Paul Cereghini is one of Bowman and Brooke's top trial lawyers and has been widely recognized as one of the best product liability trial lawyers in the United States. He defends product manufacturers nationally and has personally defended cases in more than 40 states. Among his most visible assignments, Paul was chosen by Yamaha to try its bellwether cases involving its Rhino side-by-side off-road vehicle which was under attack in hundreds of cases nationwide. He also serves as lead counsel for Riddell in the NFL player concussion litigation.
Describing Paul as "very meticulous in his preparation and attention to detail, as well as thoughtful and thorough in his arguments," (2016) Chambers USA has identified him as a top trial lawyer nationally in automotive product liability for nine consecutive years, 2008-2016. Recognized by The Legal 500, he was called out again as one of eight Leading Lawyers in the United States in the field of automotive/transport product liability defense in 2008-2016, acclaimed as "an excellent trial attorney who is aggressive and very technologically capable," (2009) and "an outstanding trial lawyer" (2012) who instills in clients much confidence in his courtroom.
As one of the firm's founding attorneys, Paul focuses his practice on defending household name corporations, including manufacturers of automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, helmets, material handling equipment, electrical components and medical devices against product liability and other major liability claims. In his cases, Paul frequently deals with mechanical engineers, computer scientists, incident reconstructionists, biomechanics and other technical experts. He has defended his clients to verdict in more than three dozen catastrophic injury and wrongful death trials and defends multi-plaintiff consolidated matters and class action.
Paul was distinguished as a Law360 "Product Liability MVP" in 2013 and as "Product Liability Trial Attorney of the Year" by Honda North America, Inc. in 2001 and 2005. He is listed as a top trial lawyer in Product Liability: Automotive and as a leading individual in Nationwide Product Liability & Mass Torts by Chambers USA in 2008-2016. The Legal 500 identified him as a Leading Lawyer in Product Liability Defense, Automotive/Transport in 2008-2016 and named him in Product Liability Defense, Consumer Products in 2014-2016. He was listed in Who's Who Legal's "International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyer" in 2013-2015, and was awarded a "Top Defense Verdict of 2010" by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. Paul's other notable distinctions include recognition as a Lawdragon "500 Leading Lawyers in America" for 2014-2015; Benchmark Litigation "Local Litigation Star" in Product Liability, Personal Injury in 2013-2016; The Best Lawyers in America Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" for Product Liability Litigation in Arizona in 2015; and The National Law Journal's "Top Defense Wins of 2000." Paul received the highest bar exam score in Arizona in 1984.
Paul is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute and the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel.