Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo

California

Review

Dispute resolution

Starting as a New England-centric shop, with roots in Boston stretching back more than 80 years, Mintz has since expanded both its geographic reach and its reputation considerably since that time. The firm has also grown its international footprint, with an office in London, as well as making a substantial push into California in 2003, with three offices in the state. “Mintz is definitely not just the firm that people in Boston are going to know,” insists one local peer. “In fact, although they’re definitely still a big name here, you’re more likely to see them in the big cases outside of Boston.”
       Arguably the most visible and auspicious acquisition to come from Mintz’s California expansion was its addition of Ralph Campillo, a Los Angeles-based national-level star in the mass tort and product liability space who joined from the now-defunct Sedgwick. “Ralph is based in California, but he is a nationally known trial lawyer,” testifies one peer. In one of many examples of Campillo’s prowess, he triumphed for Illinois Tool Works Food Equipment Group, who was sued by a meat department worker at a local supermarket, who suffered a catastrophic injury to her left arm while grinding meat using a Hobart meat mixer-grinder. The plaintiff alleged that her injuries were caused by known design defects with the machine’s operational safeguards. Additionally, the plaintiff alleged that the client was liable for punitive damages because it had prior knowledge of the alleged defects yet failed to recall, retrofit or warn customers of the known defects. At an October 2018 jury trial, a decision was rendered that both the market and plaintiff were ultimately responsible for this avoidable accident.