Toxic Tort, Product Liability, Commercial Litigation, Estate and Probate Planning and Litigation

Eric Bergstrom

925.300.3520
Fax: 925.300.3386
ebergstrom@lclaw.com

Of Counsel

Primary Areas of Legal Practice

Environmental Litigation, Products Liability and Toxic Tort

Professional Experience

Eric Bergstrom is a veteran trial attorney with over 20 years of litigation experience.  He is currently a lead trial attorney for major corporations in premises, personal injury and product liability actions in several state jurisdictions.  Mr. Bergstrom has eight defense verdicts to his credit in a variety of matters including the defense of manufacturers, contractors and premises owners in asbestos, product liability and personal injury matters. He has tried many other cases to various stages of completion in diverse jurisdictions, including San Francisco, Alameda, and Los Angeles, California, Madison County, Illinois, and Ramsey County, Minnesota.

Mr. Bergstrom is also a former U.S. Army “Green Beret” paratrooper and served as a weapons expert in the 10th and 12th Special Forces.  He was a Master Parachutist with over 100 military parachute jumps.

Past and Present Representative Clients

Dillingham Construction, Snap-On Tools, Century Manufacturing, Whitmire Research Labs, Eaton Corp., Navistar, Inc., Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation

Bar Admissions

  • California

Education

  • University of San Francisco, School of Law, J.D., 1986
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A. History 1983, Graduated with distinction


Trials to Verdict

  • Stoddard v. Ford Motor Co. (2012), Ramsey County Superior Court, Minnesota, Judge Lindman.  Plaintiff’s counsel Jerome Block and Amber Long of Levy, Phillips, New York, NY.  11-1 defense verdict for Ford after four-week trial in asbestos product liability (automotive brakes) personal injury (mesothelioma) action.
  • Stillman v. Eaton Corp. (2011), Alameda County Superior Court, Judge Tigar.  Plaintiff’s counsel Joseph Satterley and Justin Bosl, Kazan Law Firm, Oakland, CA.  Case resolved after jury deadlocked following twelve week asbestos product liability (heavy truck brakes) personal injury (mesothelioma) action.
  • Farag v. Ford (2010), Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge Dunn.  Plaintiff’s counsel Simona Farrise.  Case resolved after five-week asbestos product liability (automotive brakes, clutch and gaskets) personal injury (mesothelioma) action.
  • Williams v. Ford (2010), Madison County Superior Court, IL, Judge Crowder.  Plaintiff’s counsel Jon Ruckdeschel and Bart French of French & Mudd.  12-0 defense verdict after four-week trial in asbestos product liability (automotive brakes, clutch and gaskets) personal injury (mesothelioma) action.
  • Dillingham Construction v. Argonaut Constructors (2001), Sonoma County Superior Court, Judge Noel Owen. Dillingham Construction cross-complaint for indemnity.  Opposing counsel Dale Allen, Low, Ball & Lynch.  Judgment for Dillingham after two-day bench trial in breach of contract (indemnity) action arising from premises liability and construction defect (highway and bridge construction) personal injury and wrongful death actions.
  • Todd v. Dillingham Construction (1999), San Francisco County Superior Court, Judge Wick.  Plaintiff’s counsel Tim Hamilton of Brayton-Purcell, Novato, CA.  12-0 defense verdict for Dillingham after eight-week trial in asbestos premises liability (refinery) personal injury (mesothelioma) action.  Verdict for plaintiff over $2M against co-defendant.
  • Medeiros v. Century Mfg. and Snap On Tools (1999), Alameda County Superior Court, Judge Hodge.  Plaintiff’s counsel John Elstead, Pleasanton, CA.  12-0 defense verdict for Century Manufacturing and Snap-On Tools after six week trial in product liability (welder) personal injury (electrocution) action.  Verdict for plaintiff over $600k against co-defendant.
  • Spare v. Whitmire Research Laboratories (1995), Alameda County Superior Court, Judge Kawaichi. Plaintiff’s counsel Ron Barkin, Berkeley, CA.  12-0 defense verdict for Whitmire after seven-week trial in product liability (pesticide) personal injury (multiple chemical sensitivity) action.  Verdict for plaintiff for over $500k against co-defendant.

Trials Resolved Following Opening Statements

  • Lehr v. Ford Motor Co. (2012), Madison County Superior Court, Illinois, Judge Harrison.  Plaintiff’s counsel Christian Hartley and Nate Mudd of Maune, Raichle, Hartley, French & Mudd, St. Louis, MO.  Case resolved following opening statements after one-week trial in asbestos premises liability (Ford St. Louis assembly plant) personal injury (mesothelioma) action.
  • Roth v. Ford (2009), Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge Green. Plaintiffs’ counsel Steven Healy of Brayton-Purcell, Novato, CA.  Case resolved midway through plaintiffs’ case-in-chief after three-week trial in asbestos product liability (automotive brakes, clutch and gaskets) personal injury (lung cancer) action.
  • Haun v. ArvinMeritor, Inc. (2008), Alameda County Superior Court, Judge Burr.  Plaintiff’s counsel Phil Harley, Kazan, McClain, Oakland, CA.  Plaintiff accepted previously offered settlement one day before end of plaintiff’s case after six-week trial in asbestos product liability (heavy truck brakes) personal injury (mesothelioma) action.
  • Veterlaus v. Ford, General Motors (2007), Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge Kwan.  Plaintiff’s counsel Bruce Jackson, Keller, Fishback & Jackson, Los Angeles, CA.  Plaintiff accepted previously offered settlement by Ford and GM during cross-examination of plaintiff after one-week trial in asbestos product liability (automotive brakes and clutches) personal injury (asbestosis) action.
  • Bakkie v. RAM Auto Parts, Inc. (2006), San Francisco County Superior Court, Judge Dekreon.  Plaintiff’s counsel Gil Purcell, Brayton-Purcell, Novato, CA.  Case resolved after five-week trial in asbestos product liability (automotive parts) personal injury (mesothelioma) action.  Verdict for plaintiffs against remaining defendants over $18,000,000.
  • Armstrong v. Dillingham Construction (1998), San Francisco County Superior Court, Judge Ragan; Plaintiff’s counsel Phil Harley of Brayton-Purcell, Novato, CA.  Dismissal of Dillingham at close of plaintiff’s case after five-week trial in asbestos premises liability (refinery) personal injury (mesothelioma) action. Multi-million dollar verdict for plaintiff against remaining defendants.
  • Grahn v. Dillingham Construction (1997), San Francisco County Superior Court, Judge Williamson. Plaintiff’s counsel Gil Purcell of Brayton-Purcell, Novato, CA.  Motion for non-suit granted for Dillingham after five-week trial in asbestos premises liability (refinery) wrongful death (lung cancer) action.