Toxic Tort

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When faced with toxic tort litigation, clients require legal counsel with a deep understanding of the scientific and medical issues inherent in cases involving chemicals, metals, asbestos and other substances.

The trial lawyers at Williams Montgomery & John have extensive toxic tort and environmental litigation and counseling experience representing manufacturers, transporters, shippers, distributors, premises operators and owners, retailers, users, and insurers in class actions, mass tort actions, property damage cases and individual catastrophic injury cases. We have defended clients in toxic tort and environmental lawsuits involving asbestos, mold, pesticides, cement kiln dust, creosote, manganese/welding rod fumes, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), urea-formaldehyde, gasoline, lead, chromium, salmonella, diet drugs and numerous other substances.

While our firm is based in Chicago, our toxic tort practice is national in scope. Our attorneys have represented clients in toxic tort, mass tort and environmental matters in federal and state courts throughout the country, including Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

Representative Cases

As examples of the firm's major engagements in this area, we have represented:

  • Abana Pharmaceuticals as national coordinating and trial counsel in the fen-phen class action multi-district litigation.
  • General Electric in individual and class action lawsuits alleging manganese fume exposure caused by defective welding rods.
  • Milwaukee Solvents in a class action claiming TCE (trichloroethylene) contamination of a subdivision's underground water supply.
  • Liquid Carbonic in lawsuits alleging brain damage and neurological damage caused by inadequate warnings and defective design of tanks of ethylene oxide.
  • Chevron as supervising North American counsel in the nationwide high temperature plastic vent pipe class actions.
  • Kimberly-Clark as national coordinating and trial counsel in toxic shock syndrome litigation.
  • Eagle Picher, Standard Asbestos, Borg Warner, Brand Insulations, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, Soo Line Railroad and other clients in thousands of cases claiming death and injury from inhalation of asbestos. 

Please see the descriptions of the firm's Product Liability and Class Action & MDL practices for additional relevant experience.

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

Chicago Toxic Tort Lawyer

For more information about the firm's toxic tort practice, please contact Jordan D. Shea at 312.443.3868 or

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