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Overview

Dwayne embraces the variety of challenges involved in litigating toxic tort, product liability and personal injury matters.

Dwayne concentrates his litigation practice in the areas of toxic tort and asbestos defense, product liability and complex commercial litigation. He also defends clients nationwide against allegations of personal injury related to the distribution of propane gas. With no two days alike, Dwayne welcomes the challenges of addressing the array of circumstances clients face and enjoys working closely with clients to resolve those matters.

In addition, Dwayne functions as quasi-general counsel for clients, acting as point of contact for companies when issues arise and helping educate clients to avoid potential liability.


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Education

  • J.D., Rutgers University School of Law-Camden
    • with honors
    • Rutgers Law Journal, State Constitutional Law Editor
  • B.S., Evangel University
    • summa cum laude
    • Political Science and Psychology

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Propane Gas Defense Association
Experience
  • Resolved hundreds of asbestos cases in Madison County, Illinois, for Fortune 500 company while keeping defense costs and settlements to reasonable amount.
  • Defended Hasko, a Tennessee manufacturer and distributor of woodworking machines, against plaintiff who demanded $10 million for injuries suffered while using industrial circular saw. Depositions, written discovery and produced documents established that Hasko had no liability because it never distributed the saw at issue, and court dismissed all claims against Hasko.
  • Resolved commercial contract dispute through dispositive motions and trial that reduced $200 million claim to less than 2 percent of claimed amount.
  • Defended series of cases against Fortune 500 company that directly attacked client's business model, including assisting team that achieved favorable conclusion in first case at trial.
Outside the Office

Dwayne enjoys traveling to new destinations with his wife and daughters.

Dwayne rarely vacations in the same place twice. He and his family prefer experiencing new adventures and locations in the United States and the Caribbean. Most recently, they explored Puerto Rico and cruised to the surrounding islands.

  • More Than Carpentry Christian Ministries, Board of Directors, 2006-present
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