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The influence of courtrooms and legal counsel may seem distant while on a hunting ground, but manufacturers of hunting products require legal and professional support to get their supplies in the hands of outdoor enthusiasts. Clark Hill’s Hunting, Firearms, and Outdoor Products team understands the history and nuances of the hunting industry to enable clients to succeed in a competitive marketplace.

Through counseling these manufacturers in corporate and employment matters, defending them in product liability suits, and securing patents, and defending intellectual property rights, our attorneys understand the nuances of the hunting, firearms, and outdoor products industry, the consumer, and the competitive market.

Treestand & Hunting Products

Treestand and hunting product manufacturers began working with us many years ago as we started defending several treestand manufacturers in product liability lawsuits. This involvement helped us carve out a unique place within this market. We specialize in representing product manufacturers and retailers in hunting cases, particularly defending treestands. 

We work to protect the reputation of manufacturers and minimize the disruption that litigation can cause a business. We work with in-house attorneys, product designers, and engineers to develop defenses that take maximum advantage of any company’s research, development, and product knowledge. Because we work closely in long-term relationships with our clients, those clients are assured of having a defense in place and “ready to go” with attorneys capable of responding rapidly, no matter when or where the next lawsuit may be filed.

In addition to helping our clients defend their products, instructions, warnings, and marketing material against well-connected claimant attorneys, we also help develop instructions, warnings, and marketing material to help prevent future claims. We have assisted in implementing stronger industry standards, guidelines, and warnings, and have helped to develop a universal instruction video used throughout the industry.  Our clients find our experience and advice helpful in defending and avoiding litigation. Sometimes, the most important advice an attorney provides is the counsel that avoids, or reduces the likelihood, of another case or even a whole class of cases. We understand that the best defense begins well before an accident has ever occurred. We know the industry, the experts, the people involved, and the issues likely to arise in hunting cases.

Firearms & Tactical Products

By working in the hunting industry for more than a decade, our team consults with manufacturers and distributors of a wide variety of firearm and tactical products to protect the well-earned reputations of our clients. Our team works closely in partnering relationships with our clients to help them reduce the potential for injuries and exposure in a cost-effective manner. We pride ourselves in developing long-term relationships with our clients that help foster the continued growth of the client.

National Counsel

While serving as national counsel for prominent manufacturers, retailers, and the Treestand Manufacturers’ Association (“TMA”), we have developed a niche in defending these cases. We are currently handling treestand and other hunting product claims throughout the United States in both state and federal courts. Our attorneys have spoken upon request by the TMA board of directors at fully attended association meetings, and have consulted on numerous legal issues. We are routinely consulted over the promulgation of new standards within the industry. We have worked closely with the industry to ensure compliance with governmental standards, and have helped to review, coordinate and implement the nationally used Bowhunter Education Instruction Video that is currently being shipped with the vast majority of treestand products. Additionally, most of our staffing attorneys are active hunters and are familiar with the use of the products as consumers.

We guide our clients through the complexities of the litigation process, whether that’s before an administrative agency, in an isolated tort claim, or throughout a complex series of regionally or nationally coordinated cases or class actions. We regularly review, coordinate, and defend product-related hunting accident cases throughout the country. With a nationwide practice and a well-developed local counsel network, we are uniquely positioned to defend any product in any state and federal court throughout the country. Our national counsel program was specifically designed for defending difficult product liability cases where claimants’ counsel are connected and prepared. Our attorneys have developed coordinated strategies and consistent defenses for our national clients, regardless of the venue involved. Our program helps to reduce defense costs and eliminate inconsistency by employing nationally recognized experts and coordinating discovery. Efficient partnering with our network of local counsel allows us to focus on scientific and technical defenses as well as over-arching legal issues, thereby producing economies of scale and even greater value for our clients. By avoiding the need to “reinvent the wheel” in every new case, our clients benefit from reduced costs without sacrificing quality, consistency, or an aggressive defense.

Our attorneys have earned their national reputations in the product liability field. They speak frequently before bar associations, manufacturers trade associations, and serve as members of the Product Liability Advisory Council.