Brown & James Named Top Litigation Firm; Hansmann and Willman Named ‘State Litigation Stars’

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October 31, 2017

Benchmark Litigation recognized Brown & James as a top litigation firm, receiving Benchmark’s “Recommended” ranking in Missouri and listing two attorneys as “State Litigation Stars.”

The guide noted the firm’s focus on civil and appellate matters and roster of experienced trial attorneys. Brown & James is called a “go-to firm in the St. Louis area” and “a top-notch defense firm,” according to Benchmark Litigation.

The attorneys listed in the 2018 Benchmark Litigation rankings are Bradley Hansmann and Phil Willman.

Mr. Hansmann represents corporate and insurance clients in personal injury lawsuits involving product liability and premises liability, as well as large fire and explosion cases. He has substantial experience handling maritime-related product liability matters. Clients also routinely seek out Mr. Hansmann for his extensive experience in the area of natural gas and propane gas explosion cases, having handled some of the largest gas explosion cases involving residential and commercial furnaces in Missouri.   

Mr. Willman is known for his health care liability defense work. He frequently defends physicians, medical schools, nurses, hospitals, nursing homes, psychologists and other healthcare providers in medical negligence and health care lawsuits and medical device manufacturers in medical device litigation. Benchmark Litigation noted that Mr. Willman is “well-liked," “ethical,” and has a “great knowledge of the medicine and trial tactics.”

Benchmark focuses exclusively on the U.S. litigation market, with a research team conducting extensive interviews across the country with leading litigators and clients. “State Litigation Stars” are attorneys who are recommended consistently as reputable and effective litigators by clients and peers. 

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