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

Paul V. Lankford


925.300.3520, ext. 304
Fax: 925.300.3386
plankford@lclaw.com
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Primary Areas of Legal Practice

Commercial Litigation, Products Liability, Toxic Tort and Litigation Management

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Professional Experience

Mr. Lankford represents clients on both the local and national levels in all phases of commercial litigation, toxic tort litigation and products liability litigation.  In his career, he has provide counsel to a diverse group of industries, including aerospace, agricultural equipment, automotive, marine, petroleum, medical device, industrial and commercial construction, semiconductor manufacturing and diet product manufacturing and distribution.

He has successfully defended a wide array of product liability and toxic tort actions, including claims of fiber inhalation, chemical exposure, groundwater contamination, medical device defect, and automotive defect.  Mr. Lankford has extensive trial experience.

Mr. Lankford is national counsel for asbestos, silica and benzene litigation for Ford Motor Company and national expert coordinating asbestos counsel for Navistar, Inc.  He also serves as national counsel for asbestos litigation for General Motors Company.  In these roles, he manages and directs the defense of thousands of personal injury and wrongful death claims in numerous states.  In addition, he has held positions as national advisory counsel and national trial counsel for several other companies.  Prior to forming Lankford Crawford Moreno & Ostertag LLP, Paul Lankford served as a partner and Products Liability Department Co-Chair at Thelen Reid, a 600 attorney international Am Law 100 law firm.

Mr. Lankford has been selected by San Francisco Magazine as a “Northern California Super Lawyer.”

Past and Present Representative Clients

Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Navistar, Inc., Daimler, Shell Oil Company, Bechtel Corporation, Texaco Refining & Marketing, Inc., Chrysler Corporation, Dole Foods, AXT Inc., ADNC Inc., Olympus, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. and Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation.

Representative Matters

  • National counsel for Ford Motor Company for asbestos, benzene and silica litigation
  • National counsel for General Motors Company for asbestos litigation
  • National expert coordinating asbestos counsel and trial counsel for Navistar, Inc.
  • Lead trial counsel for Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company, Shell Oil Company, Bechtel Corporation and several other defendants in numerous asbestos litigation matters
  • Represented Bechtel Corporation as part of national counsel team defending thousands of personal injury and wrongful death cases involving exposure from asbestos
  • Represented Shell Oil Company as part of national counsel team defending thousands of personal injury and wrongful death cases involving exposure from asbestos
  • Represented semiconductor manufacturer in personal injury action alleging severe birth defects from in utero exposures to chemicals used in the manufacturing process
  • Represented product supplier in multidistrict litigation involving personal injury and wrongful death claims from consumption of diet product
  • Represented leading medical device manufacturer in claim of respiratory disease from alleged defective medical device
  • Represented contractor in action alleging respiratory disease from inhalation of fiberglass
  • Represented equipment manufacturer in claims of career ending injuries as a result of alleged defects in industrial construction equipment
  • Represented manufacturer in action alleging millions of dollars in crop damage from defective product
  • Represented property owner in action alleging contaminated groundwater from leaking underground fuel tanks
  • Represented manufacturer of semiconductor manufacturing equipment in personal injury action alleging exposure to chemicals from alleged defects in design of equipment

Education

  • University of San Francisco (J.D., 1995)
  • University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal Technical Editor, 1993-1994
  • University of California, Riverside (B.A., 1991)

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1995


Verdicts as Supervising National Counsel

  • Adams v. Ford Motor Co., 2009, Los Angeles County, Ca.
  • Farag v. Ford Motor Co., 2010, Los Angeles County, Ca.
  • Goebel v. Ford Motor Co., 2009, Los Angeles County, Ca.
  • Estate of Bobby Lee Herring, Sr. v. Ford Motor Co., 2010, Los Angeles County, Ca.
  • Holbrook v. General Motors Corp., 2006, Seattle, Wa.
  • Lemberger v. General Motors Corp., 2007, Milwaukee, Wi.
  • Morrison v. Ford Motor Co., 2011, Los Angeles County, Ca.
  • Petitpas v. Ford Motor Co., 2012, Los Angeles County, Ca.
  • Scott v. Ford Motor Co., 2012, Alameda County, Ca.
  • Steiner v. Ford Motor Co., et. al., 2011, Santa Barbara, Ca.
  • Stoddard v. Ford Motor Co., et al., 2012, St. Paul, Mn.
  • Russell v. Ford Motor Co., 2008, Los Angeles County, Ca.
  • Villalpando v. Ford Motor Co., 2007, Alameda County, Ca.