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Retail / Consumer Products

The Adams and Reese Products Liability Team has represented clients from the early stages of invention through the patenting, sales and distribution of a winning product. Beyond that, we continue to represent our clients’ interests through their next product phase or divestiture.

In that sense, Adams and Reese offers comprehensive counsel to inventors and manufacturers at any stage as well as IP enforcement and protections against potential liabilities. We have represented thousands of claims and sought creative resolutions to preserve the brand, future revenues and business interests of our clients.

Our Attorneys

Drawing from our firm’s diverse practice experience, we advise on the major concerns of a growing enterprise, including financing, taxes, labor and employment, contracts, international law and estate and succession planning. In addition, we have a seasoned team of governmental relations attorneys who advocate and monitor the legislative and regulatory issues that govern licensing, patents, incentives, distribution, transportation and trade.

We serve as regional and national counsel for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, oil and gas distribution, computer software and hardware and multiple dealers and franchisees. We understand the value of products in numerous industries and how strategic IP protections and contract language can help businesses avoid unnecessary liabilities, claims or restrictions.

We also hold membership and leadership positions in key trade associations:  

  • Tulane University Joint Committee on Medical and Legal Education
  • Society of Medical Association Counsel
  • Louisiana Medical Disclosure Panel
  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Foundation
  • Health Education Authority of Louisiana Board of Trustees
  • Children's Hospital Institutional Review Board
  • Products Liability Advisory Council
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Drug Information Association
  • Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution
  • Alabama Mental Health Counselors Association
  • American Arbitration Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Louisiana Medical Disclosure Panel
  • Louisiana Governor's Commission of Medical Malpractice
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice
  • National Association of Defense Counsel

Core Practice and Clients

Some of our representative clients include manufacturers and distributors of automotive and agricultural products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, heavy equipment, construction and HVAC products, industrial machinery, maritime vessels and related products as well as various household and consumer goods such as tobacco and power tools. We practice primarily in the areas of:

Transactions: representing U.S. based and foreign manufacturers and distributors in the development of markets, strategic partnerships, financing, compliance, labor and related negotiations. We also support tax, estate and succession planning.

IP Protection and Enforcement: providing comprehensive strategy for patent searches, copyright registration, trademark clearance searches, evaluation, selection and licensing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. We also represent clients in discovery of IP infringement within the U.S. and abroad.

Complex and Class Action Litigation: defending multi-district litigation, complex/class action claims and mass tort litigation while preserving production, trade secrets and reputation.

The growing tenacity of plaintiffs and their attorneys requires an astute legal team who can head off problems before they begin through strong contractual language and ongoing general counsel. Contact Adams and Reese for cradle-to-grave product representation.