Steven W. Quattlebaum

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Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow

111 Center Street
Suite 1900
Little Rock, AR 72201
501-379-1707(direct)

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Managing Member 

Business Litigation, Complex Commercial Litigation, Products Liability Litigation, Toxic Tort Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Employment Litigation, Intellectual Property

Mr. Quattlebaum is a founding member of Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC, in Little Rock.  His primary areas of practice are complex business, toxic tort, and products liability litigation.  Mr. Quattlebaum has served as lead trial counsel in over 100 trials, including numerous toxic tort, products liability, breach of contract, intellectual property, environmental litigation, securities fraud, franchise disputes, trade secrets, personal injuries, and commercial matters.  He has also represented clients before alternative dispute resolution bodies such as the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.  Some of Mr. Quattlebaum's corporate clients include chemical, pharmaceutical, and automobile manufacturers, wood treatment companies, investment banking institutions, energy companies, major retailers, and timber companies. 

Mr. Quattlebaum was recently selected as a member of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America for the fourth year.  He has been named one of the leading business litigation lawyers in Arkansas by Chambers USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2003 and Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2006.  Mr. Quattlebaum has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2001 and is currently recognized in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs, and was named Best Lawyers’ 2013 Little Rock Bet-the-Company Litigation  Lawyer of the Year.  He is also recognized as a Local Litigation Star for Arkansas in Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Plaintiff, named one of the top 50 lawyers in Arkansas by Mid-South Super Lawyers, and listed by Who’s Who Legal in the areas of Environmental, Commercial Litigation, and Products Liability Defense.     

Some of the cases in which Mr. Quattlebaum has been involved in recent years include:

Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation

  • Lead trial counsel in defense of a poultry manufacturer against claims that an additive to poultry feed contained arsenic which caused childhood leukemia. 

  • Lead trial counsel in defense of a wood treatment facility against claims brought by several hundred nearby residents claiming damages for personal injuries, property damage, groundwater contamination, and real estate stigma.

  • Trial counsel in defense of a major manufacturer in a personal injury and property damage action brought by 374 residents living near an aluminum recycling plant, who claimed damages for personal injury, medical monitoring, and property damage.

  • The defense of a fertilizer repackaging company in individual, mass tort, and class actions brought by residents of a community claiming damages from exposure to smoke and chemicals generated by an explosion at the fertilizer repackaging facility. 

  • Lead trial and appellate counsel in defense of Uniroyal Chemical Ltd. in the Superfund litigation brought by the United States to recover the costs resulting from remediation of the Vertac Chemical Company site.  This litigation has been ongoing since 1980 and has involved several trials and appeals. 

Business Litigation

  • The representation of individuals and corporations in a wide variety of business litigation matters, including cases involving allegations of fraud, breach of contract, deceptive trade practices, franchise act violations, and intentional torts, such as malicious prosecution and abuse of process. 

  • The defense of numerous cases in which class action status has been sought in consumer actions, mass tort actions, business claims, and securities litigation. 

Products Liability

  • Lead trial counsel in defense of manufacturers of welding consumables in numerous actions involving claims of neurological injury from exposure to welding fumes.

  • The defense of a major herbicide manufacturer in an action involving claims of personal injury and crop damage resulting from allegedly excessive drift propensity of a herbicide.

  • The defense of automobile manufacturers in actions involving claims of defective airbags and seatbelts and other matters 

  • The defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in actions involving the efficacy of certain drugs, such as hormone replacement therapy drugs, pain medication, herbal supplements, asthma therapy drugs, and diet drugs, and products such as back screws, breast implants, and latex gloves.

  • The defense of numerous consumer and industrial equipment manufacturers and suppliers in cases involving traumatic injuries. 

Intellectual Property

  • The defense of a national cellular service provider in a patent infringement claim regarding cellular transmission technology.

  • The defense of an international manufacturer of electronics in a patent infringement claim regarding video technology.

  • The defense of a manufacturer of cutting and shaving devices in a patent infringement claim regarding edge development technology.

Other

  • The representation of individuals who have sustained personal injury or business damages, with several verdicts and settlements exceeding $1 million.

  • Trial counsel for an individual and his business in an action against an international insurance company resulting in a verdict for fraud and breach of contract in excess of $33 million. 

  • The representation, with Mr. Tull of the firm, of an individual and his business in a lender liability action resulting in a verdict in excess of $10 million. 

  • Lead trial counsel for a family in a breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and fraud action resulting in a verdict of $1,344,000.

Education

  • University of Arkansas School of Law (J.D., 1983) 

  • Western State College of Colorado (B.A., 1981) 

Associations and Affiliations

Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America; Fellow, American Bar Foundation; Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers; Member, American Board of Trial Advocates; Member, International Association of Defense Counsel; Member, Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel; Member, Products Liability Advisory Council; Member, Defense Research Institute; Master, William R. Overton Inn of Court; Member, American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Foundation, and Pulaski County Bar Association.  Mr. Quattlebaum has held leadership positions in many of these organizations.

Charitable Organizations

Nature Conservancy, Arkansas Chapter, Board of Trustees; American Cancer Society; Downtown Partnership, Board of Directors; Arkansas Bar Foundation

 

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This courtroom master counts among his many trial victories a defense verdict for Tyson Foods against claims that the use of additives in chicken feed led to leukemia.

2009-2010 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

He won defense-side verdicts for manufacturers sued for the allegedly harmful affects of welding fumes, a dismissal of a patent trial for Alltel and a favorable settlement in a coal shipment case for Entergy.

2008 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

Quattlebaum's quick wits served him well for herbicide makers, wood treatment facilities, plus Uniroyal Chemical when it faced Superfund litigation.

— Lawdragon, January 2008

This attorney is a member of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers.





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