R. Bryan Martin

Partner
Los Angeles Orange County
555 South Flower Street
Forty-Fifth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
2050 Main Street
Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92614
714.426.4614
714.754.0826

Bryan is the leader of Haight’s Product Liability Practice Group and is also an active member of the firm’s General Liability, Business Solutions, Transportation Law, and Employment & Labor Practice Groups. Bryan’s practice covers a broad range of civil and administrative matters both inside and outside the state of California. He regularly represents Fortune 500 companies in high-exposure actions involving personal injury and wrongful death, product liability, transportation, business, labor and employment and insurance. He has successfully tried cases to verdict and has been a part of trial teams in multiple jurisdictions throughout California and across the United States. He has also successfully briefed and argued before Courts of Appeal in multiple jurisdictions. From pre-lawsuit strategy to trial and appeal, Bryan is consistently praised for his ability to efficiently achieve successful results.

Bryan frequently defends manufacturers and distributors of a wide range of products in personal injury actions. These products include recreational vehicles such as personal watercraft, all-terrain and off-road vehicles, and motorcycles; sporting and camping equipment; above ground swimming pools; plate-heat exchangers; industrial mixers and ovens; construction equipment; farm equipment; heavy machinery; and railroad cars, among many others.

Bryan also has extensive experience in the life sciences field representing manufacturers and distributors of a broad range of medical and dental devices and pharmaceutical drugs in product liability actions. Bryan is also a frequent lecturer and author on product liability and life sciences topics in publications and at seminars across the country. 

Bryan serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC), which is the largest and one of the most preeminent regional defense organizations in the country.

Bryan is a 2002 graduate, cum laude, of Southwestern University School of Law where he served on the Board of Governors for the Moot Court Honors Program. Bryan attended Weber State University on a full athletic scholarship in football and was the university’s starting quarterback and punter during his junior and senior seasons. Bryan also played professionally in the Arena Football League for the San Jose Sabercats and the Tampa Bay Storm from 1997-1999 prior to entering law school.

Representative Experience

Menefee Construction Company, et al. v. Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division, Fresno Superior Court Case No. 11CECG01702, May 2016; six week jury trial; fraud action brought by paving contractor against manufacturer of asphalt concrete relating to failure of paved roads; co-lead trial counsel; defense verdict and recovery on cross-complaint for $1,159,797.05 plus prejudgment interest and attorneys’ fees.

Menefee Construction Company, et al. v. Vulcan Materials Company, Western Division, Fresno Superior Court Case No. 11CECG01702, November 2015; summary adjudication on six of seven causes of action in business dispute between paving contractor and manufacturer of asphalt concrete.

Vantageone Real Estate Investments II, LLC v. O’Reilly Auto Enterprises (“O’Reilly Auto Parts”); San Bernardino Superior Court Case No. UDFS1403334, July 2015; summary judgment on high stakes commercial unlawful detainer action.

Fun Bike Center v. Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., State of California New Motor Vehicle Board, Protest No. PR-2405-14, June 2015; recreational vehicle dealer protest; motion to dismiss protest with prejudice.

Crook v. Urologix, Inc., et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC521493, April 2015; motion to dismiss with prejudice product liability and negligence claims against manufacturer of Class III medical device.

Bechor v. BRP US Inc. and Bert’s Mega Mall, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC526974, December 2014; jury trial; breach of contract and breach of warranty action against personal watercraft manufacturer and dealer; lead trial counsel; directed verdict.

Berchtold Equipment Company v. CNH America, LLC, et al., Fresno County Superior Court Case No. 08CECG03210, January 2014; summary adjudication on intentional interference with contract, and intentional and negligent interference with prospective economic advantage, claims in dispute between tractor dealer and manufacturer.

Rollins v. Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., Superior Court of Washington, Pierce County, Case No. 11-2-12769-4, December 2013; summary judgment on federal preemption grounds on plaintiff’s state law product liability claim, alleging personal watercraft manufacturer was negligent for failing to include an engine ventilation system in its design, where United States Coast Guard exempted personal watercraft from ventilation system safety requirement; affirmed on appeal.

Schneider v. Escondido Cycle Center, San Diego Superior Court, North County, Case No. 37-2011-00059308, June 2013; trial; breach of contract and breach of warranty action against off-road vehicle dealer; lead trial counsel; nonsuit.

Avila v. Bodega Latina Corporation dba El Super, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. LC094437, October 2012; jury trial; negligence and premises liability action against grocery retailer; lead trial counsel; hung jury which led to successful post-trial settlement.

Scott v. Henry Schein, Inc., et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC431225, July 2012; summary judgment on product liability and negligence claims against manufacturer of dental needle.

Chavez v. Bodega Latina Corporation dba El Super, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC461806, December 2011; jury trial; negligence and premises liability action against grocery retailer; lead trial counsel; nonsuit.

Sommer, et al. v. Progress Rail Services, Inc., et al., Kern County Superior Court Case No. S-1500-CV-260328, February 2010; summary judgment on negligence claim for injuries caused by collision between runaway railcar and tractor trailer operated by plaintiff.

Doepping v. United Industries Corporation, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. NC042154, November 2008; summary judgment on negligence and premises liability claims against railcar service and maintenance company relating to plaintiff’s fall from a railcar due to alleged slippery substance.

Shotts v. Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Case No. 1:05-cv-1049-DFH-TAB, August 2007; jury trial; product liability and negligence action brought by paraplegic plaintiff against manufacturer of all-terrain vehicle; trial counsel; defense verdict.

Cornejo v. Invensys APV; APV France, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC339266, May 2007; motion to quash service of summons and complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction.

Mora v. Hollywood Bed & Spring, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC343814, March 2007; summary judgment on Labor Code section 4558 claim brought by plaintiff whose arm was crushed in power press; affirmed on appeal.

Appellate

Rollins v. Bombardier Recreational Products Inc., 191 Wash.App. 876, 366 P.3d 33 (Dec. 21, 2015); state law product liability claim, alleging personal watercraft manufacturer was negligent for failing to include an engine ventilation system in its design, was impliedly preempted by direct conflict with United States Coast Guard decision to exempt personal watercraft from ventilation system safety requirement.

The Coleman Company, Inc. v. Superior Court of Orange County, 2009 WL 1710105, Super.Ct.No. 30-2007-00100173, No. G041634 (June 18, 2009); unpublished; in product liability action, trial court abused its discretion in finding certain communications between defendant and its attorneys were discoverable.

Mora v. Hollywood Bed & Spring, et al., 164 Cal.App. 4th 1061, 2 Cal. WCC 803, 79 Cal.Rptr.3d 640 (July 14, 2008); employee whose arm was crushed in power press failed to establish that employer specifically authorized failure to install, or removal of, point of operation guard, as required to bring case within statutory “power press” exception to exclusive remedy rule of workers’ compensation law.