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  • Education
    • J.D., magna cum laude, University of California-Hastings, 1982, Order of the Coif; Thurston Society; Hastings Law Journal, Assitant Managing Editor
    • B.A., Yale University, 1979
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1987
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1993
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 1982
    • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas, 1998
    • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1994
    • U.S. Tax Court, 1986

With his 25 years of trial and appellate experience, Dennis J. Dobbels offers clients an extensive background in all aspects of product liability, toxic tort and legacy liability, tax litigation, and insurance and complex commercial litigation.

In state and federal courtrooms around the nation, Mr. Dobbels has handled single plaintiff cases and consolidated cases involving more than 100 plaintiffs.  Mr. Dobbels also serves as regional trial counsel, assisting clients with complex litigation issues and managing the administrative and trial activities for clients’ complex product liability litigation needs.

  • Obtained a precedent setting decision that applied to a 10-year statute of repose to latent disease claims.
  • Obtained court's orders dismissing latent disease claims based on challenges to plaintiff's experts. The courts barred plaintiff's experts from testifying and then granted summary judgment because of a failure of proof on general and specific causation.
  • Successfully defended client through defense verdicts  and  an appeal in repeat litigation accusing client of conspiracy to suppress medical and scientific information from workers exposed to toxic substances
  • Obtained a federal court ruling that provisions of a state environmental act regulating the transportation of waste in interstate commerce was unconstitutional.
  • Developed strategies for clients to manage their risk of litigation by a combination of targeted trials and alternative resolution techniques.
  • Evaluated alternative dispute resolution strategies for client to implement long-range solutions to exit from repetitive latent disease litigation.
  • Assisted clients in developing efforts to work with EPA to evaluate risks of products to consumer as it relates to product risks and warning issues.
  • Provided clients with comprehensive warning/instructional programs for users to reduce risk to client of claims based on failure to warn and instruct.