We are sensitive to the potential costs of litigation. Although the best defense often is a strong offense, we counsel against a purely reactive stance that sees the courts as the arena of first resort. Rather, we work with clients at every step in the product development life cycle to identify potential issues and risks and to minimize vulnerabilities. We regularly conduct in-house seminars and training sessions to help our clients’ key employees understand the myriad issues, actions, and failures to act that can increase the likelihood of product liability litigation.
Quarles & Brady has taken the lead in fee and cost control. We invite active client participation in all phases of litigation, including strategic planning, discovery, budgeting, and trial. We firmly believe that our philosophy does not come at the expense of litigation efficiency. To the contrary, Quarles & Brady believes that much of litigation—especially traditional discovery practice—is reflexive, unfocused, and wasteful. By concentrating on what is necessary to win on summary judgment or prevail at trial, our attorneys move cases through the pretrial phase more quickly and efficiently.
Alternative Forms of Resolution
Where appropriate and cost effective, we also fully support the use of alternative forms of resolution. Our attorneys are experienced in arbitration and mediation and in summary trial proceedings.