Throughout our 35-year history, we have had significant trial experience in complex products liability litigation. This tradition is reflected in our wide variety of clients and complexity of matters. Our products liability attorneys have experience in handling motor vehicle, medical device, pharmaceutical, home products, manufacturing equipment, juvenile products and aircraft litigation. These cases often involve multiple plaintiffs and defendants; complex engineering and design concepts; and complex federal, state, and international procedure.
When an accident or emergency arises, Sandberg Phoenix is quick to respond on behalf of our clients. We are also proactive about tracking suits. In some cases, Sandberg Phoenix may know about a products liability suit before the client does. By responding quickly, and performing a thorough investigation, we are able to better prepare for or prevent a possible trial and costly litigation.
Sandberg Phoenix recognizes how products liability cases can financially impact a company. Our experienced litigators take a thorough, yet cost-conscious approach to case preparation. For every case, Sandberg Phoenix provides our clients with an up-front evaluation that informs clients of their chances of success, potential and probable exposure, and anticipated costs so they know the risks involved. We are also aware of the long-term effects that a products liability case can have on public perception. We focus on not only winning a case, but also take steps to avoid future litigation. We are not out to try every case. Our ultimate goal is always to obtain the best resolution for the client, but yet have a thorough enough defense and preparation to try the case if necessary.
Given the geographic areas which predominate our practice, to include Madison and St. Clair Counties in Illinois and the City of St. Louis in Missouri, we frequently encounter plaintiffs in wrongful death or injury cases who conduct “forum shopping” in venues with no direct ties to their accident claims. Routinely, one of our first areas of inquiry is whether the plaintiff’s choice of forum is appropriate. Where inappropriate, we take all steps possible to have the case transferred to federal court or a more appropriate state court venue. Because these liability claims frequently involve matters with large exposure, we tend to play a significant role in our clients’ handling of similar products cases in other jurisdictions. This role includes such activities as developing a nationwide strategy for the coordination of discovery in products liability lawsuits, preparation of in-house witnesses for deposition or trial testimony in similar products liability cases in other jurisdictions, and providing trial insight and guidance to other local counsel.
Although Sandberg Phoenix primarily represents our clients in Missouri and Illinois, we also serve as their national and regional counsel, and supervise litigation in other areas of the country. Our affiliation with the Network of Trial Law Firms allows us a network of resources in locating expert witnesses and sharing expertise with other products liability counsel that allows us to provide quality representation wherever the case may be pending.
As is apparent from the representative clients listed under Industries, many of our clients are household-named corporations with manufacturing, marketing, subsidiaries, business relations and customers throughout the world. A few examples of the specific type of matters in which we have represented these clients, include the following:
We believe in taking a business approach to the representation of our clients, whether defending or prosecuting a lawsuit. We quickly evaluate the issues with our clients, and then recommend creative strategic solutions. We are proud of our record in effectively handling our clients’ business problems. We are known not for turning over every proverbial stone, but for finding and turning over the right ones. Understanding that our clients are running a business, we know business considerations sometimes require quick, quiet resolutions. In other cases litigation is the only recourse. We pride ourselves on being counselors of law, and we are there to help you make the right business decisions before and after a dispute arises.
While members of our Business Litigation Group regularly negotiate, mediate and arbitrate disputes, our members are known for their trials in federal and state courts, mainly in Missouri and Illinois, but also on a regional basis. First and foremost we are trial lawyers, not just “litigators.” Our Group regularly holds in-house seminars to hone, refine and improve our advocacy skills, and to stay current with the ever-changing substantive law and court rules. Just as a business must grow and change to remain competitive, our lawyers are committed to continuing education and skill enhancement to ensure our clients receive the absolute best in legal representation.
Our regular trial practice in federal and state courts and our commitment to excellence has inspired us to build our own courtroom in the firm’s St. Louis office. Our courtroom was modeled after the local United States District Court, and contains all the same state-of-the-art media and technology. Our aim and commitment is to provide our attorneys, clients and witnesses with the courtroom experience and effective preparation necessary for serious trial work.