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Ryan Nilsen Joins Lewis Brisbois’ San Diego Office

San Diego, California (October 19, 2017) – Lewis Brisbois is pleased to welcome Ryan Nilsen to its San Diego office as a partner in the Products Liability Practice.

Nilsen is a trial lawyer who routinely defends product manufacturers from litigation involving products ranging from motor vehicles to medical devices to pesticides to power tools. His litigation experience also includes serving as national trial counsel for a global provider of security services.

“Lewis Brisbois is delighted to announce Ryan Nilsen, a top-tier products liability and commercial litigator, has joined our San Diego office, from which he will administer his national practice for major clients,” said named partner and co-founder R. Gaylord Smith, speaking on behalf of Lewis Brisbois’ Management Committee. “Ryan comes to us from another leading products liability firm with extensive experience in one of our firm’s historic core areas of expertise. His engaging personality and energy are greatly welcomed.” 

Nilsen has handled litigation in 43 states and served as national coordinating counsel for fire-related incidents on behalf of an off-road vehicle manufacturer.

In addition to his trial work, Nilsen counsels manufacturers and provides strategic advice during product recalls, including advising manufacturers of their obligations under the Consumer Product Safety Act. Nilsen has also advised building products manufacturers during the recall of window-wall systems.

“I’m excited to join this best-in-class law firm. Lewis Brisbois’ position as a full-service legal powerhouse with an impressive nationwide reach makes it an excellent fit for my expanding practice," Nilsen said.

Nilsen lectures nationally on trial strategy, expert witness depositions and exclusion strategies, international recalls, and the legal risks of social media.

About Lewis Brisbois:

Established in 1979, Lewis Brisbois is a national, full-service law firm with more than 1,100 attorneys and offices in 42 cities and 26 states. Our national practice is sophisticated, multi-faceted, and well-versed in current legal trends, while our individual state practices provide vast resources and knowledge of procedural and legal nuances.

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