Colorado is home to trial groups that can get big results on complex, engineering-driven cases. And the Best Law Firms list in products liability is one place to find several of them.
Firms listed in the products liability category, on both the plaintiff’s and defense side, share a reputation for handling high-stakes claims for decades involving an array of industries and product types.
For Best Law Firms honoree Wells Anderson & Race, products liability defense has been a bread-and-butter practice from the time it opened its doors in 1995.
“We do some [work] that’s not within a strict product liability arena, but when we started the firm, certainly our focus was product liability,” said cofounding firm member Mary Wells.
Wells recalls litigating a case over breast implants in Texas in the firm’s early days, and the firm’s clients over the years have expanded to include manufacturers of other medical devices as well as aircraft and recreational vehicles.
Wells said the firm has gotten most of its newer clients as referrals from earlier clients, and the firm has steadily grown from four members and an associate in 1995 to 15 attorneys today. As a small trial firm that litigates nationwide, Wells Anderson & Race runs lean as part of its business model.
“Our teams here are much skinnier than they would be in other firms, and that’s a significant benefit to the client in terms of economy,” Wells said. The firm stresses a “team approach” where there’s a clear coordination and division of responsibilities among attorneys on any given case, she added.
Wells Anderson & Race attorneys often co-counsel with attorneys from other firms across the country on cases. In some cases, they’ve worked with team members remotely right up until just before trial, according to Michael Brooks, a member who joined Wells Anderson & Race in 1997.
“We’ve had clients over the years … that are favorably predisposed to using the virtual law firm approach” for handling products liability matters, Brooks said.
The plaintiffs’ side of the Best Law Firms products liability list, too, has small firms known for getting big results. For 2020, it includes Ogborn Mihm, which handles legal malpractice and business litigation in addition to catastrophic injury cases. In 2018, Ogborn Mihm and its clients made national headlines when they obtained a $100 million settlement in a case stemming from a helicopter crash in Frisco involving Air Methods.