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Peter K. Renstrom

Partner

E peter@wfbm.com
T (415) 781-7072
| F (415) 391-6258

Overview

Peter Renstrom is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses his practice in the areas of product liability, toxic tort, premises and asbestos litigation matters. Peter has been practicing in complex civil litigation for over 25 years representing manufacturers, suppliers, premises owners and contractors. Along with deposing and cross-examining plaintiff medical and technical experts, Peter develops and defends defense experts and corporate witnesses in numerous cases. He also develops national and regional strategies for clients which run the gamut from trial to appellate work.

Peter is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated attorney who lectures regularly for several national defense and plaintiff organizations.

Prior to joining Walsworth, Peter was a founding partner in Jackson Jenkins Renstrom, LLP.

Representative Successes
  • Peter LaMonica, et al. v. Colgate-Palmolive Company – Secured a favorable resolution at end of the plaintiffs’ case-in-chief after two months of trial where the jury returned a $7 million verdict with no assignment of fault to the client. The plaintiff was a 72-year-old with mesothelioma with a wife of 50 years and a 7-figure economic damages claim with numerous low dose defendants at trial.
  • Bobbie and Helen Izell v. Union Carbide – Obtained a significantly reduced settlement by leveraging pre-trial motions to exclude plaintiff’s witnesses at opening statement. The plaintiff was an 85-year-old with mesothelioma with a wife of over 60 years with no economic damages going to verdict. The jury eventually returned a $30 million verdict against the remaining five defendants, which represented one of the largest plaintiff verdicts ever in the history of Los Angeles asbestos litigation.
  • John Brodeur v. Bowe Bell +Howell – Motion for nonsuit granted three weeks into trial in a case where the plaintiff claimed that he was injured through his work with an electronics equipment manufacturer.
  • Jack and Nadine Smith v. BNSF Railway Company – Secured a settlement for a significantly reduced amount during the plaintiff’s case in chief.
  • Anthony Chomo, et al. v. American Standard, Inc. – Secured a settlement in a living mesothelioma in the middle of voir dire for a significantly reduced settlement amount.
  • Robert and Joan Guptill, husband and wife, v. Bondex International, Inc. – Motion to dismiss granted after the plaintiff’s opening statement.
  • Marie Hutchinson v. Beazer East, Rowland Cox v. Beazer East – Secured a settlement on the third day of trial for a significantly reduced amount in two wrongful death consolidated cases.
  • Franz Losch, et al. v. A.W. Chesterton Company – Secured a settlement during voir dire for a very reduced settlement amount in a living mesothelioma case.
  • Frank and Mary Jo Meyers v. Bondex International, Inc. – Secured a settlement the night before opening statements for the lowest figure to date with this plaintiff’s firm in a living mesothelioma case.
  • Fernando Jauregui v. Valley Crest Tree Company – Obtained a defense verdict after a five-week jury trial after less than two hours of deliberations in a living mesothelioma case with a 27-year old plaintiff. Tried the case just six weeks before trial commenced, assembling the experts and defense strategy from scratch. The plaintiff’s demand during trial was in the eight figures.
  • Arlen Branscum v. Foster Wheeler – Obtained a defense verdict 17 minutes after jury began deliberating.
  • Clarence Cunningham v. Asbestos Defendants – Secured a settlement for a nominal amount five days into plaintiff’s case.
  • Brayton Group 70 – Obtained dismissals for six of the ten individual asbestosis cases during trial with the remaining four cases settling for significantly reduced amounts the night before closing arguments.
Industry Involvement
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
Beyond the Office

Whenever he can, Peter loves to scuba dive, especially wreck-diving. Peter is also a huge history buff who would one day love to scuba dive the wrecks of World War II vessels in the Southern Pacific.

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