THE HARMONIE GROUP PRODUCT LIABILITY ATTORNEYS FOR THE FOOD INDUSTRY IN SELECT STATES THIS CONSTANTLY CHANGING AND HIGHLY TECHNICAL AREA OF THE LAW POSES SUBSTANTIAL RISK TO PROFESSIONALS IN BOTH THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS. THESE HIGH STAKES CASES REQUIRE QUALIFIED REPRESENTATION. Tim Violet, Executive Director 651-222-3000 www.harmonie.org AVAILABLE IN BOTH PRINTED AND ELECTRONIC FORMAT PLEASE CONTACT US SHOULD YOU NEED ADDITIONAL COPIES JANUARY 2005 ALABAMA William C. Wood firstname.lastname@example.org 205-259-1031 Norman, Wood, Kendrick & Turner Financial Center, Suite 1600 505 20th Street North Birmingham, Alabama 35203 Norman, Wood, Kendrick & Turner attorneys have been involved in multiple facets of matters involving the food industry extending beyond personal injury and product liability claims. Mr. Wood's family has owned and operated the largest independent institutional food service distributor in the southeast for four generations providing the firm with many valuable contacts in the food industry. CALIFORNIA Thomas M. Downey email@example.com 510-835-6716 Charles Alfonzo firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 835-6823 Lisa Cappelluti email@example.com 510-835-6820 Richard Finn firstname.lastname@example.org (510) 835-6821 John Verber email@example.com (510) 835- 6817 Burnham Brown 1901 Harrison Street Suite 1100 Oakland, California 94612 Burnham Brown has extensive experience defending a variety of clients, ranging from major fast food chains, hotels and destination resorts to local retail grocers, confronted with claims involving both food borne pathogens and foreign objects. Lawsuits have involved E. Coli O157:H7, Amoebiasis (Entamoeba histolytica) and salmonella pathogens. We are also familiar with and capable of handling cases involving staphylococcus aurous and campylobacter commonly associated with poultry. More serious claimed injuries we have/are defending against include dysentery, premature labor and death of fetus. Attorneys specializing in these cases include a partner with a Masters Degree in Public Health. Our lawyers are familiar the medical tests and pathology necessary to prove exposure, incubation periods of various bacteria and other key issues. We have also assembled an excellent group of experts in relevant disciplines, including microbiology. CALIFORNIA (Continued) Fred Trester FWT@mmker.com (213) 624-6900 Jeff Lenkov firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 624-6900 Manning & Marder, Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez 660 S. Figueroa St., 23rd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90017 Fax: 213-624-6999 Mr. Trester and Mr. Lenkov have handled a variety of food and food related product liability cases over several years for a number of restaurants, restaurant chains, grocery stores, and their respective insurers. Floyd J. Siegal email@example.com 818-784-6899 Spile & Siegal, LLP 16501 Ventura Boulevard Suite 610 Encino, CA 91436 Fax: 818-784-0176 Mr. Siegal and members of his firm have defended a number of product liability cases on a wide variety of products. Recently Mr. Siegal defended an insured of Lombard of Canada on a food related case involving allegedly tainted oysters. The client was absolved. COLORADO John E. Clough firstname.lastname@example.org (303) 607-0077 Cooper & clough, PC 1512 LARIMER ST. STE 600 DENVER, CO. 80202 FAX. (303) 607-0472 FLORIDA John A. Campbell JAC@bunnellwoulfe.com (954)761-8600 Bunnell, Woulfe, Kirschbaum, Keller, McIntyre & Gregoire, P.A. One Financial Plaza, 9th Floor 100 SE 3rd Ave, Suite 900 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394 Fax: (954) 525-2134 Mr. Campbell has experience in handling food related cases. Reinald Werrenrath III email@example.com 407-843-2111 Jeffrey Kirsheman firstname.lastname@example.org 407-843-2111 Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap 20 North Orange Ave. Suite 1500, P. O. Box 712 Orlando, FL 32802 Fax: 407/422-1080 Fisher-Rushmer has represented various parties in several food product cases including Tropicana, Suramn Trading Co Inc (supplier to Walt Disney World), Martin Brower (beef supplier to McDonald's), and Marketfare (supplier to Sav-a-Lot food stores). The cases have involved e-coli, salmonella, and ETEC claims and all have been successfully settled before trial