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Carl P. Gilmore

Special Projects Lawyer
Fax +1.206.623.7022

Mr. Gilmore’s principal area of practice is civil litigation, in both state and federal courts, with an emphasis on the defense of product liability and environmental claims.

His experience in product liability litigation spans more than three decades and has included matters involving medical implant devices, high-pressure valves and hoses, pallet jacks, forklifts, chip augers and conveyors, switches, saws, hydraulic brake systems, drills, high-rise scaffolding, chain hoists and electrical apparatus, as well as a wide variety of consumer products, such as motorcycles, playground and exercise equipment, automotive components, children’s products, and household goods. Mr. Gilmore assisted manufacturing clients in the review and preparation of instruction manuals, safety information and warnings. Representative clients have included Eaton Corporation, Harley-Davidson Inc., The Raymond Corporation, DePuy Inc., Newell Rubbermaid, Inc., and Microsoft Corporation. He assisted Microsoft in drafting the warnings and other safety information that accompany the Microsoft Natural Keyboard, as well as the advertising campaign announcing this product.

Aside from the trial defense of product liability claims and his assistance in preparing product literature, Mr. Gilmore conducted audits of product claims for companies acquiring entities defending product suits. He organized and administered a national counsel program to defend a company with similar claims in diverse jurisdictions. Mr. Gilmore also assists clients in new product development and strategic planning to minimize future product liability exposure. His book, Product Liability Litigation Counter-Measures, was published in Japan in September 1996. It provides a guide for Japanese business executives in understanding product liability law in the U.S. and Japan. It is co-authored by Hideyuki Kobayashi, Tsuyoshi Hara, and Yoji Maeda, who are lawyers with the Anderson and Mori firm in Tokyo. Mr. Gilmore has lectured in both the U.S. and Japan on product liability litigation.

Mr. Gilmore participated in a project for Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corp. which included product liability audits of each of Kaiser’s 19 North American plants together with the training of senior Kaiser executives in product liability prevention.

His defense of environmental claims has included defending large corporations in Montana state courts. Usually the cases involved many plaintiffs and most recently he defended a railroad in a case brought by 165 plaintiffs owning property adjacent to or near the railroad property.

Professional Background

In 2004 Mr. Gilmore was admitted to practice in Montana. He acts as national counsel in defending clients in a variety of environmental and personal liability claims in Montana.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Past President and Board Member, Foundation of the Federal Bar Association
  • Chair, Fellows of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association.