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Publications

  • "Illinois Supreme Court Rejects Employee's Direct Action Against Employer for Claimed Asbestos Related Illness," Johnson & Bell Product Liability Law Alert, Winter 2015
  • The DRI Product Liability Compendium: “Warnings, Instructions, and Recalls,” Defense Research Institute, 2012; (Illinois chapter author)
  • The Challenges of Legacy Equipment,” Defense Research Institute Product Liability Conference, Product Liability in the 21st Century: The Future is Now,” April 11 – 13, 2012
  • "Seventh Circuit Bars Plaintiffs Last Minute Change in Theory of Products Case," Johnson & Bell Product Liability Law Alert, Summer 2011
  • "Legacy Equipment - What is the Machine Manufacturer's Duty Once the Machine Leaves the Plant?" Johnson & Bell Product Liability Law Alert, Spring 2011
  • “Beyond the Horizon...A new Dawn for Global Product Liability Claims” ALFA International
  • Product Liability Practice Group Seminar (Program Chair), Nov. 12-14, 2008
  • “Product Liability Prevention Guide,” Co-author of practice guide published by the Packaging Machine Manufacturers Institute, July 2008
  • He is also co-author of the two-volume practice guide, Illinois Pretrial Practice, James Publishing, Inc., 2002
  • “Landowner’s Duty to a Trespasser Found in a Place of Danger,” IDC Quarterly, 1995
  • “Product Liability - RIP or Is There Still Life Left in Old Suvada - What the Defense Lawyer Can Expect,” IDC Fall Conference, 1995 (with William V. Johnson)
  • “Plaintiff’s Assumption of Risk in a Product Liability Case Acts as Contributory Fault,” IDC Quarterly, 1993
  • “Historical Precedent vs. Logic: The Further Erosion of the Moorman Doctrine,” IDC Quarterly, 1993
  • “Can a Product be an Improvement to Real Property?” For The Defense, (Product Liability Annual) October 1993
  • “Aggravation of a Pre-Existing Injury or Condition,” ISBA Tort Trends Newsletter, December, 1993
  • “Application of Statutes of Repose and Limitation for Improvements to Real Property to Product Liability Cases,” IDC Quarterly, 1992

Presentations

  • Risk Assessment and Hazard Analysis – Making Your Company Defendable, the annual conference of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), Milwaukee, WI, September 19-21, 2016.
  • Do You Know What You Are Really Signing?  Understanding the Implications of Your Customers’ Terms and Conditions, the annual conference of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), PMMI MarketTrends Roundtable, Rosemont, IL, May 12, 2015.
  • Social Media: Products, Employers, Reputation and Liability, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) annual Product Safety & Compliance Seminar and Product Liability Seminar, Gateway to Product Safety, in St. Louis, MO on April 23, 2015.
  • Used Equipment – Compliant in All Markets with Craig Beymer of Terex/Genie Industries, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) annual Product Safety & Compliance Seminar and Product Liability Seminar, Gateway to Product Safety, in St. Louis, MO on April 22, 2015.
  • “The Politics of Litigation,” ALFA International – International Client Seminar, March 6, 2015
  • “The Politics of Litigation,” ALFA International Product Liability Seminar, July 18, 2014
  • “Estate of Michael Mago and William Wesson v. Precision Industrial Vessels, Inc. – A Mock Trial Presentation,” Association of Equipment Manufacturers Annual Product Safety Conference, May 1, 2014
  • “The Challenges, Risks, and Pitfalls of Legacy Equipment,” Defense Research Institute Product Liability Conference, April 9, 2014
  • The Challenges of Legacy Equipment – An Update on the Post-Sale Duty to Warn,” Packaging Machine Manufacturers Institute Annual Safety Conference, July 17, 2013
  • “Age Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number: The Challenges of Legacy Equipment,” Defense Research Institute Product Liability Conference, Product Liability in the 21st Century: The Future is Now,” April 11 – 13, 2012
  • “Recall Litigation - Defending the Product Liability Case Where the Product Has Been Re- called,” ExpertRECALL - Stericycle Product Safety and Recall Seminar, January 21, 2010
  • “Product Liability Law and Practice,” Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers Safety Conference, Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 2009
  • “The Company Engineer as Trial Witness,” Association of Equipment Manufacturers Product Safety and Compliance and Liability Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, April 30, 2009
  • “Preparing for and Conducting a Successful International Recall,” National Electrical Manufacturers Association Product Safety & Liability Conference, Memphis, TN, Sept. 30, 2008
  • “Product Liability Law and the Litigation Process,” Packaging Machine Manufacturers Institute Safety & Technology Conference, July 16 – 17, 2008
  • “Documented Risk Assessment in the Global Marketplace – Increasing Safety Without Compromising Productivity,” Rockwell Automation Fair, November 2007
  • “Documented Risk Assessment in the Global Marketplace – Defending the Process of Making Your Products Safe,” Packaging Machine Manufacturers Institute Safety & Technology Conference, July 10-11, 2007
  • “If It Ain’t Broke, Do I Still Have To Fix It? A Brief Examination of the Standards By Which U.S. Products May Be Judged,” ALFA International – International Client Seminar, March 8-10, 2007
  • “Defending the Non-Traditional Asbestos Defendant,” ALFA International – International Client Seminar, March, 2005
  •  “Final Preparation for Trial,” IICLE Seminar, October 12, 1995
  • “Minimizing a Plaintiff’s Claims for Disability and Suffering,” Illinois State Bar Association Law Ed Series Seminar, April 26, 1995
  • “Breast Implant Litigation: The Defense Perspective,” The St. Paul/University Hospital Consortium Seminar, March 23, 1994
  • “Minimizing Damages for Aggravation of a Pre-Existing Injury,” Illinois State Bar Association Law Ed Series Seminar, Nov. 11, 1993
  • “Illinois Tort Law Update,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Fall Seminar, Sept. 10, 1993
  • “Demonstration of a Slip and Fall Case-Presentation at Trial: The Defendant’s Perspective,” Continuing Legal Education Program for the Chicago Bar Association, Dec. 7, 1992