on favorable terms. GEORGIA G. Randall Moody email@example.com 404-885-6223 Steve Miller firstname.lastname@example.org 404-885-6316 Drew Eckl & Farnham P.O. Box 7600 Atlanta, Georgia 30357 Fax: 404-876-0992 Drew Eckl & Farnham have handled many cases on what Georgia law broadly refers to as adulterated food. The cases have involved claims at each level of production from farmer/grower/producer to wholesaler to packer to retailer to sellers such as restaurants. Cases have involved claims of food poisoning/unwholesomeness as well as food contamination and foreign objects. Most of the claims have been resolved by motion or favorable settlement after discovery efforts to show no causation (food poisoning) or liability (foreign objects or contaminants in food). Some of our best efforts have been to forestall multiple suits in alleged epidemic situations through use of prompt investigation and medical evidence gathering to use in discussions with governmental health authorities. Recently, we were faced with allegations of a food poisoning outbreak at a convention. We retained medical experts, took statements, and then met with county food safety officials to obtain a tacit admission that epidemiology and evidence did not exclude all other possible causes of illness so that the illness could not be localized to food served by our client. The statute of limitations has nearly run on what is estimated to have been as many as 250 possible claims of various severities. Representative clients include: Rare Hospitality Management, Inc.; Crestline Hotels and Resorts, Circle K Stores, Inc.; Super Discount Markets, Inc.; Greenwood Packing, franchisees of Burger King, KFC, and Blimpie along with insurers of cereal and other food and beverage manufacturers. Jury verdict wins include KAREN FRANK vs. SUPER DISCOUNT MARKETS, INC., d/b/a CUB FOODS; and GREENWOOD PACKING PLANT, Civil Action File No. 95-VS-99654-G, State Court of Fulton County, Georgia. Plaintiffs alleged a variety of injuries and illnesses from ingesting meat from a ham from a hog raised, slaughtered, packed, and sold by the defendants. Plaintiffs claimed millions of dollars from the jury and jury awarded less than $1,000 total for all three plaintiffs. HAWAII Paul Yamamura email@example.com 808-523-6969 Yamamura & Shimazu Central Pacific Plaza Suite 1770 220 S. King Street Honolulu, HI 96813 Fax: 808-599-5580 Mr. Yamamura and his firm have defended a wide variety of product claims. These claims have included food cases for local restaurants, McDonald’s Corporation, and local supermarkets and food vendors. IDAHO Don Farley DJF@hallfarley.com (208) 395-8500 Richard E. Hall REH@hallfarley.com (208) 395-8500 Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton, P.A.702 West Idaho, Suite 700 Key Financial Center P.O. Box 1271 Boise, ID 83702 Hall Farley Oberrecht & Blanton has considerable experience representing insureds, self insureds and insurer’s in the food and beverage industries. Cases in which the firm has served as defense counsel have ranged from e-coli claims, foreign objects in vegetables and fish as well as beverages, exploding containers, to mislabeled or misbranded foods. Representative clients include McDonalds, Taco Bell, Coca Cola, Charthouse Restaurants, Frito-Lay and others. In addition to those listed above and in the Harmonie Directory: contact Kevin J. Scanlan or J. Kevin West. ILLINOIS Robert Varney Rvarney@varneylaw.com 309/827-4444 Sanchez & Daniels /Robert T. Varney & Associates 121 North Main, 4th Floor Bloomington, IL 61701 Fax: 309/828-3536 Mr. Varney has litigated many product liability cases in the food industry. He has represented a variety of clients including the representation of Borden in an alleged contamination of Mrs. Grass noodles. INDIANA Lloyd H. Milliken Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org (317) 237-3822 Kevin Schiferl email@example.com (317) 237-3822 LOCKE REYNOLDS LLP Counsellors at Law 201 N. Illinois Street, Suite 1000 P.O. Box 44961 Indianapolis, Indiana 46244-0961 (317) 237-3900-fax www.locke.com Over the years, the law firm of Locke Reynolds has handled many product liability cases for the food industry including defense of McDonalds, Hardee’s, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kroger and Taco Bell. In addition to his extensive defense experience, Mr. Kevin Schiferl has been invited to be a presenter and speaker at the annual meeting of the National Food Processor's Association. IOWA David H. Luginbill dluginbill@Ahlerslaw.com 515-246-0325 (515)243-7611 Steven L. Serck firstname.lastname@example.org (515) 246-0333 Ahlers & Cooney P.C. 100 Court Avenue, Suite 600 Des Moines, Iowa 50309-2231 Web Site: www.Ahlerslaw.com Fax: (515)243-2149 Ahlers & Cooney PC has extensive experience defending food industry producers and distributors as well as restaurants in food product liability cases. Client representation has included Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc, Kraft, Nabisco, and Schwan’s. KENTUCKY John L. Tate email@example.com (502) 587-3400 Stites & Harbison, PLLC 1800 Aegon Center 400 West Market Street Louisville KY 40202-3352 (502) 587-6391 Fax Stites & Harbison defends a broad spectrum of litigation involving alleged contamination of food and drink. Our clients range from national manufacturers--such as Tyson, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, Frito-Lay, Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers, Inc., Coca-Cola, Brown-Forman, and National Distillers--to colorful local stores like D & G Buster Burger. We can help coordinate federal and state investigations of tampering or contamination, and we can provide food industry experts in biology, chemistry, and toxicology. LOUISIANA Lee H Ayres firstname.lastname@example.org Scott L. Zimmer email@example.com Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, APLC 333 Texas Street, Suite 1700 P.O. Box 22260 Shreveport, LA 71120-2260 Telephone: (318) 221-6277 Fax: (318) 227-7850 Lee H. Ayres has been practicing law for over sixteen years. He has extensive experience in defending food-related product liability claims. The allegations in these claims have included ingestion of deleterious substances; contamination of products with foreign materials; contamination of products with unfiltered natural materials; product loss or contamination during distribution; and warehouse defects leading to contamination. Mr. Ayres has also defended claims on behalf of merchants, retailers and manufacturers. His clients have included Southeast Foods, Inc., which owns or is affiliated with a chain of retail grocery stores in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas; various McDonald restaurant franchises; various Burger King restaurant franchises; and owners and operators of restaurants and convenience stores. Scott L. Zimmer has had over six years of experience, wherein he has defended a restaurant food poisoning case, and three food poisoning cases involving Southeast Foods, Inc. He has also represented a subsidiary of Tyson, PBX, in an East Texas 18- wheeler accident. MAINE James M. Campbell firstname.lastname@example.org (617) 241-3060 Brian P. Voke email@example.com (617) 241-3042 Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy One Constitution Center Third Floor Boston, MA 02129 Tel: (617) 241-3000 Fax: (617) 241-5115 www.campbell-trial-lawyers.com The defense of food related claims is a significant part of the practice of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy. The firm represents food manufacturers, processors, suppliers, and distributors, as well as corporations engaged in the hospitality industry, in cases brought under theories that include product liability and breach of warranty. The firm is currently defending a food processor from claims that hamburgers sold to a summer camp by the food processor caused five campers to contract E. coli infections. Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy has successfully defended a number of other actions involving allegations of food-borne disease, including yersinia and salmonellosis, adulterated food, and hot beverages, as well as associated environmental concerns. Representative clients include: Capital Grille, Marriott International, Inc., and Tyson Foods, Inc. Rob Lanney firstname.lastname@example.org (603) 223-2863 Ed Kaplan email@example.com (603) 223-2863 Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C. 9 Capitol Street P.O. Box 1256 Concord, NH 03302-1256 603-224-2557fax Sulloway and Hollis has represented the food industry in a variety of litigated claims involving allegations of food poisoning, foreign objects and contamination of food and drink. MARYLAND Brian Goodman firstname.lastname@example.org 443-524-1739 Fedder & Garten P.A. 36 South Charles Street Suite 2300 Charles Center South Baltimore, MD 21201-3177 Mr. Brian Goodman has defended numerous food product liability cases over the past twenty years. He has represented Tyson Foods, Carlson Restaurant Corporation (TGI Fridays), The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company, and others in a variety of tort actions in the State and Federal Courts in Maryland. Mr Goodman has litigated and taken to verdict over 35 jury trials, and has had numerous food related cases decided on Motion prior to trial. He is an AV rated lawyer and is a member of the IADC, the DRI and the Maryland Association of defense Counsel. Monte Fried email@example.com (410) 659-1312 Steve White firstname.lastname@example.org 410-659-1304 Wright, Constable & Skeen, L.L.P. One Charles Center, 16th Floor 100 N. Charles Street Baltimore, Maryland 21201-3812 (410) 659-1350 fax MASSACHUSETTS James M. Campbell email@example.com (617) 241-3060 Brian P. Voke firstname.lastname@example.org (617) 241-3042 Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy One Constitution Center Third Floor Boston, MA 02129 Tel: (617) 241-3000 Fax: (617) 241-5115 www.campbell-trial-lawyers.com The defense of food related claims is a significant part of the practice of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy. The firm represents food manufacturers, processors, suppliers, and distributors, as well as corporations engaged in the hospitality industry, in cases brought under theories that include product liability and breach of warranty. The firm is currently defending a food processor from claims that hamburgers sold to a summer camp by the food processor caused five campers to contract E. coli infections. Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy has successfully defended a number of other actions involving allegations of food-borne disease, including yersinia and salmonellosis, adulterated food, and hot beverages, as well as associated environmental concerns. Representative clients include: Capital Grille, Marriott International, Inc., and Tyson Foods, Inc. MICHIGAN Mark Shreve email@example.com 248-641-7600 1111 West Long Lake Road Suite 300 Troy, MI 48098 FAX: 248-641-0222 MINNESOTA Brad Jones firstname.lastname@example.org 612-338-0661 Michael Hutchens email@example.com 612-338-0661 Meagher and Geer, PLLP Attorneys at Law 33 South Sixth Street, Suite 4200 Minneapolis, MN 55402 612-338-0661 Fax: 612-338-8384 www.meagher.com Mr. Jones, Mr. Hutchens, and the attorneys at Meagher and Geer have extensive experience in Food Product Liability Litigation over the last 30-40 years. They have successfully handled E coli cases, ground beef processing cases, turkey hatchery cases and large commercial food packaging cases. Attorneys at Meagher and Geer regularly defend product liability claims involving both personal injuries and commercial loss. Representative clients include Schwans, Belmark, and Carneco, among others. MISSISSIPPI Lee Davis Thames firstname.lastname@example.org 601-985-4517 Mike McWilliams email@example.com 601-985-4562 Bobby Miller firstname.lastname@example.org 601-985-4575 Dan Jordan email@example.com 601-985-4576 Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC 210 E. Capitol Street, Suite 1700 P.O. Box 22567 Jackson, MS 39225-2567 601-948-5711 Butler Snow attorneys have extensive experience in product liability cases for the food industry and have defended numerous cases involving both food processing equipment and claims for injuries resulting from adulterated products. The firm has represented clients on a local, regional and national basis, some of which include the FMC Corporation, Di Food Service Companies, Groen, Inc., Campbell Soup Company, Star Kist Tuna and Sysco Food Services. NEBRASKA Jerald L. Rauterkus firstname.lastname@example.org 402-397-2200 Erickson & Sederstrom, P.C. 10330 Regency Parkway Drive Omaha NE 68114 Fax: 402-390-7137 Mr. Rauterkus has extensive experience in product liability litigation over the last 20 years. This has encompassed self insureds and well as insurance defense. Included in this products liability work has been the defense of restaurants as well as food producers. Examples of specific cases include defense of Denny’s Restaurant in suit in which a woman claimed to have been poised by tea, damaging her vocal cords and necessary in her teaching profession; defense of a local restaurant serving wild game against a claim that improperly cooked venison resulted in the death of a fetus. Clients include Skinner Foods, Denny’s, Joe Tess' Place, Travelers Insurance, Zurich, Cornhusker Casualty, Schwan’s, and Columbia Insurance Group. Most recent jury verdict in a food product case was a couple of years go in Sarpy District Court. Plaintiff claimed she was poisoned at a Denny's and sustained serious and permanent injury, lost wages and pain and suffering; special damages claimed amounted to just over $4,000. The jury returned a verdict in 2 hours for the amount of the special damages only. NEW HAMPSHIRE Rob Lanney email@example.com (603) 223-2863 Ed Kaplan firstname.lastname@example.org (603) 223-2863 Sulloway & Hollis, P.L.L.C. 9 Capitol Street P.O. Box 1256 Concord, NH 03302-1256 603-224-2557fax Sulloway and Hollis has represented the food industry in a variety of litigated claims involving allegations of food poisoning, foreign objects and contamination of food and drink. NEW JERSEY Colleen M. Ready, Esq. CReady@margolisedelstein.com 856-869-6713 Margolis Edelstein 216 Haddon Ave. Westmont, NJ 08108-2886 Fax: 856-858-1017 Colleen M. Ready, Esq., has represented the interests of manufacturers, retailers and other entities within the chain of distribution of various products, including prepared and unprepared food and beverages. Representative clients include several national and regional restaurant chains in addition to 7-Eleven, Cracker Barrel, Darden Restaurants and Hershey Foods, among others. NEW MEXICO Patrick M. Shay email@example.com (505) 768-7255 Jeffrey M. Croasdell firstname.lastname@example.org (505) 766-7563 Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A. P.O. Box 1888 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87103 Facsimile: (505) 768-7395 Website: www.rodey.com In addition to providing general representation to food industry manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, and restaurants throughout the state, the Rodey Law firm has been the preeminent New Mexico law firm for representing and defending self-insured and insured clients in a variety of cases involving allegations of foreign objects and food poisoning, including the now infamous country club "three bean salad" mass botulism case in southern New Mexico. Some of our representative clients include McDonalds, Schwan's, Denny's, Smith's, Albertson's, Steak & Ale, Del Taco, and Hormel. NEW YORK Glenn Jacobson email@example.com 212-422-1200 Abrams Gorelick Friedman & Jacobson, P.C. 115 Broadway, 11th Floor New York, New York 10006 Fax: 212-968-7573 Mr. Glenn Jacobson has defended or monitored litigation for a large supermarket chain and restaurant chains in food claims for more than 15 years, directly or through their insurance carriers. These claims have, for the most part, concerned foreign objects which allegedly resulted in dental and/or bodily injuries or emotional distress to the consumer. Clients have included Wausau Insurance Company and Taco Bell. NEW YORK (Continued) Harry Mooney firstname.lastname@example.org 716-849-8900 Dan Kohane email@example.com 716-849-8900 716-849-8900 Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. 1300 Liberty Building, Buffalo, NY 14202 Fax: 716-855-0874 Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. has many years of experience defending food product liability claims. The firm has represented food processors, retail markets, and restaurants in alleged food contamination cases including claims of illness/injury from food-borne disease and/or foreign objects. Representative clients include Kellogg Corporation, Tyson Foods, Inc., Ponderosa, Inc., Pizza Hut, and many McDonald's franchises as well as a large number of local Western New York food retailers and restaurants. NORTH CAROLINA William W. Pollock firstname.lastname@example.org (919) 863-8717 Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog, L.L.P. Post Office Box 27808 Raleigh, North Carolina 27611 Fax: (919) 828-2277 Website: www.cshlaw.com Cranfill, Sumner & Hartzog, L.L.P. has extensive experience representing a variety of food manufacturers, distributors, and retailers for claims of adulterated or defective food products on both the trial and appellate level. The vast