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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Jan 10, 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
Dec 31, 2019
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
Nov 01, 2019
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
Oct 25, 2019
Asbestos Find Causes Retailers to Pull Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder
Major retailers including Walmart, CVS and Rite Aid have pulled 22-ounce bottles of Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder after the FDA found traces of asbestos in a recently-tested bottle. The presence of asbestos in Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder prompted Johnson & Johnson to initiate a voluntary recall on approximately 33,000 bottles of the talcum […]READ MORE
Aug 29, 2019
Assistant U.S. Attorney Will Lewis to Join RPWB
COLUMBIA — Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC is honored to announce that William Camden (Will) Lewis will be joining our law firm. He is presently employed at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina in Columbia, where he has worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for more than 3 years. After […]READ MORE
Aug 15, 2019
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
Jul 22, 2019
First New Mesothelioma Treatment in 15 Years Approved By FDA
By Ken Wilson It’s not often that we get to report new treatments for mesothelioma. While we do see a lot of clinical trials, the standard treatment plan for malignant pleural mesothelioma has been relatively unchanged for many years. Most patients go through surgery (if they are able to), radiation and chemotherapy. It can be […]READ MORE
Jun 10, 2019
When Personal Vaporizers Explode: An Entire Industry Designed Around the Wrong Battery
By Chris Moore Since the mid-2000s, we have become more reliant on lithium-ion batteries and the devices they power. The batteries are extremely useful and serve an important function. Just a decade ago, it would have been inconceivable for a laptop computer or a smartphone to be used for an entire day on just one […]READ MORE
May 23, 2019
RPWB Named To Leadership of 3M Combat Arms Ear Plug MDL
RPWB member attorney Elizabeth Middleton Burke was named to the leadership of the 3M Combat Arms Ear Plug multidistrict litigation. Federal lawsuits filed against 3M for producing faulty military ear plugs have been consolidated in the Northern District of Florida. Burke was named as co-chair of the Plaintiff Steering Committee, which builds the national product […]READ MORE
May 20, 2019
Richardson is a Top 25 Lawyer (Again!)
RPWB Founding Member Terry Richardson has been named as one of the top 25 lawyers in South Carolina by Super Lawyers, one of the nation’s premiere attorney rating services. This marks Richardson’s ninth time appearing on the list. For three consecutive years, he was ranked as one of the top 10 attorneys in the state. […]READ MORE
Apr 24, 2019
RPWB named to leadership of firefighting foam MDL
CHARLESTON, S.C. – RPWB has been named to the leadership of litigation to help the nation’s water utilities filter out harmful chemicals left behind by firefighting foam manufactured by 3M and Tyco. RPWB member Christiaan Marcum sits on the Plaintiff Executive Committee of the Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) Multi-District Litigation, which has been consolidated in […]READ MORE
Mar 25, 2019
Supreme Court ruling will help asbestos victims
By Dave Butler The United States Supreme Court delivered an unexpectedly good opinion for asbestos victims last week. For years, equipment makers (including those who make pumps, valves, turbines and boilers) have argued that they only make and sell metal products and cannot be held responsible for asbestos products made by third parties and later […]READ MORE
Jan 18, 2019
RPWB welcomes a new member
Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman is proud to announce that Aaron Dias has been named the firm’s newest member. Dias has spent the entirety of his legal career with RPWB, beginning as a clerk during law school. In 2005, he became an associate attorney at the firm. His practice focuses primarily on pharmaceutical and other […]READ MORE
Dec 03, 2018
Parties agree to settle SC nuclear plant class action
SCANA and SCE&G settle class action lawsuit with Attorney General and Plaintiffs Related to V.C. Summer Nuclear Costs Plaintiffs Richard Lightsey, LeBrian Cleckley, and Phillip Cooper have reached an agreement with SCANA Corporation and South Carolina Electric & Gas Company to settle a lawsuit filed in the state Court of Common Pleas in Hampton County on […]READ MORE
Nov 02, 2018
RPWB is a 2019 U.S. News Best Law Firm
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman was named a 2019 Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report, recognizing the plaintiff firm for its work on mass torts and class actions, product liability, securities, healthcare law, medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits. With 16 lawyers listed on the underlying Best Lawyers in […]READ MORE