Attorney Rick Braun

Rick Braun

rick.braun@ceflawyers.com
P: 248-351-7162
F: 248-351-7163
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Rick has practiced nationally in asbestos litigation throughout his career. A shareholder in the Asbestos and Toxic Tort practice group, Rick defends premises owners, non-manufacturing suppliers, and manufacturers of industrial equipment, friction products, and electrical components. He is also experienced in product liability, including the defense of manufacturers of tires, automotive components, lawnmowers, forestry equipment, skid-steer loaders, and pharmaceuticals.

Rick is responsible for the development of expert witnesses in various disciplines including industrial hygiene, medical causation, and scientific areas. He also coordinates discovery for all jurisdictions, and trains local counsel in various jurisdictions on technical aspects of clients’ product lines, legal defenses, and strategies for effective depositions. He defends clients in Michigan through discovery, negotiation, and trial.

Rick attended the Harvard Negotiation Institute at Harvard Law School, a university consortium dedicated to developing the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution. The coursework included negotiation case studies and mock negotiations. This work provided a theoretical framework for legal and business negotiation. It also addressed practical challenges, like complex negotiations with multiple parties and difficult people and behaviors.

Rick is a registered lobbyist agent with the State of Michigan. He has advocated for clients at the Michigan Legislature and engaged in pro bono lobbying activities at the state and federal levels.


AREAS OF PRACTICE

Asbestos/Toxic Tort
Product Liability


EDUCATION

Michigan State University
(J.D. cum laude, 1999)

Michigan State University
(B.A. with honors, 1996)


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Admitted Pro Hac Vice in New York, Ohio, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Missouri


 ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS

Best Lawyers of America®
—-– Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
—–  (2018-2019)

2016 OCBA Frances R. Avadenka Memorial Award

Super Lawyers™
—-– Rising Star (2012-2014)

DBusiness® Top Lawyer
—-– Product Liability (2012-2013)

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated
(5.0 out of 5.0)


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Defense Research Institute
—-– Asbestos Medicine Conference (Marketing Committee; DRI For Life Committee Liaison)
—-– Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee (Asbestos Subcommittee; Climate Change Subcommittee)
Oakland County Bar Association
—-– Energy, Sustainability, and Environmental Law Committee (Chair 2016-2017; Vice Chair 2015-2016)
State Bar of Michigan
—-– Special Committee on Civil Discovery Court Rules (Scope and Course of Discovery Subcommittee)
American Lung Association of Midland States
—-– Board of Directors, July 1, 2015 through July 1, 2018
City of Rochester Hills Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
—-– Member, 3-year term beginning November 13, 2016
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance


SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Rick will be presenting at the upcoming National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI) Annual Conference in September of 2018. The presentation will be titled Coming Soon to a Drinking Water Source Near You:  EPA Regulation of Perchlorate.

Environmental and Emerging Claim Manager Association (EECMA), Annual Conference, co-presenter, WARNING: This Subject Contains a Discussion of Chemicals Known to Cause Cancer – Proposition 65 and Labeling Laws: Who Actually Benefits In the Age of Over-Warning? (April 2018)

Testified before Michigan House of Representatives Competitiveness Committee on House Bill 5456 related to Bankruptcy Trust Disclosures (January 2018)

Defense Research Institute (DRI), Asbestos Medicine Seminar, co-panelist, Young Lawyers Breakout, “Take Home” 101  (November 2017)

Environmental and Emerging Claim Manager Association (EECMA), Annual Conference, co-presenter, Homeward Bound: The Rise of Household Exposure Claims in Asbestos Litigation (April 2017)

Oakland County Bar Association, co-presenter, OCBA-U, Environmental Law (October 2016)

National Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI), Annual Conference, co-presenter, Take-Home Asbestos Cases:  The Exposure Defense (September 2016)

Rick has been a guest speaker on legal issues for entrepreneurs in the business school at Oakland University. He has also spoken on the topic of depositions in an Advanced Legal Proceeding course at Macomb County Community College.


PUBLICATIONS

Coming Soon to a Drinking Water Source Near You: EPA Action on PerchloratePublished in DRI Toxic Tort Newsletter, Vol. 21 Issue 2 (2018)

Take-Home Asbestos Cases: Handling the Depositions and Establishing Your Client’s Exposure DefensePublished in DRI Toxic Tort Newsletter, Vol. 19 Issue 1 (2016)

2014 Surgeon General Report on Smoking Links Tobacco Use to Colon CancerCEF Lawyers (December 9, 2014)

Garlock’s Asbestos Liability and the Problem of Bankruptcy Claim Form Discovery, CEF Lawyers (March 28, 2014)

 


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Rick served as the Chairman of the Regional Leadership Council for the American Lung Association of Midland States from 2010 to 2013.  He is still an active member of the Council and serves as the Chairman of the Nominating Committee.  He has served on the Board of the Lung Association’s premier fundraising event, The Fight for Air Climb, since 2007.  In 2009, Rick was a featured speaker at the Lung Association’s annual black-tie fundraiser. In 2015 he was named to the Lung Association’s Michigan Rapid Response Team for issues related to the Lung Association’s mission.


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