majority of these claims are resolved on terms favorable to the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer, either through obtaining a dismissal, summary judgment, or settlement. The claims and suits we have defended include allegations of impurities and foreign objects in canned and packaged food, foreign objects in restaurant food and beverages, alleged product defects in suppliers to manufacturing plant that caused impurities in the finished product, and against suppliers of food products used by manufacturers and restaurants. Representative clients include Burger King, McDonald's Corporation and various McDonald's franchisees, Bojangles Restaurants, Wendy's, Charbochem Corporation, Miller Brewing Company, Shoney's, Golden Corral, Hardee's, and Boddie-Noell Enterprises. The firm has conducted trials for Miller Brewing over alleged fungus in beer and for Boddie-Noell Enterprises (a Hardee's franchisee) over allegations of foreign substances in food that have resulted in favorable defense outcomes. Additionally, one of our attorneys has a degree in Food Science from North Carolina State University, which she has used to help develop expertise in representing food manufacturers and retailers. OHIO Dave Ross email@example.com 216-430-2166 Roy Hulme firstname.lastname@example.org 216-430-2135 REMINGER & REMINGER CO., L.P.A. 1400 Midland Building 101 Prospect Avenue, West Cleveland, Ohio 44115-1093 216-687-1311 Fax: 216-687-1841 Reminger & Reminger Co., L.P.A., with seven (7) offices throughout the State of Ohio, has represented the food and beverage industries for many years, both at the retail and wholesale levels. Representative restaurants include McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Rare Hospitality, Pizza Hut, Subway and Frisch's. Wholesalers and distributors include Sysco, Kenosha Beef, Tamimura & Antle, Nestle's, Food Brands America, The Schwan’s Food Company and Northern Ohio Pizza Company. PENNSYLVANIA Richard Fine email@example.com 570-343-1197 Fine, Wyatt & Carey, P.C. 425 Spruce Street 4th Floor, P.O. Box 590 Scranton, PA 18501-0590 Fax: 570-343-9538 Fine, Wyatt & Carey has defended local restaurants and retail food outlets, as well as national franchises including MacDonald’s and Long John Silver’s, against claims for personal injury and food poisoning arising out of alleged ingestion of contaminated food and/or foreign objects in prepared food items, in the state and federal court system in central and northeastern Pennsylvania for over 35 years; more recently, we have also successfully utilized various alternate dispute resolution forums to resolve such litigation. We represent YUM! brands and several insurance carriers that write coverage for restaurants. PENNSYLVANIA (Continued) Catherine S. Straggas firstname.lastname@example.org 215-931-5835 Margolis Edelstein The Curtis Center th 4 Floor 6th & Walnut Streets Philadelphia, PA 19106 Fax: 215-922-1772 Ms. Straggas has defended national food manufacturers in state and Federal courts throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. These products liability claims have alleged improper handling and preparation of raw chicken, beef, pasta and vegetables at plants and restaurants, ineffective packaging causing infestation in candy and cookies and improper instructions for home preparation. In addition, Ms. Straggas has represented national soft drink manufacturers in claims alleging the infiltration of foreign substances during the bottling process; she is familiar with FDA and mass plant production procedures, as well as home cooking and handling requirements. The most common claim in this region involves damages for E-coli, salmonellosis and campylobacterosis. These incidents are typically isolated, raising the question of whether it was the alleged food product or something else which caused the illness. Clients include Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Hershey Foods (Pasta and Chocolate/Cookie), Nabisco, and Coca-Cola. The vast majority of these matters have been filed at the Arbitration level ($50,000 or less) with significant success rate for all clients and, notably, a defense verdict for Hershey Pasta, in a case of alleged salmonella in raw lasagna prepared for family party. RHODE ISLAND James M. Campbell email@example.com (617) 241-3060 Brian P. Voke firstname.lastname@example.org (617) 241-3042 Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy One Constitution Center Third Floor Boston, MA 02129 Tel: (617) 241-3000 Fax: (617) 241-5115 www.campbell-trial-lawyers.com The defense of food related claims is a significant part of the practice of Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy. The firm represents food manufacturers, processors, suppliers, and distributors, as well as corporations engaged in the hospitality industry, in cases brought under theories that include product liability and breach of warranty. The firm is currently defending a food processor from claims that hamburgers sold to a summer camp by the food processor caused five campers to contract E. coli infections. Campbell Campbell Edwards & Conroy has successfully defended a number of other actions involving allegations of food-borne disease, including yersinia and salmonellosis, adulterated food, and hot beverages, as well as associated environmental concerns. Representative clients include: Capital Grille, Marriott International, Inc., and Tyson Foods, Inc. SOUTH CAROLINA Steven J. Pugh email@example.com 803-771-4400 Richardson, Plowden, Carpenter & Robinson, P.A. 1600 Marion Street Columbia, SC 29201 Post Office Drawer 7788 Columbia, SC 29202 803-771-4400 Fax: 803-779-0016 Mr. Pugh has represented various restaurant groups and food product distributors for approximately 15 years. This representation has included everything from minor dental injury claims to the defense of a 1,300 member class action based upon alleged salmonella adulteration. Clients include YUM! Brands, Pizza Hut of America, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Long John Silvers, Bojangles Restaurants, Pepsi Bottling Group, and Hershey Foods. SOUTH DAKOTA Cris Palmer firstname.lastname@example.org 605-342-1078 Gunderson, Palmer, Goodsell & Nelson, LLP 440 Mount Rushmore Road 3rd and 4th Floors, PO Box 8045 Rapid City, SD 57709-8045 605-342-9503 fax Mr. Palmer has represented several national food suppliers and producers in food and food related product cases. The firm has represented various restaurants and restaurant chains through various insurance carriers. TEXAS G. Byron Sims email@example.com Jeromy D. Hughes firstname.lastname@example.org John G.H. Davis email@example.com (713) 629-1580 Brown Sims, P. C. 1177 West Loop South, Tenth Floor, Houston, Texas 77027 Fax: (713) 629-5027 The firm and attorneys of Brown Sims, P.C. have extensive experience representing and defending a variety of product manufacturers in products liability litigation, including dietary supplement manufacturers, golf cart manufacturers, tire manufacturers, trailer manufacturers, and those involved in the food industry, such as manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors. The firm has an extensive list of experts to call upon in most any product liability case involving the food industry. Representative clients in litigation across Texas include Twin Laboratories Inc., EZ-Go, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Big Tex Trailers, Inc., Travis Body & Trailer, Anheuser Busch Companies and Sanderson Farms, Inc. TEXAS (Continued) David L. Sargent firstname.lastname@example.org 214-749-6516 Dwayne J. Hermes email@example.com 214-749-6000 Hermes Sargent Bates, LLP Bank of America Plaza 901 Main Street Suite 5200 Dallas, TX 75202 (214) 749-6000 Fax: (214) 658-6322 WWW.HSBLAW.COM The firm and attorneys of Hermes Sargent Bates, L.L.P. have extensive experience representing and defending food industry manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors. They have not only successfully defended manufacturers of food products, but defeated attempts to seek indemnification for expenses, including attorney fees, and damages. The firm has an extensive list of experts to call upon in most any product liability case involving the food industry. In addition, they have litigated cases across Texas for major, well known food companies including Tyson Foods, Inc., Performance Food Groups, Inc., Exel, Inc., Frozen Food Express, Inc., Ruiz Food Products, Inc., Jack In the Box, Burger King, among others. VIRGINIA Michael E. Harman 804-762-8015 firstname.lastname@example.org David P. Corrigan 804-762-8017 email@example.com Stanley P. Wellman 804-762-8015 firstname.lastname@example.org Harman, Claytor, Corrigan & Wellman