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 David Butler, who was chosen as the personal injury lawyer of the year in the Augusta, Ga. metropolitan area. Butler, who works out of Aiken, S.C., has devoted much of his career representing asbestos victims who have developed mesothelioma, but he also works on other personal injury and product liability cases.

Here are the RPWB attorneys named to the 2020 Best Lawyers list:

Michael J. Brickman
Litigation – Securities
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs

Elizabeth M. Burke
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

David Butler
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

Blair Hahn
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

Gregory A. Lofstead
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

Christiaan Marcum
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

Kim Keevers Palmer
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs

Terry E. Richardson, Jr.
Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Railroad Law

Thomas D. Rogers
Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs

Hoyt Rowell III
Health Care Law
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs

Brady Thomas
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs
Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

Christopher Tuck
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs

Charles W. Patrick, Jr.
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

Edward J. Westbrook
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs

Kenneth J. Wilson
Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs

Bobby Wood
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 94,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received over 11 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 62,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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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 included advertisements aimed at a youthful audience, denials of the dangers of smoking and the distribution of sample cigarettes to children.

The five week trials were litigated by RPWB attorney Gordon Rhea, Michael Weisman of the non-profit Public Health Advocacy Institute in Boston, and Russell Pate of the Virgin Islands.

In the Virgin Island cases, one of the two deceased smokers began smoking when he found sample packs of Newport cigarettes hung on the doorknobs of apartments in the apartment building where he lived.  During trial, the juries saw evidence and heard testimony that the Lorillard Tobacco Company explicitly targeted young people, including documents bragging that high school students formed the base of its business.

In Brown v. R.J. Reynolds, jurors awarded $70 million in compensatory damages and $12.3 million in punitive damages. Patrice Hale Brown, a hotel owner, died from lung cancer. She became addicted to Newport Cigarettes when she visited Florida as a teenager.

In Gerald v. R.J. Reynolds, jurors awarded $1 million in compensatory damages and $30 million in punitive damages. Lucien Evans England, Sr. died from bladder cancer and cancer of the larynx. He became addicted to Newport Cigarettes when he found sample packs hanging from doorknobs in his New York apartment building.

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