Product Liability

In today’s highly litigious environment, all manufacturers and product distributors face the risk of product liability lawsuits.  When a company’s product and reputation are on the line, companies need experienced and knowledgeable counsel to assist them through the minefield of product liability litigation.  At Shumaker, our product liability group of professionals has the expertise and experience to investigate, manage, defend, resolve and litigate product liability claims.

We represent a wide variety of clients, from Fortune 500 companies and industry leaders to smaller regional companies.  We provide counsel and litigation services to manufacturers, distributors, and retailers at the local, state, and national level.

Our lawyers have extensive experience in defending product liability cases including those involving pharmaceuticals, tires, custom machinery, furnaces, aircraft, glass containers, windows, roofs, and food products.  We also have experience in advising and representing manufacturers in connection with their obligations under the Consumer Product Safety Act and its regulations, as well as reports, investigations and recalls conducted under the auspices of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Our product liability lawyers serve as Regional Trial Counsel to a pharmaceutical company and an international tire manufacturer.  We also serve as National Discovery Counsel for a pharmaceutical company in certain vaccine product liability cases.

At Shumaker, we believe that product liability defense does not begin with the filing of a lawsuit.  Instead, we have found that proactive efforts at preventing product liability litigation can often be the best defense.  Thus, our product liability lawyers not only vigorously defend existing product liability suits, we also counsel our clients on ways to reduce the risk and burden of future product liability litigation.

News Releases


04.20-21.2017Co-Author: “E-Discovery Nuts and Bolts and Trends for Sureties and Their Counsel,” 28th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Nashville, TN
04.11.2017Client Alert: Changes Brewing? How North Carolina's ABC Omnibus Legislation (House Bill 500) Would Affect Your Business

Events and Presentations

05.16.2018“A Primer on Products Liability for Florida Manufacturers,” presented at the Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers Association Dinner Meeting, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
09.14.2017Presenter, "Ethical Issues in Suretyship: Staying Out of Jeopardy," Northeast Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey
04.20-21/2017Co-Presenter: “E-Discovery Nuts and Bolts and Trends for Sureties and Their Counsel,” 28th Annual Southern Surety & Fidelity Claims Conference, Nashville, TN