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Owens Moderates Discussion with Executives at Product Manufacturers

October 16, 2019

Johnson & Bell Shareholder Kevin G. Owens recently moderated a panel discussion at the 2019 ALFA International Product Liability & Complex Torts Practice Group Seminar. The seminar was attended by ALFA International attorneys from around the globe, as well as representatives of many of the world’s leading product manufacturers. Mr. Owens was joined by senior in-house counsel from three national and multi-national corporations for a series of “Ted Talk” style presentations. The presentations included “The Top Ten Things You Need to Know to Talk to My Business People”, “Things I Wish My Outside Counsel Knew But They Never Ask (The Inner Voices of an In-House Counsel)”, and “Financial Challenges Facing In-House Counsel: What It’s Like to Be Us.”  The panelists shared valuable insights on the client perspective on issues equally important to clients and the outside lawyers who represent them in high-stakes litigation.

ALFA International is the premier network of independent law firms. Founded in 1980, ALFA International was the first and continues to be one of the largest and strongest legal networks. The organization has some 150 member firms throughout the world, including 80 U.S. firms with offices in 95 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas and 70 international firms are located around the globe. Mr. Owens is a past-chair of ALFA’s Product Liability & Complex Torts Practice Group, a member of that practice group’s steering committee, and presently serves as Vice Chair of ALFA International’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Owens is a shareholder and co-chair of Johnson & Bell’s Product Liability practice group. His civil litigation practice includes the defense and trial of catastrophic injury, consumer and other product liability actions, construction and general negligence actions, and the litigation of commercial disputes in state and federal courts.  His experience also includes litigation of construction product defect actions, and litigation of contract actions at law and equity.

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