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Experienced Chicago Product Liability Attorneys

A number of attorneys at Williams Montgomery & John devote a substantial portion of their practice to defending product liability lawsuits.

The firm's product liability representations have been recognized by The National Law Journal as "Outstanding Defense Verdicts" in the United States, including the successful defense of Black & Decker in a lawsuit arising out of the alleged defective design of a power saw, Bill Kelley Athletic, Inc. in a lawsuit alleging the defective design of a football helmet, and Goodyear in a lawsuit alleging the defective design and manufacture of a tire which resulted in tread separation causing a vehicle rollover accident.  Our Chicago law firm has extensive experience with product liability lawsuits alleging manufacturing and design defects of airbags, seatbelts and other automobile components.  Our attorneys have represented Ford Motor Company in dozens of Ford Explorer cases involving tread separations of Firestone tires in federal and state courts in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Florida.

Types of Cases We Have Litigated

The firm regularly defends manufacturers, distributors and retailers against product liability claims based on negligence, strict product liability and breach of warranty. Our attorneys have litigated cases involving an extensive array of products, including:

  • silicone breast implants, contact lens solution, pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements;
  • genetically engineered corn;
  • child safety restraints;
  • above-ground and in-ground swimming pools;
  • vehicle tires, axles, brakes, clutches and other components;
  • aircraft engines and components;
  • industrial and consumer power tools;
  • welding rods, conveyer systems and heat exchangers;
  • earth moving and farming equipment; and
  • asbestos and toxic chemicals.

In the aviation area, our attorneys have litigated cases involving catastrophic commercial airline, general aviation and helicopter accidents.  For example, we have represented Lycoming Engines and Textron in wrongful death suits arising from piston engine aircraft accidents, defended a class action product liability lawsuit seeking more than $60 million in damages for alleged defects in 5,000 reciprocating aircraft engines, and defended Bell Helicopter and Textron in wrongful death product liability suits involving helicopter accidents.

We’re Qualified to Defend Your Case

The Chicago product liability lawyers at Williams Montgomery & John are skilled at developing the factual and legal defenses and explaining to jurors the complex scientific and technical issues that often arise in these types of cases.

As a result of the firm's experience, our lawyers have been retained as national or regional trial counsel for more than 60 corporate clients, including Ford Motor Company, Fisher-Price (US) Inc., Black & Decker, General Electric, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Cooper Tire & Rubber, Genentech, Inc., Muskin Pools, Kimberly-Clark, Eagle Picher and Standard Asbestos.

A list of representative matters can be found by clicking on the "Representative Matters" link above.

The firm's product liability practice is led by partner Barry Montgomery, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers who has been recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the "Top 10 Litigators in the United States." He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Illinois Leading Lawyers for product liability defense and has been recognized in the International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers. Several additional partners of the firm are listed in Illinois Leading Lawyers and Illinois Super Lawyers for product liability defense.

For more information about the firm's product liability practice, please contact Mr. Montgomery at 312.443.3242 or

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Representative Matters

  • Whirlpool Corporation v. Sensata Technologies, Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc.

    Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill.

    Represented consumer product manufacturer Whirlpool in product liability lawsuit brought against supplier to recover damages caused by recall of 1.8 million refrigerators. Successfully resolved on eve of trial.

  • Lister v. Bill Kelley Athletic, Inc.

    Circuit Court of DuPage County, Ill.

    Obtained defense verdict in a product liability lawsuit brought against Bill Kelley Athletic, Inc. involving a football helmet manufactured by defendant.  Plaintiff alleged defective design and failure to warn after sustaining serious personal injuries when making a tackle during a high school football game.  Case cited by The National Law Journal as one of the “Outstanding Defense Verdicts” in the United States.