Practice Areas

Toxic Tort litigation

Asbestos Litigation

For over 25 years, Hassard Bonnington has represented numerous clients in complex toxic tort litigation. The firm began representing prominent asbestos defendants, including Pittsburgh Corning Corp., as early as 1982. Hassard Bonnington was one of three Northern California firms that represented over 30 corporations as part of the Asbestos Claims Facility during its existence in the 1980s. The firm continues to represent national manufacturers as regional trial counsel and its partners have successfully tried numerous asbestos exposure cases to verdict in California, Texas, Washington, Colorado and other western states. Our innovative law & motion and strategic trial practice have resulted in dismissals and favorable rulings through all phases of litigation involving personal injury and wrongful death actions. Hassard Bonnington currently represents a diverse group of multi-national manufacturers, contractors, suppliers and premises owners in asbestos exposure cases throughout California.

Latex Glove Litigation

Hassard Bonnington has represented clients in the latex glove litigation since 1997 in both state and federal court actions. The firm has served as regional counsel in that litigation for California and other western states.

Silica Litigation

Hassard Bonnington represented a former manufacturer of respiratory equipment in the silica litigation. These cases generally involved plaintiffs who alleged that a defect in the respiratory equipment caused them to be exposed to excessive amounts of silica and to develop silicosis.

DBCP Litigation

Hassard Bonnington was involved for several years in the defense of litigation involving DBCP, a type of pesticide. Several years into the production and distribution of DBCP, it was discovered that many employees of the manufacturer were sterile. In addition to the manufacturer's employees, several hundred plaintiffs filed claims based on their exposure to DBCP contaminated ground water. The firm participated in the coordinated defense of that litigation for several years.