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Overview

Dwayne concentrates his practice in the areas of toxic tort, product liability and complex commercial litigation.

His defense of clients against allegations of personal injuries related to product and/or premise exposure includes:

  • Resolving hundreds of asbestos cases for a Fortune 500 company while keeping defense costs and settlements to a reasonable amount.
  • Obtaining the dismissal of all claims for a manufacturer and distributor of woodworking machines that was sued by a man who severed part of his hand.

Dwayne’s general litigation practice consists of defending a variety of Fortune 500 companies, including healthcare companies, in contract disputes and business torts in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He also has defended numerous clients in purported class actions and multiple-plaintiff claims of consumer fraud and unfair trade practices.


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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar
  • Propane Gas Defense Association
Experience
  • Resolved hundreds of asbestos cases in Madison County, Ill., for a Fortune 500 company while keeping defense costs and settlements to a reasonable amount.
  • Defended long-time client Hasko, a Tennessee manufacturer and distributor of woodworking machines, that was sued in U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey. Plaintiff severed part of his hand while using an industrial circular saw and demanded $10 million for his injuries. However, a few weeks after discovery began, established — through depositions, written discovery and produced documents — that Hasko had no liability in the case because it never distributed the specific saw at issue. This led the court to dismiss all claims against Hasko.
  • Resolved a case through dispositive motions and trial that reduced a $200 million claim to less than 2 percent of the claimed amount.
  • Defended a series of cases against a Fortune 500 company that directly attacked the client’s business model, including assisting a team that achieved favorable conclusion in first case at trial.