Overview

Brent Anderson has a national trial practice, defending multimillion dollar catastrophic injury cases, with a focus on product liability and trucking matters.  He has tried cases in 13 different states, and litigated matters from Alaska to Florida, and Maine to California. 

Brent’s experience in effectively presenting complex and technical information at trial runs the gamut from fire science and electrical engineering principles to multi-vehicle accident reconstructions.  Such skills have allowed him to act successfully as national trial counsel for a number of different product manufacturers, winning cases as diverse as an asbestos trial in Philadelphia, a quadruple-death case in Kansas, and a consumer product trial in Las Vegas. 

In addition, Brent is a frequent author and lecturer on Daubert matters, and has a strong record of excluding opposing experts.

Experience

Product Liability Litigation

  • Won a multi-week jury trial for a product manufacturer in Kansas wherein it was alleged that the client’s product started a fire that lead to the deaths of three children and a handicapped adult.
  • Won a multi-week asbestos trial in Philadelphia after being brought in to try the case less than two months before trial.
  • Represented a product manufacturer in a trial brought by the widow of a firefighter who was electrocuted while responding to a fire scene.
  • Obtained a directed verdict in a product liability suit in Oregon.
  • Won a defense verdict in Texas in a triple-death case where a custom engineered piece of tooling failed, dropping three workers to their death in the river below.
  • Successfully defended product manufacturer in Colorado by striking all of its fire experts and winning summary judgment.  The order was affirmed on appeal by the Tenth Circuit, and the standards for proper fire investigation were ultimately incorporated into NFPA 921.
  • Successfully represented truck manufacturer at trial in Colorado federal court where the jury was out a mere 17 minutes before returning a full defense verdict.
  • Represented product importer in wrongful death case in Kentucky at trial that settled very favorably after the cross of the plaintiffs’ key witness.
  • Successfully defended product manufacturer in a property damage trial in Las Vegas.

Personal Injury Litigation

  • Defended a driver in Texas where the plaintiff, a surgeon claiming he’d never work again, was awarded 1% of what was offered in settlement and less than .01% of what the jury was asked to award.
  • Represented a truck driver in a wrongful death bike/truck accident in San Francisco.
  • Represented a shipper in a wrongful death trial in Missouri.
  • Represented a truck driver in a traumatic amputation motorcycle/truck accident trial in Las Vegas where the plaintiff was awarded nothing for pain and suffering.
  • National coordinating counsel for a series of cases arising out of sexual molestation by a counselor at a summer camp over a nearly decade long period.

Fraud Litigation

  • Successfully defended auto dealership in fraud case in Colorado.

Publications

  • The Daubert Compendium, The DRI Defense Library Series, 2002, 2004, 2006
  • Learning the Science Behind Product Liability Law, Inside the Minds–Leading Product Liability Lawyers, 2003
  • Is Your Business Prepared to Face Natural Disaster, The Boulder County Business Report, May 31, 2002
  • Expert Witnesses and Insurance Coverage Litigation, Journal of Insurance Coverage, Vol. 3, No. 4, Autumn, 2000
  • Farmers Truck Ins. Exchange v. MagneTek, 306 F.3d 1206, 10th Cir., 2004
  • Pee v. American Family, No. 00-1323, 2001 U.S. App. LEXIS 15354, 10th Cir. July 3, 2001

Presentations

  • Introduction to Daubert/Shreck, Colorado Bar Association
  • MagneTek: What Happened, and Why?, IAAI Annual Meeting and Training Conference, May 1, 2006 - May 5, 2006
  • Introduction to Daubert/Shreck, Colorado Bar Association
  • How to Make a Strong 702 Motion, Colorado Bar Association
  • Case Law and Legislative Update, 4th Annual Litigation Institute, October 1, 2004 - October 2, 2004
  • Torts Update: Case Law and Legislative Update
  • Case Law and Legislative Update, 3rd Annual Litigation Institute
  • Moving Forward in the Post 9-11 World

Professional Affiliations

Colorado Bar Association
State Bar of Nevada
State Bar of Texas
American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Section
Defense Research Institute, Daubert Editorial Board Member, Chair of "Fit" Committee
National Fire Protection Association
Denver Bar Association

Community Involvement

Junior Achievement of Colorado, 2000 - 2008
Teacher and Member, Rainmakers Committee Colorado State Banking Commission, Board of Directors, 2004 - 2007

Past Employment

Freeborn and Peters, Associate
Fulbright and Jaworski, L.L.P., Associate
Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P., Partner

Education
  • University of London, London, England
    • LL.M. - 1994
    • Major: Insurance and International Trade
  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1993
    • Honor: With Honors
  • Duke University
    • B.A. - 1990
    • Major: Economics and Political Science
Bar Admission
  • Colorado, 1993
  • Nevada
  • Texas
Court Admission
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Colorado
  • Supreme Court of Texas
Honors and Awards

Colorado SuperLawyers, 2006 - 2017
Martindale-Hubbell, Distinguished, 2017

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