Construction defense litigation represents a major area of our firm’s practice. As a result, we have experience managing construction defect claims and defending lawsuits arising out of construction site accidents resulting in personal injury, death, or property damage. We have represented architects, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, consultants, and their insurers in cases involving structural defects, jobsite injuries, mold and chemical contaminations, mechanical defects, and the like. Throughout our practice, we have represented every major construction trade.
Our attorneys have also routinely addressed claims for breach of contract, warranty, negligence, fraud, strict liability, and violation of building codes. Additionally, we have extensive experience representing insurers in coverage disputes arising out of construction litigation claims. Our attorneys have also defended manufacturers of construction and industrial equipment. We have experience working with engineers, consulting firms, union representatives, OSHA experts, and vocational and economic experts who are utilized in defending construction cases.
Partners Bruce Lyon, Kevin Campbell, and Melanie Strubbe oversee the Construction Defense Division at the firm.
TRUCKING & TRANSPORTATION
Transportation and trucking companies face a myriad of legal challenges in the course of their daily operations and have increased exposure for personal injury, regulatory, and safety actions. The attorneys at LaBarge, Campbell & Lyon have worked in trucking and transportation litigation for over twenty-five years, and it currently represents a significant portion of our practice. We offer legal representation to insurance companies and self-insured trucking companies, commercial motor carriers, common carriers, and freight companies for trucking accidents, bus accidents, premises liability claims, Federal Motor Carrier Regulations matters, commercial issues and disputes, and contract disputes.
Partner Michael R. LaBarge, a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), oversees the Trucking and Transportation Division at the firm and has defended transportation companies across the country.
The lawyers at LaBarge, Campbell & Lyon are experienced in the defense of healthcare professionals, healthcare institutions, and insurers. We have defended claims involving multi-million dollar exposures for anesthesia errors, birth injuries, catastrophic injuries, dental malpractice, emergency room errors, failure to diagnose, improper diagnosis, nursing errors, pharmaceutical errors, surgical errors, and wrongful death.
Our attorneys are sensitive to the needs of healthcare professionals, and we are willing and able to aggressively defend cases through trial to protect the professional reputation of our clients. With a wide-reaching network of medical specialists, we can conduct comprehensive reviews of medical records and medical research and can select and retain the finest expert witnesses and consultants. The firm’s recognized success in defending medical malpractice actions comes from meticulous trial preparation, as well as from a thorough understanding of the intricate issues surrounding these claims and the complexities of the applicable law.
Partner Kevin Campbell oversees the Medical Malpractice Division at the firm.
The firm has extensive experience representing individuals and insurance carriers in insurance coverage disputes, declaratory judgment actions, and bad faith litigation. We work closely with insurance company management and claims professionals, and we provide advice to clients on the full range of policy and coverage defenses and litigate our clients’ coverage actions.
Partner Melanie Strubbe oversees the Insurance Coverage Division at the firm.
The attorneys at LaBarge, Campbell & Lyon have successfully represented a wide range of clients in product liability lawsuits for claims involving design and manufacturing defects, failure to warn, product misuse, and product tampering. In addition to our expert legal counsel, we have a broad understanding of the engineering, scientific and technological aspects of product liability actions due to our extensive experience defending automotive products, building materials, chemicals, construction products, consumer products, foods, furniture, hazardous materials, industrial machinery, manufacturing and processing equipment, medical devices, medications, small appliances and electronics.
We handle every size of case, from individual actions alleging single exposures to mass individual filings and national class action filings. In addition, we have extensive experience defending toxic tort cases such as asbestos and mold actions.
The Products Liability Division at LaBarge, Campbell & Lyon is headed by Partners Kevin Campbell and Bruce Lyon. Mr. Lyon has handled over 1,000 open files for a major asbestos manufacturer and has coordinated the national defense of asbestos litigation for two major railroads.
The firm has represented corporations, small businesses, and individuals in commercial litigation including breach of contract actions, software licensing disputes, and claims arising under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, ERISA, COBRA, the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
Partner Bruce Lyon oversees the Commercial Litigation Division at the firm.
ASBESTOS & TOXIC TORTS
The firm has extensive experience representing asbestos manufacturers, distributors, and end use users. Bruce W. Lyon has coordinated the national defense of asbestos litigation for two major railroads and has handled over 1,000 open files in the northern half of Illinois for a major asbestos manufacturer. The firm has also represented clients in chemical exposure and chemical release cases including class action litigation.
Partners Mike LaBarge and Bruce Lyon oversee the Toxic Torts Division at the firm.
The firm has extensive appearance in handling appeals in both state and federal court including oral argument before the Illinois Supreme Court”. (See Article)
Partner Kevin Campbell oversees the Appellate Division at the firm.