Jeff Spoerk advises and defends product manufacturers on a wide variety of product liability issues. He has served as national or regional trial counsel in more than 25 state and federal courts in cases involving trucks, automobiles, motorcycles, fire apparatus, trailers, aerial devices, cranes, forklifts, presses, farm equipment, electrical equipment, food processing equipment, compressors, paper-making equipment, building construction, gas equipment, chemical plants, chemicals and lead paint. In addition to defending lawsuits, he regularly assists clients with business planning, safety reviews, product design, product recalls and warnings to promote proactive risk avoidance. As an experienced chemical engineer, he is conversant with issues involving mechanics, chemistry, physics, metallurgy, accident reconstruction and other engineering sciences. Mr. Spoerk’s recent experience includes:
- Lead trial counsel in Florida case involving SUV and trailer crash. Obtained voluntary dismissal after one day.
- Lead trial counsel in a California wrongful death case involving a truck rollover.
- Drafted product warnings and safety instructions for a specialty vehicle.
- Defended paint manufacturer in first of its kind lead paint trial in Wisconsin.
- Served as trial counsel in Nevada case involving a failure of chemical equipment in a gold processing facility.
- Lead trial counsel for multi-plaintiff hearing loss claims.
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 2011
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1992
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1989
Hearing loss litigation — Lead trial counsel defending multi-plaintiff hearing loss cases for vehicle manufacturer.
Lead paint toxic tort — Trial counsel for lead paint exposure cases in Wisconsin. Cases involve novel theories of law and have resulted in trips to the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. First case was tried and resulted in defense verdict.
Trailer litigation — :Lead trial counsel for motor vehicle crash case involving passenger truck towing a trailer. Plaintiff alleged defective trailer and negligence in trailer rental practices. Plaintiff threw in the towel after first day of trial.