A trial lawyer for the past 15 years, Bryan Cross primarily defends Fortune 500 companies in state and federal courts throughout the United States and its territories. His practice focuses on product liability, construction defect, and complex commercial matters. He has also successfully handled premises, professional negligence, and asbestos-related litigation.
Bryan excels at defending matters involving catastrophic personal injuries, including quadriplegia and traumatic brain injury, as well as at handling "SWAT litigation" assignments where he is brought in shortly before trial to quickly organize and develop previously neglected files, identify and address strategic vulnerabilities, and minimize or eliminate downside risk in high-exposure cases.
Bryan serves as national trial counsel to Ford Motor Company. He is admitted to practice in Colorado, Michigan, and Texas.
A representative sampling of cases Bryan has handled recently includes the following.
- Obtained a jury defense verdict in state court in Santa Fe, New Mexico for a regional grocery store in a personal injury, premises liability matter that involved an allegation of several millions of dollars in damages. Despite the defense's admission that the plaintiff had received a permanent injury in an accident on its premises, the jury deliberated for only an hour before finding that the store was not liable for the injury. It was the first case in at least 10 years that WTO's national insurance company client had taken to trial in Santa Fe. Bryan successfully excluded a "safety expert" who had been testifying in New Mexico courts for nearly three decades.
- Obtained a favorable verdict in Washington state court in a personal injury matter involving both admitted liability and opinions from several treating physicians that the plaintiff had suffered a debilitating traumatic brain injury. Bryan was retained to defend this matter less than two months before the start of trial.
- Obtained summary judgment on federal preemption grounds in a West Virginia state court case alleging the improper use of tempered safety glass in automotive side windows. Bryan subsequently wrote the appellate briefing leading to the Supreme Court of West Virginia's affirmation of the judgment based on a finding that Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 205 preempts such claims. West Virginia is the first appellate court in the nation to make that finding, expressly rejecting the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals finding to the contrary.
- Assisted in procuring the very favorable settlement of a complex construction defect case in Texas state court on behalf of an international construction management company. The matter involved alleged defects in some 270 single family homes and nearly $100 million dollars in alleged damages.