Hawkins Parnell & Young has defended complex product liability litigation for more than five decades, serving as local, regional, and national counsel throughout the United States for trials and appeals. The team has broad experience in fact development and exposure analysis for manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and end-users in nearly every product category, including pharmaceutical, medical, industrial, chemical, consumer, and commercial products. We focus on the representation of manufacturers in cases alleging errors in design, manufacture, assembly, and the testing and selling of products.

E-Cigarette and Vaping Devices

The rapid expansion and popularity of vaping products for tobacco and cannabis markets have resulted in an explosion of litigation across the United States. Hawkins Parnell’s nationally recognized product liability team has been at the forefront of this growing business sector. We represent and advise manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS or e-cigarettes) and vaping devices, lithium batteries, and other associated components. Hawkins Parnell attorneys work with clients to navigate the complex legal issues involving the ever-changing patchwork of state and federal regulations, novel theories of liability, and product and scientific developments. We are distinguished at developing state of the art defenses and thought leaders on topics ranging from exploding lithium batteries, fire damage, additives such as vitamin E acetate, and e-cig or vaping related lung injuries (EVALI).

Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices

We have defended pharmaceutical, biological, and medical device manufacturing firms in more than thirty states and abroad. Our product expertise includes heart valves, filters, orthopedic implants, latex gloves, electrosurgical generators, diet drugs, antiarthritic drugs, and antidepressant drugs.