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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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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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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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Representation of a global science company in a trade secrets theft case against a South Korean manufacturing company.

DuPont filed a civil trade secrets case in 2009 against Kolon Industries Inc. for conspiring with former employees to steal proprietary information about Kevlar™, the bulletproofing fiber used in body armor products. McGuireWoods served as lead trial counsel for DuPont in civil litigation spanning six years. Meanwhile, in 2012, the U.S. Government filed a criminal case against Kolon – in which the company pleaded guilty in April 2015. In doing so, Kolon agreed to pay $360 million in fines, ending the long-running civil and criminal disputes.

The case is historically significant because of the size of the original verdict, the rulings on a host of key trade secrets and spoliation issues, and the resulting settlement obtained by DuPont.  It has also been cited in ongoing efforts by the Obama administration as an example of the need for enhanced federal protection of corporate trade secrets. Awarded the Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Litigation by American Lawyer Media in 2015.
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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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Multinational automaker

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

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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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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Automobile manufacturer

Defense at trial of an automobile manufacturer in a wrongful death case tried in the Southern District of New York. Driver was ejected in a multiple rollover collision. Plaintiff contended that the car’s door latching and restraint systems were defective, allowing the door to open in the crash. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict for our client, finding there was no defect.
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Multinational automaker

Defense at trial of a multinational automaker in a wrongful death case tried in Louisville, Ky. Plaintiff was seated in the front passenger seat, unbelted. She was ejected and crushed between the vehicle and a concrete barrier. Plaintiff contended the car’s door lock and latching systems were defective, allowing the door to open in the crash. After a two-week trial, the jury deliberated for just 45 minutes before returning a verdict for our client, finding there was no defect.
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Leading global provider of components, systems and services used in heating, air conditioning, commercial cooking/refrigeration, and residential thermostat products

Defense of leading global provider of components, systems and services used in heating, air conditioning, commercial cooking/refrigeration, and residential thermostat products in state court in New Jersey in combined cases arising from the catastrophic explosion of an acetylene manufacturing plant resulting in multiple deaths. After two years of litigation, our client was dismissed by all parties.
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Global science company

Effective defense of global science company in high-profile public nuisance litigation in New Jersey state court relating to the historic manufacture and sale of lead-based paints. Resulted in New Jersey Supreme Court reversing trial court decision and ordering trial court to dismiss.
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Automobile manufacturer

Defense at trial of an automobile manufacturer in a wrongful death case tried in Jackson County, Mo. Plaintiff was rendered a paraplegic in a rollover accident. Plaintiff’s counsel alleged handling and stability defects, and roof strength defects. This was a high profile case, and the resulting defense verdict was publicized throughout the United States.
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Automobile manufacturer

National trial counsel for an automobile manufacturer for automotive product liability litigation.
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Brys Laura G. Brys
Counsel
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

Wells Fargo Center
South Tower
355 S. Grand Ave., Suite 4200
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3103

T: +1 310 315 8226
F: +1 310 956 3167
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Gregory Evans Gregory Evans
Partner
Wells Fargo Center
South Tower
355 S. Grand Ave., Suite 4200
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3103

505 Sansome Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94111

T: +1 213 457 9844
F: +1 213 457 9888
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T:+1 415 844 1964

Mary Hackett Mary J. Hackett
Partner
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7944
F: +1 412 667 7978
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Arsen Kourinian Arsen Kourinian
Associate
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8201
F: +1 310 956 3123
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Cindy Lu Cindy S. Lu
Associate
Wells Fargo Center
South Tower
355 S. Grand Ave., Suite 4200
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3103

T: +1 213 457 9845
F: +1 213 457 9883
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David S. Reidy
Partner
505 Sansome Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94111

T: +1 415 844 1969
F: +1 415 844 1913
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Jamie D. Wells
Associate
505 Sansome Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94111

T: +1 415 844 1972
F: +1 415 844 1915
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