Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman
We are here to help
We love what we do because we like to help people. We are compassionate, and know that often when we work with a client, they are in a period of turmoil. They have a lot on their plate. Our job is to make their life better and to live up to their trust. That is sacred to us.
RPWB attorneys are experienced, respected and tenacious. We represent individuals, companies and governments in complicated disputes across a diverse range of practice areas. The common thread of our work is that we help those who have been wronged. We’re the ones fighting the big guy.
People tend to notice. We often lead class action lawsuits and multidistrict litigations against large corporations. Our attorneys are highly regarded by both peers and adversaries. We are a 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm. But our most prized accolades are the thank you cards, homemade quilts and other reminders of a job well done we’ve received over the years.
Our proudest moments are when we help ordinary, hard-working Americans who have been harmed through no fault of their own. We believe in consumer protection, that people should live and work in healthy places, with safe products and all the information they need to make wise choices. Unfortunately in our world, corners are sometimes cut, intentions can be impure and people are ripped off, hurt or worse. We want there to be less of that.
Our work matters. It benefits people who have been wronged. It makes it cost-prohibitive for the unscrupulous to try again. It sets important precedent for how the law will help future generations.
With a network of other attorneys we respect and work well with, we have the knowledge, skill and resources to work anywhere in the United States. We take cases that are challenging, involve cutting-edge areas of the law and benefit people who really need a hand. If you would like us to look at your case, give us a call or send us a message.
Three reasons to choose RPWB
We have worked together as partners and as collaborators on some of the most significant litigation in America’s history. Our attorneys possess the practical skills, legal knowledge and tenacity to ensure every client receives the very best representation possible. Our collective experience touches nearly every aspect of plaintiffs’ litigation and we have an extensive network of co-counsel, experts and investigators to take on cases regardless of location and legal jurisdiction. Our clients benefit from our experience, seasoned understanding of complicated matters and winning reputation.
Our attorneys focus on new and evolving areas of the law. The firm has put in place an advanced technological infrastructure that provides comprehensive data analysis and management. State-of-the-art presentation software provides jurors with the very best opportunity to understand our clients’ cases.
We know that holding big business accountable takes a willingness to relentlessly fight for the rights of those who have been wronged. When RPWB takes a case, the firm and all of its resources are committed to fighting for that client. Our contract of representation is our promise to put in the work necessary to bring every case to its best possible conclusion.
Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman is a law firm with extensive experience representing plaintiffs across a diverse array of practice areas, including product liability, consumer protection and personal injury. We are frequently selected to hold leadership positions in consumer class actions and MDLs. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in 13 states and territories (CA, DC, FL, GA, IL, KS, MD, MI, MO, SC, TX, US-VI and WI) as well as many federal courts throughout the country. With a network of co-counsel partners, we have the knowledge, skill and resources to investigate and litigate throughout the United States.
While we take pride in our work to help large groups of people, We have always remained committed to helping individual clients by litigating catastrophic personal injury cases, truck accidents, railroad accidents, construction defects, medical malpractice, occupational lung disease and mesothelioma claims.
RPWB was formed in 2002 by a group of attorneys who had built the reputation of being skilled, principled and tenacious. Their experience included working on the most significant litigation against what was then our nation’s biggest health crisis: tobacco use. The cases led to the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, which has compensated states for healthcare costs and funded nationwide anti-smoking campaigns.
Tobacco wasn’t the only time we intervened in a public health crisis. Our firm’s attorneys pioneered asbestos litigation in the early 1970s when we were among the first to successfully litigate product liability claims against the manufacturers of asbestos and asbestos products. We have since helped thousands of workers throughout the country who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and asbestosis.
RPWB’s pharmaceutical team has been named lead counsel of seven nationwide cases against drug and medical device manufacturers. They have held leadership positions in many others. Other RPWB attorneys have made names for themselves by litigating catastrophic personal injury, products liability and and consumer class action cases.
We are a law firm that is skilled and experienced enough to take on complex cases in our home state of South Carolina and beyond.
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Sep 18, 2018
Families of two smokers hooked by free samples awarded $113 million
The families of a pair of deceased smokers from the United States Virgin Islands were awarded $113 million by two juries last month. In a consolidated trial, the juries found that the maker of Newport cigarettes (previously Lorillard, now R.J. Reynolds) engaged in a program to hook young people, including children, on cigarettes. The program […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
16 RPWB attorneys named to Best Lawyers List
CHARLESTON – Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman was again recognized as South Carolina’s top-listed plaintiff law firm for product liability cases and mass tort/class actions by The Best Lawyers in America® in their 2019 edition released in August 2018. In all, 16 RPWB attorneys were named 2019 Best Lawyers, including four new additions to the […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
Richardson on mass torts win: “Unrelenting pressure is essential.”
