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Automotive

The veteran attorneys on LeClairRyan's Automotive Industry team are recognized leaders for their depth of experience in the magnitude of business and legal issues facing automotive manufacturers and suppliers across the nation. We are singularly focused on delivering business solutions—not just legal strategies—for our automotive clients.

Our team is truly interdisciplinary and includes professionals—from attorneys with years of experience in a variety of practice areas to former electrical engineers for leading automotive manufacturers—who work collaboratively to win maximum strategic advantages for our clients.

Our distinctive strengths include: 

  • Litigation 
  • National warranty programs 
  • Consumer product safety 
  • Intellectual property and technology
  • Discovery solutions

Litigation

Our team consistently tries cases to verdict and achieves favorable and quantifiable results for automotive manufacturers and suppliers involved in wrongful death, personal injury and property damage litigation, even when confronted with the most difficult circumstances and severe time constraints.

In addition, our attorneys regularly handle labor and employment matters for our automotive industry clients. We have successfully litigated dozens of unfair labor practice cases, including defending employers against government efforts seeking injunctive relief in federal court. Our automotive attorneys also possess a depth of experience representing automotive industry employers in union organizing campaigns as well as serving as outside counsel for union-free management issues, including avoidance strategies, management training and election campaigns.

Warranty Programs and Consumer Product Safety

Warranty and recall programs are a critical component of automotive manufacturer and suppliers’ business models and require the utmost skill and knowledge to ensure proper implementation.

LeClairRyan’s automotive attorneys are well respected for their experience in this area, as they have developed and coordinated a national warranty program for a major national automotive distributor, resulting in notable costs saving for the company. In addition, our team is equipped to represent automotive manufacturers and dealerships in consumer warranty claims, consumer fraud claims and breach of contract claims. We also have represented Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers in product defect and breach of warranty cases.

Our attorneys have broad experience working with manufacturers and distributors regarding product integrity reviews, compliance procedures, recalls and reporting requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration. We also provide counsel regarding consumer product safety and assist with the development of recall compliance documentation and procedures.

Intellectual Property and Technology

LeClairRyan offers a comprehensive national and international intellectual property and technology practice that enables our automotive clients to protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property rights. Our team of attorneys and Ph.D. patent agents and technical specialists offer a full range of intellectual property legal services, including patent prosecution and issuance. We also represent our clients in interferences, reexaminations, reissues and oppositions. This work has involved such proceedings individually, together and in conjunction with litigation.

In addition, our intellectual property attorneys have an unusually strong grasp of the ever evolving and difficult area of trademark and licensing law, representing clients in the protection of their rights in trade names, trademarks, trade dress, good will, domain names, trade secrets, manufacturing processes, know-how, and other confidential information and copyrights.

Our intellectual property attorneys have substantial experience working with automotive-related technologies such diagnostic and prognostic maintenance and repair systems, fuel injection timing, engine performance optimization systems, engine transmission, truck components and accessories, spark plug boots, and other engine-related technology. In addition, our intellectual property team includes an attorney and patent agent who formerly worked as electrical engineers for Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation respectively.

Discovery Solutions

LeClairRyan's Legal Solutions Center offers clients the experience and depth necessary to help individuals and businesses involved in automotive litigation navigate all aspects of modern discovery. LeClairRyan ensures our clients have access to a strategically leveraged combination of skilled discovery professionals, secure processes and cutting-edge technologies. By utilizing project teams to offer cost-effective, tailored approaches to each client, the discovery professionals LeClairRyan partners with create world-class, custom solutions for projects of all sizes.

Contact

  • Industry Team Leader
    973.491.3360