one of the world's leading generic and specialty pharmaceutical companies.
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Richmond trial team wins nuisance and trespass case

In 2006, upland developers Boyd Corporation and Ramblewood Forrest LLC broke ground on a 175-home subdivision in Chesterfield County, Va. Despite zoning and permit conditions requiring vigilant sediment controls, the developers allowed 3 million tons of fine clay to brown up and then kill a pristine 3-acre farm pond owned by McGuireWoods' clients Ronald and Joyce Luck. They also increased storm water discharge volume to the point of imperiling the Lucks' dirt dam and emergency spillway, and destroying buffering wetlands.

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McGuireWoods secures jury verdict for academic medical center

McGuireWoods helped an academic medical center secure a defense verdict following a jury trial of claims relating to the alleged improper administration of the drug Phenergan which led to a patient's vasculitis, compartment syndrome and necrosis of an extremity. The litigation arose from treatment in the center's emergency department during which the plaintiff received three IV injections of the medication also known as Promethazine. The plaintiff claimed that in light of the know dangers of the medication – highlighted in the U.S. Supreme Court case Wyeth v Levin – the hospital should have employed heightened standards advocated by drug safety organizations in order to prevent such injuries.

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Brys Laura G. Brys
Counsel
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Los Angeles, CA 90071-2036

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Gregory Evans Gregory Evans
Partner
633 West Fifth Street
Floor Sixty Seven
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2036

T: +1 213 627 2268
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Cindy Lu Cindy S. Lu
Associate
633 West Fifth Street
Floor Sixty Seven
Los Angeles, CA 90071-2036

T: +1 213 627 2268
F: +1 213 627 2579
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