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.
Other Experience
Brown McCarroll, LLP
Feeney Kellett Wienner & Bush, P.C.
NCR Corporation
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Defense Research Institute

Personal Interests
Snowboarding
Hiking
Motorcycling
Spending time with family
Representative Cases
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Michigan
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Other ExperienceBrown McCarroll, LLP
Feeney Kellett Wienner & Bush, P.C.
NCR Corporation
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
American Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
Colorado Defense Lawyers Association
Defense Research Institute
Personal InterestsSnowboarding
Hiking
Motorcycling
Spending time with family
Articles/Presentations
  • "A Look Through Tinted Glass: What Does the Future Hold for Preemption in Motor Vehicle Litigation?" Prod. Safety Liab. Rptr., Vol. 39, No. 20, (May 2011).
  • Preemption in Automobile Product Liability Cases After Williamson and Priester, presented at Product Liability Advisory Council (Apr. 29, 2011)
  • Sophisticated Deposition Strategies, presented at National Business Institute (Aug. 20, 2010)
  • "I Could Tell You, But I'd Have to Kill You: Protecting Your Clients' Trade Secrets and Other Confidential Information," Mich. Def. Q., (May 1997).
Education
  • Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 1995
    Indiana Law Journal, Associate
  • Indiana University, B.S., Finance, 1989
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Michigan
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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