Rick L. Rose

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Mr. Rose is the former Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Section and former member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. His practice is devoted to Products Liability Litigation, Transportation Litigation, Personal Injury and Insurance Defense Litigation.

Products Liability Litigation

Mr. Rose has extensive experience as counsel for numerous worldwide and national pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as many other product manufacturers. He is counsel to a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in many Utah lawsuits involving one of the most successful new drugs in history. He has represented various manufacturers in cases involving products including, but not limited to:

  • Acetabular Components
  • All Terrain Vehicles
  • Appliances
  • Artificial Shoulder and Knee Prostheses
  • Asbestos
  • Automobiles and Component Parts
  • Blood Products
  • Breast Implants
  • Buses
  • Cox-2 Inhibitors
  • Da Vinci Surgical System
  • Doors
  • Drilling Rigs
  • Elevators, Escalators
  • Ephedra, Fentanyl Patch, Fen/Phen, Trasylol, anti-depressants and many other drugs
  • Forklifts
  • HRT, Hip, Shoulder and Knee Implants
  • Insulation
  • Ladders
  • Latex Gloves
  • Manufactured Homes
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Pain Pumps
  • Pediatric Cardio-Pulmonary Bypass Tubing
  • Pedicle Screws
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Personal Watercraft
  • Propane Tanks
  • Scaffolding
  • Silica
  • Snowmobiles
  • Spine Hardware
  • Spinal Cord Stimulators
  • Surgical Instruments
  • Tires
  • Trucks
  • Ventilators
  • Wheelchairs

Mr. Rose co-authors the Product Liability Desk Reference, Utah Chapter, as well as the ABA Product Liability 50 State Survey, Utah Chapter, for both Punitive Damages and Plaintiff’s Medical Care and Treatment – Discovery and Evidentiary Issues.

Transportation Litigation

Mr. Rose is a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association and Transportation Lawyers Association and represents several national and local clients in trucking and bus accident cases.

Tort and Insurance Defense Litigation

Mr. Rose is the past President of the Utah Defense Lawyers Association and defends wrongful death and personal injury cases on behalf of several insurance companies and other large corporate clients. He recently successfully handled the largest wrongful death/personal injury case in Utah history on behalf of the owner of a Utah mine. He also has extensive experience representing insurance clients in coverage and bad faith cases and has authored publications and made presentations to other lawyers on coverage and bad faith law.

Mr. Rose co-authors the Tort Law Desk Reference, Utah Chapter.

Mr. Rose has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers for litigation in Utah by:

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading attorney in General Commercial Litigation in Utah (Band 3, 2016-2019 editions) (Band 4, 2014-2015 editions) (Band 3, 2009-2013 editions)
  • The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation (2008-2018 editions)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year” in Product Liability Litigation-Defendants (2016 & 2018 editions)
  • Utah Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite” in the categories of Insurance, Civil Litigation and Personal Injury (as published in Utah Business Magazine) (2005-2016, 2018-2019 editions)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers in the category of Personal Injury Defense: Products & General (2009-2019 editions)

He also maintains an AV Preeminent (5.0) rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics.

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J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., 1987

  • Member, BYU LAW REVIEW
  • cum laude

Whitman College, B.A., Economics, 1984

  • Dean’s List

Affiliations / Memberships

  • Master, Aldon J. Anderson American Inn of Court
  • Utah Bar Association
  • Idaho Bar Association
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Past President, Utah Defense Lawyers Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Council on Litigation Management, Utah State Chair (2010-2011)

Publications / Presentations

  • Presentation, A View from the Other Side of the Bench, The Utah Association for Justice - 2019 Auto Spectacular, “Winning Strategies for Your Auto Cases,” Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Presentation, Fifty Shades of Grey Matter, 2016 Brain Injury Conference, “Defending the Brain Injury Case,” Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Presentation, The 23rd Annual Medical Device Seminar, Panel on Defending Life Science Drug and Devices: RX for Success, Isle of Palms, South Carolina
  • Presentation, The 2010 Brain Injury Conference, Defense Panel on What Plaintiffs Do To Make Us Crazy. . . . Almost, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Presentation, The 2007 Brain Injury Conference, Defense Panel on Preparation and Trial of Brain Injury Cases, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Presentation, Insurance Law Update, Lorman Education Services, Salt Lake City, Utah, May, 1994, 1995 and 1996
  • Author, Bad Faith Claims, 1994
  • Co-author, Liability Insurance Coverage Issues, 1994
  • Co-author of Commentary, Jury Instructions for Civil and Criminal RICO Cases with Commentary, Brigham Young Law Review
  • Co-author, Product Liability Desk Reference, Utah Chapter, Aspen Publishers
  • Co-author, Tort Law Desk Reference, Utah Chapter, Aspen Publishers

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