Products Liability

Ice Miller attorneys have been involved in the defense of products liability litigation since its emergence and have played a significant role in the development of this area of law on both a regional and national level. 

If you are currently engaged in a products liability lawsuit or believe you may be, Ice Miller's lawyers offer you broad and deep experience to help lead you through the lawsuit, whether it be resolved through mediation, arbitration, trial or otherwise.

Our lawyers have represented a wide range of manufacturers, distributers, retailers, and suppliers in many different industries, including automotive, drug and device, chemical, agricultural and construction equipment, consumer products, production machinery, and many others.  We also represent clients regularly in class actions, mass torts and multi-district litigation arising from product related claims.  Below is a listing of many of the products which we have defended over the years.  

Products Liability Services

Ice Miller lawyers invest, at their own expense, substantial time in learning our clients' businesses, organizational structures, histories, products and philosophies of management. Doing so has enabled our lawyers to develop a working "partnership" with our clients in all phases of risk management associated with products, from the design of the product to the resolution of claims or defending the product and the company in traditional litigation.

Ice Miller has represented defendants in hundreds of trials and appeals on all sorts of products and takes great pride in the results both at trial and on appeal.  However, we appreciate the emotional and economic cost that litigation can take on our clients' businesses and we work closely with them to achieve cost effective results.  To that end, we have been involved with clients in the oversight and management of claims, claims prevention, and a host of risk management issues, including indemnification, insurance coverage and review of technical literature and marketing materials. 

A Broad Range of Clients and Products

Ice Miller has represented manufacturers, distributers, retailers and suppliers in the following array of products:

Agricultural Equipment
Forage harvesters

Automobile air bags
Automobile restraint systems
Control panel microprocessors
Fire trucks
Tires and wheels

Coal tar pitch
Ethylene Oxide
Sulfur additives

Consumer Products
Beauty products
Butane lighters
Chairs and tables
Circular saws
Clock radios
Garage door openers
Hair products
Hand tools
Home water heaters
Lawn and garden equipment
Power tools
PTAC units
Riding lawn motors
Roofing shingles
Soft drinks
Space heaters
Tanning beds/devices
Water bed heaters
Water heaters

Construction Equipment
Aerial lifts
Digger derrick
Front-end loaders
Man lifts
Road maintenance equipment
Truck cabs and chassis

Cosmetic Products
Skin care
Hair color
Hair care products

Drugs and Devices
Blood factor concentrate
Brain stimulators
Breast implants
Chemical products
Drug infusion devices
Flu vaccine
Heart valves
Human tissue implants
Insulin pumps
Intraocular lenses
Medical devices
Medical machinery
Orthopedic joint implants
Pain medication pumps
Pelvic mesh implants
Penile implants
Pre-assembled surgical packs
Spinal cord stimulators
Surgical cautery machine
Surgical staplers

Floor standing fryers
Ice makers
Meat processing equipment

Industrial Equipment
Assembly lines
Batt packers
Dock leveler
Heat treatment furnaces
Metal strapping systems
Plastic extrusion systems
Pneumatic assembly tools
Pressure vessels
Push lock tugs
Tenter machines

Industrial Products
Industrial equipment safety
Steel beams
Steel decking
Telecommunication devices
Wire ropes and slings

Juvenile Products

Baby bottles
Baby strollers
Child safety seats


Bottles and containers
Corrugated Stainless Steel
     Tubing (CSST)
Plastic packaging
Two-way radios

Sports Equipment
Playground equipment


Our Lawyers

The product liability litigators at Ice Miller practice in a large number of state and federal courts as well as before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.   Our lawyers include Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers and members of PLAC (Product Liability Advisory Council).  They are ranked in Chambers USA and routinely listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Super Lawyer Rising Stars in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.  Our lawyers are members of the International Academy of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and local trial lawyer associations. 

The product liability litigators have also contributed to the development of this area of the law through multiple publications and speaking engagements.  

Representative Experience

  • Representation of an agricultural equipment manufacturer and distributer since the 1990's on a national basis in all types of product liability claims.
  • Won dismissal and summary judgment in a series of multi-million dollar claims against a blow-mold manufacturer by demonstrating that the products used appropriate design and by proving that the injuries were caused by poor use and faulty operation. Won summary judgment on behalf of a European manufacturer of a thread rolling machine, proving the soundness of the manufacturer’s dual start design mechanism, and proving that the injuries were caused by the user’s disabling of that mechanism.
  • Defended a consumer electronics company in litigation in Cook County, Illinois arising out of a fire in a home. The fire resulted in the death of the homeowner's four children.  After multiple expert depositions, we were able to obtain a settlement which was favorable to our client.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a trial arising from personal injuries the plaintiff received when using a power tool.  The Plaintiff claimed that a defect in the tool caused a malfunction during operation. Ice Miller was able to successfully cross examine his expert witness and demonstrate that the tool was designed properly; however, the plaintiff misused it. 
  • Obtained summary judgment in Franklin County, Ohio in favor of a supplier and installer of a chiller where the plaintiffs own conduct contributed to their injuries and plaintiffs failed to demonstrate any negligence on the part of the supplier and installer.
  • Represented the international manufacturer of a lathe in federal court in Ohio against claims asserted by a plaintiff who suffered a significant closed head injury.  After numerous fact and expert witness depositions revealed the plaintiff had not been properly trained on how to use the lathe, we were able to negotiate a favorable settlement for the manufacturer.
  • Conducted aggressive, early case investigation into identification of manufacturer of microprocessor in control panel of fire truck to determine client's product was not present, resulting in voluntary dismissal of client for no payment early in the proceedings.
  • Obtained summary judgment for manufacturer of medical device on federal preemption grounds in United States District Court, a ruling affirmed on plaintiffs' appeal to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Defended a car seat manufacturer being sued in multi-million dollar lawsuit by a plaintiff suffering paralysis resulting from an automobile accident. Ultimately enabled the client to settle for substantially less than the cost of defense.
  • Obtained defense verdict in trial in which plaintiff contended that a dock leveler on which he was performing maintenance suddenly and unexpectedly fell on him.  Through the use of effective cross examination we were able to demonstrate to the jury that the expert witness was not truthful in his opinions.
  • Defended a leading helicopter manufacturer in three separate wrongful death actions resulting from the crash of a medical evacuation helicopter.


Name Position Phone Email
Katherine D. Althoff Partner 317-236-5924
Adam Arceneaux Partner 317-236-2137
Jenny R. Buchheit Partner 317-236-2295
James Burns Senior Counsel 317-236-2332
John A. Camp Of Counsel 305-341-9055
Nicholas A. Casto Associate 312-726-8105
Angela M. Courtwright Of Counsel 614-462-1084
Amy K. Fisher Partner 317-236-5842
Laure Flaniken Staff Attorney 317-236-2329
Christina Laun Fugate Partner 317-236-2374
Jeremy M. Grayem Partner 614-462-2284
Audrey Hagedorn Associate 317-236-2168
Kevin R. Knight Partner 317-236-5828
Angela P. Krahulik Partner 317-236-5991
Chelsea R. Kurth Associate 317-236-2248
Mary Nold Larimore Partner 317-236-2407
Amanda Martinsek Partner 216-394-5089
Kimberly C. Metzger Partner 317-236-2296
Drew J. Miroff Partner 317-236-2267
Derek R. Molter Partner 317-236-2193
Bart T. Murphy Partner 630-955-6392
Judy S. Okenfuss Managing Partner 317-236-2115
James L. Petersen Partner 317-236-2308
Gregory W. Pottorff Associate 317-236-5963
Stephen E. Reynolds Partner 317-236-2391
Nancy Menard Riddle Senior Counsel 317-236-2189
Carolyn E. Riggs Associate 617-692-4027
Richard A. Smikle Partner 317-236-2400
Meghann C.T. Supino Associate 317-236-2107
Olga Voinarevich Associate 317-236-2347
Germaine Winnick Willett Senior Counsel 317-236-5993
Beth E. Barranger Paralegal 317-236-5933
Maria Flores Paralegal 312-726-2517
Carol B. Hibler Paralegal 317-236-2416
Wendy Joris Paralegal 317-236-2171
Emily K. Kennedy Paralegal 317-236-5940
Marilyn Mellen Kennedy Legal Nurse Consultant 317-236-2153
Marlena Woods Paralegal 317-236-5937
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