Product Liability Defense

HKM attorneys provide sound strategy, focused advice, and comprehensive evaluations and recommendations for our clients during the course of litigation. HKM draws upon the many insights our attorneys have gained working with a diverse range of clients over three decades.

A Team Approach

We view a team approach, working with in-house counsel and our client’s engineering group, as a critical part of a successful defense. We want to know our client’s business, understand their product and design processes and meet with their key players early on.

Product Liability Clients

With more than thirty years of experience in the realm of product liability, HKM lawyers enjoy a national reputation of excellence in representing product manufacturers and retailers. Serving as local, regional and national counsel for a number of companies, we are involved in a broad spectrum of product litigation such as:

  • Agricultural equipment
  • Aircraft, aircraft engines and their component parts
  • Construction and industrial equipment
  • Playground equipment
  • Dietary supplements
  • Food products
  • Household appliances
  • Recreational equipment
  • Technical and electrical equipment
  • A multitude of other consumer products

Our Litigation Philosophy

HKM’s litigation philosophy is founded on the importance of early and ongoing case evaluations.

  • HKM attorneys strive to identify critical issues early on and make recommendations to handle the case appropriately.
  • We work closely with clients to determine which cases should be pressed to trial and which should be resolved early on.
  • The trademark of our success is that HKM lawyers are not afraid to try a lawsuit if necessary – and our opposing counsel know it.
  • We are fully prepared and have the experience and fortitude to ask a jury to determine the outcome of a case and have success in doing so. This is a distinguishing feature of our lawyers and which is very beneficial to our clients.
  • Many of our trial attorneys have hands on experience with the products we are defending. This provides a unique advantage which often translates to not only effective cross examinations of witnesses and experts, but also a cooperative and team approach in working with our client’s engineering group and in-house counsel. At the same time, we are mindful of the costs and risks associated with defending these types of cases, and will work to effectively resolve a case in a manner that best achieves our client’s desired objectives.
Litigation Programs
Our lawyers participate in a series of self-designed litigation programs to further develop the firm’s insight into successful approaches during the defense of particular product manufacturers. The programs we offer include:

 

  • Consultation
  • Risk management assessment
  • Information management services
  • Litigation management services

In the process, we develop a clear sense of what works and what doesn’t in the defense of a product manufacturer on a national and regional level.

We have also developed a strong connection with local counsel in the states in which we are asked to defend our clients.  HKM has connections to many of the best experts in the country to assist our client in evaluating the claim.

Our attorneys also have a strong litigation support team, using innovative techniques to help us manage document review and production, however small or large, to allow for ongoing effective and efficient review during the litigation and for presentation at motions or trial, as needed.

Jeffrey A. Abrahamson
Jeffrey A. Abrahamson

Senior Attorney

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651-251-8315

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Michelle D. Christensen
Michelle D. Christensen

Shareholder

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651-251-8361

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J.P. Gatto
J.P. Gatto

Shareholder

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651-251-8353

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Christopher C. Grecian
Christopher C. Grecian

Senior Attorney

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651-251-8377

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Daniel A. Haws
Daniel A. Haws

Shareholder

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651-251-8321

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C. Todd Koebele
C. Todd Koebele

Shareholder

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651-251-8324

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Kyle Koebele
Kyle Koebele

Associate

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651-251-8369

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Ryan Malone
Ryan Malone

Associate

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651-251-8371

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Michael Mather
Michael Mather

Associate

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651-251-8328

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William L. Moran
William L. Moran

Shareholder

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651-251-8317

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Krista J. Pezewski
Krista J. Pezewski

Shareholder

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651-767-8867

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Casey B. Suszynski
Casey B. Suszynski

Associate

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651-251-8307

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Peter W. Wanning
Peter W. Wanning

Shareholder

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651-251-8313

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