Today’s manufacturers are up against a range of obstacles that threaten their bottom line. Dependence on consumer spending, automation concerns and a volatile political landscape are just a few of the issues facing today’s manufacturers and distributors. Meanwhile, demand for well-built products is increasing worldwide. To maintain their share of the market, companies need to tackle day-to-day challenges and at the same time become more agile and efficient to meet demand.
Husch Blackwell’s Manufacturing team has the expertise you need. With more than 100 multidisciplinary lawyers focused on issues specific to manufacturing and distribution, we have real-world knowledge and insight into your business challenges. Because we understand your industry, we move quickly to develop effective solutions that help you meet – and exceed – your business objectives.
Husch Blackwell is positioned to play a major role in the 3D printing industry. Our litigation and business attorneys have a wide range of experience and provide counsel on issues that companies in the additive manufacturing field may encounter in the following areas:
The cost of raw material, increased foreign competition and a host of compliance issues keep automotive manufacturers on their toes. But despite its challenges, the industry is experiencing a period of growth that opens the door to new opportunities.
Husch Blackwell’s Automotive team includes attorneys who have dedicated their practices to the automotive manufacturing industry. From product liability litigation and product recalls to intellectual property prosecution and defense – we understand your industry and draw upon real-world experience to develop powerful, effective solutions that drive your business forward.
Our experience in the automotive manufacturing industry includes the following areas:
Today’s chemical manufacturing businesses are under tremendous pressure. Political and economic uncertainty, rising energy costs, changing government regulations, increasing competition, and the responsibility to be a good corporate citizen present challenges for the industry. Chemical manufacturers must stay ahead of industry trends and implement best practices or risk losing their share of the competitive market.
Husch Blackwell’s Chemical Manufacturing team has the knowledge and experience you need. Because we understand your industry, we understand your challenges and can create effective solutions that keep your business moving forward.
Our experience includes:
Consumer product companies strive to increase profits, expand market share and improve customer satisfaction. Yet domestic and international government regulations, customer demands and perpetual product recalls can make it difficult to achieve these objectives.
Husch Blackwell’s Consumer Products team has the industry knowledge and experience to help you overcome obstacles and develop creative, effective solutions to confront your everyday issues:
As advocates on behalf of our clients, we work with public agencies such as the CPSC and Health Canada. Our work often addresses state, federal and international regulations, as well as industry and consensus standards such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
We have experience handling consumer safety issues involving the following products:
In the fast-moving fashion industry, companies often face legal challenges that impact products, business operations and profitability. Whether you’re a designer, manufacturer, importer, distributor or retailer, you need attorneys who understand your industry.
Husch Blackwell knows that clients in the fashion industry require representation across a wide range of legal disciplines. Our Fashion & Apparel team draws on the firm’s resources to address intellectual property, commercial transactions, import/export, advertising and sweepstakes, environmental, labor and employment, litigation, products liability, tax, and evolving Internet and e-commerce issues.
Industrial automation manufacturers succeed when they make better products more quickly and efficiently than their competitors. Accomplishing this while producing minimal waste is an added bonus.
Our attorneys have successfully represented industrial automation manufacturers in litigation and transactions involving the following products:
Our work with industrial automation manufacturers includes a wide range of matters:
Metal manufacturers confront challenges of automation, regulatory and environmental issues, conflict minerals and more. Despite these obstacles, the demand for metal products is strong, and manufacturers must follow a solid business model or risk falling behind.
Our attorneys can help you overcome challenges and capitalize on new opportunities. Because we have real-world experience in the metal manufacturing business, we can quickly develop strategies and solutions that make your business stronger.
We represent metal manufacturers in the following areas:
Manufacturers of concrete, fiberglass, rock, wool, and other mineral products deal with all of the “typical” challenges that plague the manufacturing industry. But these manufacturers also need to be prepared for certain unique issues, including asbestos claims, product liability allegations and complex, multiparty economic damages.
Because our attorneys have firsthand experience in the mineral products industry, we can help you address matters that affect your business model and strategic objectives.
We represent mineral product manufacturers in a range of areas including:
Paint and coating manufacturers have an extraordinary number of challenges on their radar. Hazardous waste, chemical spills, stormwater contamination, air emissions and orphan waste – the list never seems to end.
Husch Blackwell has the expertise you need to overcome these obstacles and help your business succeed. We have a comprehensive understanding of your industry, in part because of our experience as national asbestos litigation coordinating counsel for a large global paint and coating company.
The success of the petrochemicals industry depends on overcoming a myriad of challenges, including an ever-growing list of environmental and toxic tort requirements.
Attorneys in our Petrochemicals group are focused on issues specific to the industry. We serve as regional trial counsel for a number of national and international petrochemical manufacturers and have been selected to lead joint defense groups in toxic tort litigation involving some of the industry's largest companies.
We counsel petrochemical clients in matters involving:
Companies in the plastics and rubber products industry face numerous challenges, from allegations of hazardous waste and chemical spills to product liability claims.
Because our attorneys are immersed in your industry, you can rely on us to cultivate efficient, effective solutions to overcome everyday obstacles so you can focus on exceeding customer expectations.
Husch Blackwell attorneys have experience representing some of the industry’s largest companies in a wide range of matters:
With consumer sales driving the U.S. economy, the retail industry is a barometer of the nation’s financial health. Companies in the retail and fashion industries often face legal challenges that impact products, business operations and profitability. Whether you’re a manufacturer, importer, distributor or retailer, you need attorneys who understand your industry.
Husch Blackwell attorneys have deep knowledge of the retail and fashion industries. We focus on issues that challenge these industries and find practical and innovative solutions to help our clients succeed.
Specialty chemicals are in high demand. Despite increasing costs of raw material and the looming threat of environmental and toxic exposure claims, the industry is making extraordinary advances.
Husch Blackwell has represented specialty chemical manufacturers for over 20 years. Several attorneys on our team formerly worked in house at specialty chemical companies, lending to our deep understanding of the industry.
We have acted as lead trial counsel for an agricultural chemical manufacturer in patent infringement cases involving plant biotechnology, securing numerous favorable jury verdicts. Once affirmed on appeal, these victories resulted in new law in the areas of antitrust, patent damages and methodologies, patent licensing, and patent misuse.
Our specialty chemical attorneys provide compliance counseling, permitting and enforcement representation in substantive environmental, safety and health matters including:
Our work with specialty chemicals manufacturers includes:
To sustain growth opportunities and remain competitive, wood and paper manufacturers must adapt to declining product demand, increasing environmental regulations and a constantly changing economic landscape.
Husch Blackwell attorneys understand the many challenges that wood and paper businesses face. Because we know your industry, we provide strategic insight and effective solutions to help you concentrate on what you do best – manufacturing products used by consumers worldwide.
We counsel clients in a range of matters involving: