Nelson Mullins Expands National Litigation Practice Including New Offices in Minneapolis, San Diego, Richmond and Dallas

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (February 1, 2022) – Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP previously announced the addition to its national litigation practice of a group of lateral partners from Bowman and Brooke LLP and the opening of new offices in Minneapolis, San Diego and Richmond. Today, the firm completed the addition of nine partners in Dallas. In total across these four new offices and other existing offices, Nelson Mullins added 31 partners, 19 other attorneys, and 32 paralegals and support staff.

With the addition of these new attorneys to Nelson Mullins, the firm’s overall product liability practice will include more than 150 lawyers and the firm’s Auto Industry Group will include more than 80 lawyers whose practice is dedicated to the representation of manufacturers of automobiles, motorcycles, heavy trucks, power sport products, marine products and watercraft, and other equipment.

“As we said last week in our initial announcement, we are very pleased to add this group of experienced litigation partners to the firm,” said Managing Partner Jim Lehman. “These partners add further expertise to our national product liability practice in strategically important markets.”

Dallas partner Kurt Kern added, “The Nelson Mullins platform, including its expansive automotive, medical device, pharmaceutical and other practice areas, adds significant depth and breadth to allow us to further meet the critical needs of our clients.”

According to Dallas managing partner Cary Slobin, “Attracting and retaining diverse talent is critical for us and our clients. Nelson Mullins will enhance our ability to deliver on that goal while continuing to deliver success in the courtroom and elsewhere.”

The Nelson Mullins product liability practice currently serves as national, regional, and local counsel for numerous companies in various industries across the United States. The firm’s diverse and deep trial bench is experienced in all phases of complex litigation, including individual cases, multiparty and multijurisdictional cases, class actions, MDL proceedings, and state-coordinated proceedings. Benchmark Litigation named the firm Law Firm of the Year for Product Liability in 2020 and 2021. Legal 500 recognized the firm in 2021 for Dispute Resolution: Product Liability, Mass Tort, and Class Action Defense: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices. In 2021, Chambers USA recognized the firm nationally for Transportation: Road (Automotive) as well as naming the firm nationally to Product Liability: The Elite.

Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins is an Am Law 100 firm comprised of lawyers and government relations professionals. After these additions, Nelson Mullins will have more than 930 attorneys across 30 offices in 14 states and Washington, DC.

The partners joining Nelson Mullins in Minneapolis, San Diego and Richmond were included in the previous announcement. The Dallas partners are listed below.

Yesenia Cárenas defends the state-of-the-art technology of product manufacturers and engineers. For over a decade, she has dedicated her practice to the representation of U.S. and international vehicle OEM manufacturers in civil cases and mass tort multi-district litigation.

Fred Huntsman has advised on matters throughout the United States and has tried cases to verdict in state and federal courts before judges and juries. Huntsman has been on trial teams for multiple catastrophic exposure matters and has successfully tried numerous cases in many plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in Texas.

Kurt Kern focuses his practice on defending corporations, manufacturers and distributors of automotive, trucking, agriculture and other components in high-stakes product liability matters, many that frequently deal with catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths. Kurt has tried several high-profile cases for some of the nation’s largest automotive manufacturers involving crashworthiness, seatbelt and airbag claims, handling and stability issues, rollover and other auto-related issues.

Amanda McKinzie has a diverse practice concerning matters of product liability, mass tort and commercial litigation for clients within the motor vehicle, consumer products and drug and medical device industries.

Tanya Scarbrough concentrates her practice on product liability, toxic tort and commercial litigation representing the nation’s largest product manufacturers within the automotive, consumer and industrial product fields. Scarbrough has handled administrative proceedings, bench trials and appellate matters on behalf of her clients.

Cary Slobin focuses his practice on complex litigation and product liability defense, including class and mass actions. He has served as lead counsel roles in jury verdicts, dismissals on the pleadings, certification denials, and summary judgment wins.

David Stone concentrates his practice on product liability claims, primarily for the automotive and pharmaceutical industries. He has served as first-chair trial counsel for major manufacturers in many southern states and California.

Suzanne Swaner is an automotive product liability litigator and trial lawyer for domestic and international clients. She has tried to verdict catastrophic injury and death cases in some of the most challenging jurisdictions in Texas.

Karl Viehman concentrates his practice on defending corporations in product liability, commercial, toxic torts, personal injury, warranty, breach of contract, general negligence, securities, and employment cases throughout the country.

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For more information:  Beth Huffman beth.huffman@nelsonmullins.com or 803-255-9788

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