ALRA Group Members
Robert D. Brownson is a Partner in the firm of Brownson Norby, PLLC in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From 1979 to the present, he has represented Defendants in the personal injury and property damage litigation. From 1979 to 1984, he was Minnesota and regional trial counsel for Flintkote Company, a manufacturer of asbestos products. From 1987 to 1997, he was National Coordinating Counsel for Asbestospray Corporation, Asbestos Products Manufacturing Corporation, and Spraycraft Corporation, major manufacturers and sellers of sprayed asbestos fireproofing. From 1991 to 2000, he was National Coordinating Counsel to Durabla, a supplier of asbestos-containing industrial gasket material. From 1986 to present, he has been Corporate National Counsel in the asbestos litigation for a manufacturer of ceiling tile. He has also been involved in national asbestos-related class action cases, consolidated trials, and individual trials, and related insurance litigation throughout the country. In 2006, he was appointed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court as Trustee of the API Inc. Asbestos Settlement Trust, a trust created pursuant to §524(g) of the Bankruptcy Code to administer the asbestos claims following the bankruptcy reorganization of API, Inc., a regional industrial insulation contractor. In these capacities, he has handled and reviewed several hundred thousand asbestos cases in virtually every state of the United States.
Clayton F. Farrell is a Partner in the firm of Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff, PC in Southfield, Michigan. Mr. Farrell’s introduction to the toxic and environmental field was approximately thirty years ago in the early days of asbestos bodily injury litigation. The Celotex Corporation and Carey Canada, Inc. were the original asbestos clients and were represented in both in bodily injury and property damage cases. In 1987-1988, he was Michigan liaison counsel for the Asbestos Claims Facility and subsequently became liaison counsel for the Center for Claims Resolution. Currently, his firm represents in excess of fifty companies in asbestos bodily injury cases across the State of Michigan. In addition, Mr. Farrell serves as National Coordinating Counsel for several companies, managing their asbestos litigation across the country and has extensive asbestos trial experience in Michigan and several other states.
David M. Governo is a Partner in the firm of Governo Law Firm, LLC in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 1981, he has served as national coordinating counsel, regional counsel, and local trial counsel for companies sued in personal injury and property damage asbestos litigation. Mr. Governo has successfully defended clients in asbestos trials in both state and federal courts. He has represented hundreds of companies whose businesses made, used, or happened to have some connection to asbestos or products that contained some asbestos. His clients are: manufacturers, distributors, installers, and users of asbestos-containing products, as well as premises owners and ancillary contractors who encountered asbestos in some manner. Their products are diverse and were used throughout the building construction, industrial, and automotive segments of the United States economy. For example, the construction-related asbestos products Mr. Governo has defended include floor tile, ceiling tile, fireproofing, joint compound, electrical equipment, wallboard, doors, HVAC equipment, and boilers. Thus, he has had direct experience with respect to the use and potential liability of virtually every type of asbestos-containing product used in the United States. The extraordinary scope of asbestos liability can be seen in Mr. Governo’s most recent article on asbestos, “Asbestos Liability in the Cleaning and Restoration Industry,” which was published in the trade journal Cleaning and Restoration in March of 2007.
F. Grey Redditt, Jr. is a Partner in the firm of Maynard Cooper & Gale in Mobile, Alabama. Although he has a varied practice, involving areas from international trade to diocesan law, Mr. Redditt has extensive experience in environmental, toxic tort, and especially asbestos litigation. Since the late 1970’s he has represented numerous asbestos defendants and tried dozens of cases throughout the country. His proficiency is well recognized as he has headed national litigation teams, has developed litigation strategies, and has managed asbestos cases in the Gulf-South region.
James N. Sinunu is a Partner in the firm of Sinunu Bruni LLP in San Francisco, California. He began in the asbestos litigation defending insulation manufacturer Owens Corning Fibreglas in the mid 1980's, trying a number of cases for them in California courts, and resolving thousands more in California and other western states. Since 1995, he has represented dozens of other defendants in the litigation, including asbestos mines and mills, insulation contractors, construction contractors, public entities, and more recently manufacturers of a variety of products containing asbestos. The products range from hair dryers and ironing board covers to ˝ ton pumps and valves for shipboard use. His firm currently represents more than forty different defendants in the litigation in all parts of California. He is a regular speaker and organizer of asbestos lectures, and is the author of "Mesothelioma v. Lung Cancer: The Diagnosis and its Effect on Juror Perceptions", published in Harris Martin's Columns (June 2004).
Steven Wright is a Partner in the firm of Wright & Associates, PA in Portland, Maine. For more than 25 years, Steven Wright has served as national coordinating, regional, settlement and trial counsel for a number of defendants involved in asbestos-related litigation, both personal injury and property damage. He has appeared, and tried cases, in 18 states, in both federal and state courts. Mr. Wright has personally negotiated settlements of tens of thousands of cases regionally and nationally, thus relieving clients from litigation costs. Initially specializing in shipyard based litigation, Mr. Wright now represents building products and equipment manufacturers, building owners and some peripheral manufacturers who merely utilized asbestos components in some of their products, or used asbestos products made by others in fulfilling contracts. Mr. Wright has represented clients in the various massive consolidations, including Georgine, Abate and Abate II-Baltimore city consolidations. He has been asked to speak often on litigation topics at meetings and seminars, conducting training programs and lectures throughout the country and has often been called upon to develop innovative strategies for sensibly resolving complex problems in a variety of settings.
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