RPWB founding attorney Terry Richardson has worked on many mass tort cases throughout his four decades practicing law, but the 2005 Graniteville train crash stands out due to its size, scope and complexity. His experience with the case recently featured by the website drugwatcher.org in the article “11 of America’s Top Trial Lawyers Share Their […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
RPWB accepting DePuy Elbow Implant cases
RPWB attorneys are representing patients who had to replace their faulty DePuy Synthes elbow implant, a defective medical device that was pulled from the market years ago yet it still causing problems. In late 2016, the DePuy Synthes elbow implant was recalled after people who received the devices reported problems with radial stem loosening at […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
First three Abilify gambling cases settle
In April, the makers of Abilify settled the first three bellwether cases that were scheduled to go to trial this past June. Judge M. Casey Rodgers also ordered both sides to begin work on the framework for a global settlement for the nearly 2,000 other Abilify cases pending in the Northern District of Florida. The […]READ MORE
Aug 14, 2018
Wells Fargo Under Fire For 401(k) Rollover Practices
RPWB attorneys are investigating claims that Wells Fargo may have advised people rolling over their 401(k) retirement plans to invest in alternative investments in order to earn higher fees and commissions. These 401(k) rollovers have caught the attention of federal regulators with the Department of Justice, Department of Labor and the Securities Exchange Commission, who […]READ MORE
Apr 29, 2015
Richardson again named ‘Top 10 lawyer’ in SC
BARNWELL, SC – Founding RPWB member Terry E. Richardson, Jr. has been named one of South Carolina’s Top 10 attorneys by the national ranking service Super Lawyers for the second year in a row. The annual list highlights attorneys who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer […]READ MORE
Aug 16, 2016
Nine RPWB attorneys named Best Lawyers in America
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC – Nine RPWB attorneys were named 2017 Best Lawyers in America® for their respective practice areas, including two new additions in the past year. Based on the number of attorneys honored, RPWB was named the top-listed plaintiff product liability litigation firm in South Carolina. The two lawyers recognized for the first time […]READ MORE
Aug 11, 2016
Berkeley County, SC property owners to receive fee refund
CHARLESTON, SC – Thousands of Berkeley County property owners will receive refunds of transportation impact fees that were paid to the county, but not spent on infrastructure improvements. Ninth Circuit Judge R. Markley Dennis, Jr. finalized the class action settlement agreement on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. It applies to approximately 4,000 Berkeley County property owners […]READ MORE
Apr 22, 2016
Beth Burke wins USC law school alumni award
Elizabeth Middleton Burke was awarded the Gold Compleat Lawyer Award by the University of South Carolina Law School Alumni Council on April 21, 2016. The award is the most prestigious given by the law school. It recognizes alumni for their outstanding civic and professional accomplishments. Burke, a 1997 graduate of the law school, is an […]READ MORE
May 08, 2015
Charles Patrick voted ‘Lawyer of the Year’
CHARLESTON, SC – RPWB attorney Charles W. Patrick, Jr. has been named a “Lawyer of the Year” for the Charleston market in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers of America©. The designation, this time for plaintiff product liability litigation, marks the fourth time Patrick has been named as lawyer of the year. He was selected for […]READ MORE
Jan 06, 2015
Graniteville train derailment: 10 years later
In the early morning hours of January 6, 2005, two Norfolk Southern trains collided in Graniteville, South Carolina, setting off a chain of events that would lead to the deaths of nine people and injuries to at least 250 others. A tanker car ruptured, spewing about 60 tons of chlorine gas into the air. Approximately […]READ MORE
May 31, 2018
Richardson named a ‘top 10’ S.C. attorney
BARNWELL, SC – Founding member Terry E. Richardson, Jr. of Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman has been named one of South Carolina’s Top 10 attorneys by the national ranking service Super Lawyers. The annual list highlights attorneys who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. […]READ MORE
Nov 01, 2017
RPWB is a 2017 US News Best Law Firm
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman was named a 2017 Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report, recognizing the plaintiff firm for its work on product liability, securities and personal injury lawsuits. RPWB was selected as a top-tier firm in two metropolitan areas, including product liability and securities litigation in the […]READ MORE
Sep 05, 2017
Attorney Fights for Cleanup of SC’s Largest Gasoline Spill
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – RPWB attorney Katie McElveen recently helped a national pipeline safety group prepare an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit to clean up one of the largest gasoline pipeline spills in South Carolina history. In late 2014, residents of Belton followed the strong smell of gasoline to discover that a pipeline spanning from […]READ MORE