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 2020 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 14 states and territories (CA, DC, FL, GA, IL, KS, MD, MI, MO, SC, WV, 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 09, 2020
The chase of PPP fraud is on
By Will Lewis When the federal government raced to release more than $2.2 trillion in coronavirus aid earlier this year, it did so knowing that some of that money would go to fraudulent claims. With the money needed immediately by struggling businesses and workers, the government could not efficiently control fraud on the front end, […]READ MORE
Aug 25, 2020
Top-Listed Firm for Personal Injury, Product Liability and Mass Torts
RPWB is the top-listed plaintiff law firm in South Carolina for personal injury, product liability and mass tort litigation in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. In all, 19 RPWB attorneys were named Best Lawyers in their respective practice areas. Two other RPWB lawyers were named “Ones to Watch,” a designation for […]READ MORE
Mar 02, 2020
How are Mesothelioma Lawsuits Paid Out?
By Ken Wilson Some of the most frequent questions we get about mesothelioma lawsuits concern how they are ultimately paid out to clients and how long it will all take. To address those questions, let me give you a little bit of context about how mesothelioma lawsuits work. When a person is diagnosed with mesothelioma, […]READ MORE
Feb 21, 2020
Terry Richardson Honored with the 2020 War Horse Award
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — RPWB founding attorney Terry Richardson was honored with the War Horse Award by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association this week, a distinction recognizing his contributions to the legal profession over the past 40 years. From the nameplate on his desk (“Illegitimis non carborundum” – Don’t let the bastards wear you down) […]READ MORE
Feb 02, 2020
$1.5 Billion Syngenta Corn Farmer Settlement Finalized
Corn Farmer Settlement Checks Are On The Way This week we received some very good news for corn farmers nationwide who suffered price losses associated with the botched launch of genetically-modified corn seed by Syngenta in 2013. On January 3, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas in Kansas City approved a […]READ MORE
Feb 01, 2020
RPWB is a 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm
CHARLESTON, S.C. – U.S. News & World Report has named Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman as a 2020 Best Law Firm for the firm’s work in personal injury, mass torts and class actions, product liability, medical malpractice, securities litigation, healthcare law and railroad law. U.S. News’ announcement came on the heels of the 2020 Best […]READ MORE
Jan 31, 2020
16 RPWB Lawyers Selected For Best Lawyers List
CHARLESTON – RPWB was once again the top-listed plaintiff law firm in South Carolina for product liability cases as well as mass tort and class action lawsuits in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, which was released in August 2019. In total, 16 RPWB attorneys were designated as 2020 Best Lawyers, including […]READ MORE
Jan 30, 2020
Asbestos causes mesothelioma, and now scientists know why
It is no secret that exposure to asbestos causes cancer. However, while scientists definitively established this link decades ago, the exact mechanism was still a mystery. A recent study apparently demonstrates just how asbestos causes mesothelioma, which at some point in the future could possibly be helpful to doctors in South Carolina who treat patients […]READ MORE
Jan 22, 2020
Study confirms link between cosmetic products and mesothelioma
Wearing makeup and using other cosmetic products is quite common in South Carolina. Unfortunately, just because something is common does not mean it is safe. For example, asbestos contamination is shockingly common in the cosmetics industry. A recent study established a definite link between the deadly cancer mesothelioma and asbestos found in many cosmetic products. […]READ MORE
Jan 18, 2020
FDA pushes for more testing amid asbestos exposure concern
Current asbestos testing standards for industries that use talc are fairly loose. As recent reports have shown that many products contain this toxic substance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is pushing for new testing standards. If implemented, it could possibly lower the risk of asbestos exposure for people in South Carolina and across the […]READ MORE
Jan 17, 2020
Is diagnosing mesothelioma difficult?
If you’ve worked in a job that exposed you to asbestos, you may already know the risk for mesothelioma. But when the disease takes years to show up, how do doctors know whether or not you have it? Mesothelioma is a rare disease. And many different illnesses have similar symptoms. To diagnose patients, doctors must […]READ MORE
Jan 15, 2020
How can I find clinical trials for mesothelioma?
If you have mesothelioma from asbestos exposure, you know that only limited treatment exists. However, science is always searching for new ways to treat or cure the disease. If you have exhausted your options for treatment, a clinical trial can test out a new way to fight your mesothelioma. Your doctor may be aware of […]READ MORE
Jan 08, 2020
Asbestos litigation: Johnson & Johnson faces another lawsuit
South Carolina consumers should feel confident that they are making safe purchases, but this is unfortunately more difficult than it seems. Companies are frequently more concerned with their own bottom lines than they are with the health and safety of their customers. Concerned over citizens’ safety, one state is engaging in asbestos litigation against Valeant […]READ MORE
Dec 31, 2019
Construction workers learn of asbestos exposure months later
There is a very good reason that asbestos abatement is tightly regulated in South Carolina. When mishandled, asbestos fibers are released into the air. Those airborne fibers are easily inhaled. For those who do not quite understand just how serious this is, it is important to know that asbestos exposure can lead to a number […]READ MORE
Dec 23, 2019
Miners, construction workers at higher risk for mesothelioma
Asbestos has not disappeared from South Carolina. Whether from old buildings and products or in new uses, asbestos can still be found in many — all over and even in the workplace. Almost anyone could be at risk for exposure, but there are some who face an even greater risk than others. Here are some […]READ MORE