P. O. Box 70280 Richmond, VA 23255 804-747-6085 (fax) Harman, Claytor attorneys regularly represent members of the food industry at all levels, including producers, wholesalers, suppliers, distributors and retailers, as well as their carriers, in a variety of food borne illness and related claims. Representative clients include Tyson Foods, Inc., Performance Food Group, Inc., and Hannaford Bros. Co., as well as numerous national carriers that insure restaurant chains and other members of the food industry. Harman, Claytor has successfully resolved hundreds of food borne illness claims of all types and significance through jury verdict, dispositive motions, arbitration and mediation. Please contact, Mike Harman, David Corrigan or Stan Wellman for more specific information pertaining to this area of the firm’s practice. WASHINGTON Steve Goldstein email@example.com (206) 292-9988 Ken McEwan firstname.lastname@example.org (206) 292-9988 Betts, Patterson & Mines, P.S. One Convention Place 701 Pike Street, Suite 1400 Seattle WA 98101-3927 206 343-7053 Fax Betts, Patterson & Mines has defended a variety of cases for self insured and insured clients involving foreign objects in food, contaminated food, also several significant e-coli exposure cases. Through Crum & Forster, we have represented a number of restaurants for foreign object in food and contaminated food and wine claims. We currently represent J.R. Simplot, a major supplier of food products, including ground beef and French fries to restaurants. Mr. Goldstein has tried an alleged e-coli exposure case and obtained a defense verdict. The plaintiff, a doctor, claimed exposure through an AM/PM hamburger. Mr. Goldstein represented both the meat supplier and AM/PM pursuant to an indemnity agreement. The jury found that plaintiff's exposure was not from the claimed hamburger. WISCONSIN James T. Murray email@example.com (414) 278-8800 Ronald G. Pezze, Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org (414) 278-8800 Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C. 733 N. Van Buren Street, 6th Floor Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 278-8800 Fax: (414) 278-0920 Mr. Murray has handled over 200 jury trials to verdict. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, and past president of Wisconsin's defense organization, the Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin. He has tried various food related product liability cases, including foreign substance cases, salmonella and other alleged food-borne illness cases on behalf of companies such as Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods and various local purveyors and retailers, typically through their respective liability insurers. Mr. Pezze has previously represented a national food supply company relative to an E. Coli outbreak which occurred in the Fall of 2000 at the Bethesda Elementary School located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He currently represents the owner of two restaurants implicated in an E. Coli outbreak which occurred in July 2000 which involved approximately 160 claimants, a number of which were seriously injured and which included one death. He has also assisted Secura Insurance Company in the handling of a recent salmonella case which occurred in Central Wisconsin. Representative clients include Sodexho Marriott Services, Inc. and Secura Insurance, among others. WYOMING Thomas A. Nicholas email@example.com 307-632-0541 Richard G. Schneebeck firstname.lastname@example.org 307-632-0541 Hirst & Applegate, P.C. 1720 Carey Avenue, Suite 200; P. O. Box 1083, Cheyenne, WY 82003-1083 Fax: 307-632-4999 Hirst & Applegate attorneys have handled a number of cases involving allegedly contaminated restaurant food and cases involving claimed contaminated food purchased at grocery stores. For additional information contact: Tim Violet, Esq. Executive Director THE HARMONIE GROUP 634 Woodbury Street St. Paul, MN 55107 Phone: 651-222-3000, Fax: 651-222-3508 Email: email@example.com The Harmonie Group provides NATIONAL ACCESS TO EXCELLENCE. The defense firms in our network handle complex and difficult high stakes litigation for corporations, third party administrators and insurance companies. The process of looking for counsel can be time consuming, uncertain, and difficult. 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