Joseph S. Pevsner

Joseph S. Pevsner

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
    214.969.1262
    214.969.1751
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Joseph Pevsner focuses his practice on products liability, toxic torts and asbestos, business litigation, malpractice, and construction cases before state and federal trial and appellate courts.

His expertise encompasses defense of various businesses and products, complex litigation, breach of contract, and business tort cases.

Joseph has tried wrongful death, catastrophic personal injuries, business litigation, and other cases before judges and juries and has resolved more than 10,000 claims and cases in more than 30 years of service to clients.

Experience

Toxic Tort/Asbestos

  • Trial counsel in Madison County, Illinois for a Fortune 500 company against nationally prominent plaintiff's lawyers; Mr. Pevsner's opening statement was quoted in Bloomberg Financial News reports

  • Defended two Fortune 100 clients in a state court wrongful death asbestos trial and secured a defense verdict after challenging five out of the plaintiff's six trial experts

  • Secured a defense verdict for a Dow Jones Industrial Average company in a month-long jury trial in rural Orange, Texas involving asbestos claims by two deceased and four living plaintiffs

Products Liability

  • In two month-long trials, defended a Fortune 100 national manufacturer of seat belts against claims that paraplegia resulted after ejection from a vehicle

  • Represented major manufacturers and retailers/distributors of products in resolving more than 10,000 product liability and negligence claims

  • Secured a defense verdict in a U.S. District Court jury trial involving loss of fingers in a manufacturing equipment accident

  • Secured a dismissal for a component part manufacturer in claims involving a bus accident resulting in a claimant crushed between two buses

  • Secured a dismissal based on summary judgment motions for an automotive component part manufacturer in two U.S. District Court cases involving serious injury or death

  • Obtained summary judgment for a product manufacturer in state court based on statute of repose against claims involving partial hand amputation

  • Defended a national manufacturer of electrical equipment against claims of electrocution and burn injuries

  • Secured a dismissal of case on basis of jurisdiction for a product manufacturer and retailer against claims of serious burn injuries to a child and defended the case on two appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court

  • Secured a defense verdict in a Texas state court jury trial against claims of loss of an eye allegedly caused by the client's industrial product

  • Represented a manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride pipe against claims that leakage of natural gas caused an explosion in the plaintiffs' home

  • Represented national manufacturer of heavy machinery in wrongful death cases

Business Litigation

  • Secured a defense verdict in jury trial in U.S. District Court for a nationally-ranked company against claims of theft of trade secrets and alleged breach of confidentiality agreements

  • Represented clients in business litigation involving breach of contract, business torts, and other claims

  • Represented a valve manufacturer in an international dispute involving alleged breach of contract in Germany

  • Represented a software manufacturing company in claims involving alleged defects in its computer software

  • Represented an animal feed manufacturer against a Fortune 500 company for breach of warranty and consequential damages for supplying an ingredient outside the client's specifications

Construction Litigation

  • Defended general contractors and sub-contractors against claims involving death or personal injury

  • Defended a company involved in a multimillion-dollar renovation of a large apartment complex

  • Represented a company involved in construction with allegedly defective construction of a high-rise building

  • Represented an international construction company in state court in East Texas against a wrongful death claim arising out of a job site accident

Insurance

  • Defended Texas-based and Hartford-based insurance companies in several jury trials in Texas state courts on liability and coverage claims

  • Represented a steel manufacturer in U.S. District Court involving a $21 million business interruption insurance claim

Prior Experience

  • News Writer, Reporter, KRLD Newsradio, Dallas, Texas, 1979
  • News Director, Reporter, News Anchor, KQIP FM Radio, Odessa, Texas, 1978

Distinctions/Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Product Liability Litigation-Defendants); 2009-2018

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Personal Injury Defense: Products, Business Litigation, Construction Litigation); 2003, 2010-2017

  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Tort Product & Medical Liability Litigation: Defense), D Magazine; 2016

  • "Local Litigation Star," Benchmark: Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys; 2014-2016

  • A.M. Best Company's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, National Trial Team for a Fortune 100 company; trying cases for the company in various locations across the U.S.

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

  • Member, American Bar Association; Litigation Section; Tort Section; Insurance Practice Section

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association

  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel

  • Member, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, a national organization of recommended defense counsel

  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation

  • Keeton Fellow, University of Texas School of Law