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  • Education
    • J.D., magna cum laude, University of California-Hastings, 1982, Order of the Coif; Thurston Society; Hastings Law Journal, Assistant 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

Dennis Dobbels helps clients navigate litigation risk by using his trial and appellate experience to assist clients in developing a comprehensive ADR, trial and litigation plan. He has an extensive background in all aspects of products liability, toxic tort and legacy liability, tax litigation, and insurance and complex commercial litigation. Dennis serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s national Products Liability and Toxic Tort practice. Dennis has handled single plaintiff cases and consolidated cases involving more than 100 plaintiffs in state and federal courtrooms across the nation,. He serves as national trial counsel, assisting clients with complex litigation issues and managing the administrative and trial activities for clients’ complex product liability litigation needs.

Dennis also co-chairs the firms Food and Agriculture group. He provides advice to clients on labeling issues, litigation matters and strategic planning. He has used common sense, as well as the law, to assist clients in resolving class action cases related to alleged deceptive labeling issues.

  • 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.
  • 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.