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Brigid M. Carpenter

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Nashville
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Brigid M. Carpenter, shareholder in the Nashville office, is a trial attorney whose practice includes products liability defense, catastrophic personal injury defense, and prosecution and defense of commercial disputes.

Featured Experience

Represented the world's largest manufacturer of store-brand over-the-counter drugs in all phenylpropanolamine (PPA) litigation in Tennessee.

Represented medical device manufacturers, automobile manufacturers, outdoor cooking products manufacturers, elevator manufacturers and automatic door manufacturers in products liability actions.
Obtained summary judgment in federal and state trial courts in products liability and negligent maintenance cases.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Carpenter has tried cases in federal and state courts throughout Tennessee and before administrative agencies of the State of Tennessee. She has also represented clients before the Tennessee Supreme Court, the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Recently, Ms. Carpenter was honored to serve on the faculty of the 42nd annual IADC Trial Academy at Stanford Law School in July 2014.

Representative Matters
  • Represented the world's largest manufacturer of store-brand over-the-counter drugs in all phenylpropanolamine (PPA) litigation in Tennessee.

  • Represented medical device manufacturers, automobile manufacturers, outdoor cooking products manufacturers, elevator manufacturers and automatic door manufacturers in products liability actions.
  • Obtained summary judgment in federal and state trial courts in products liability and negligent maintenance cases.
  • Won a jury trial in a federal forgery case on behalf of a home mortgage client after successfully excluding an opposing expert.
  • Obtained complete defense verdict in state court in a four-day trial against an insurance client. The case had been ongoing for six years and had been to the Tennessee Court of Appeals and back twice. (2016)
  • Received affirmance by the Tennessee Supreme Court of the trial court's summary judgment decision awarding commission to a real estate brokerage client.
  • Represented national retailers in both malicious prosecution and personal injury cases.
  • Represented health insurance companies and managed care organizations in complex commercial litigation.
  • Represented a fire extinguisher and fire systems service company involving a fire that occurred in a manufacturing facility located in Newport, TN. Plaintiffs asserted allegations of negligence, breach of contract, breach of warranty and other cases of action. The damages alleged by Plaintiffs were in excess $31.5 Million Dollars. (2016)
Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (Highest rating of 5.0)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Commercial Litigation (2013 – 2017), Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2012 – 2017) and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants (2017)
  • Listed in The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers (2016)
  • Listed in Mid-South Rising Stars (2008 – 2010)
  • Chosen as "The Best of the Bar," Nashville Business Journal (2013, 2014)
  • Member – American, Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations
  • Member – International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Faculty Member, 42nd Annual IADC Trial Academy (July – August 2014)
    • Drug, Device and Biotechnology Committee (Vice Chair of Membership, 2014 – 2015; Vice Chair of Newsletters, 2012 – 2014)
    • Product Liability Committee (Vice Chair of Communications, 2013 – 2015; Vice Chair of Membership, 2012 – 2013)
  • Member – Defense Research Institute
  • Hearing Committee Member, District V, Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee (Appointed March 2012)
  • Master of the Bench, Harry Phillips American Inn of Court (2013 – 2014)
Speaking Engagements
  • "Will the Proposed Amendments Bring the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure into the 21st Century?," IADC Midyear Meeting: Product Liability Committee (February, 2014)
  • "Will the Proposed Amendments Bring the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure into the 21st Century?," webinar (March, 2012)
  • "Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Clauses After AT&T v. Concepcion," CLE presentation (December, 2011)

Awards

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1996
    • Virginia Environmental Law Journal, Editorial Board Member
  • University of Tennessee, B.S. in Communications, 1992, summa cum laude

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S.  District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Tennessee, 1996

Brigid handled a matter very well and it was a screwball matter. There were very successful results. And she did a terrific job of keeping costs down. It was very good legal work in an odd situation. Cost is a big issue for us now and she was terrific on that. I believe she was very good on all the metrics I would look at. She gave good advice very quickly.

Senior Litigation Counsel for multinational automobile manufacturer

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