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Hanson Bridgett LLP

Merton A. Howard

Merton A. Howard


Hanson Bridgett LLP
California, U.S.A.

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Mert's practice covers all aspects of civil litigation and business risk management. He is experienced in legal project management and strategic planning, alternative dispute resolution, trials and appeals. In the product liability area, he handles mass torts and class actions. His cases have involved catastrophic injuries, children's products, chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food and related services, sports equipment, consumer goods, aviation equipment, asbestos and other toxic substances. He also represents clients in matters concerning California's Proposition 65, contractual interpretation, unfair competition and premises liability. Additionally, he assists companies with regulatory compliance, warnings and instructions, and best practices.

Mert has been certified by NHTSA as a child passenger safety technician and counsels companies regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Mert is a frequent author and speaker on a wide range of topics, including best practices for e-discovery and litigation management, deposition strategy, trial, and numerous procedural and substantive issues.

He is a member of the faculty of the University of San Francisco School of Law's Intensive Advocacy Program. This includes an annual lecture on taking and defending depositions.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California


J.D., summa cum laude, University of San Francisco School of Law (1992)
B.A., cum laude, University of Connecticut (1989)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • USLAW NETWORK Board of Directors
  • ABA TIPSâ??Toxic Tort and Environmental Law, Vice-Chair
  • Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Globalaw
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, Board of Governors

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Briefly is designed to provide readers with updates on the latest litigation developments in California. Our focus is on general litigation as well as issues surrounding class actions, products liability, discovery, privacy, cybersecurity, and the professional practice of law.


"Forecasting Liability While Connecting to the Internet of Things," co-author, USLAW Magazine (Spring/Summer 2016)
"Product Liability: The Resale of Children's Products Online," co-author, In-House Defense Quarterly (October 2014)
"The Erosion of California's Sophisticated User and Purchaser Defenses in Product Liability Litigation," co-author, IADC Product Liability Committee Newsletter (August 2014)
"California Product Liability Law Liasion Report," Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (July 2013)
"Defending Your Case Through Social Media and In Court," co-author, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California (December 2012)
"Prop 65 for Non-California Companies," Hanson Bridgett Video Update (May 2010)
"Green Chemistry in California," Hanson Bridgett Video Update (May 2010)
"Review of New and Proposed State Laws Regarding Children's Products," DRI Products Liability (2010)
"The California Electronic Discovery Act," co-author, The Marin Lawyer (August 2009)
"Punitive Damages: A State-by-State Compendium – California" co-author, DRI Defense Library Series (2009)
"Design and Manufacture of Products for Sale in the United States – A Summary of American Product Liability Law – Chapter Five – The Risk of Punitive Damages," Globalaw Product Liability and Toxic Tort Initiative (2006)
"Summary of Published California State Cases Concerning Asbestos Exposure," co-author, University of San Francisco School of Law Continuing Legal Education (May 2004)
"Deposition Strategy for Deposing the Asbestos Plaintiff," ADC 2004 Asbestos Training Series (March 2004)
"Putting the Toxic Tort Case Together – Discovery and Investigation Strategy Checklist and Preparing for and Conducting Depositions," ADC Seminar, Toxic Torts 101 (September 2003)
"Changes to California's Statute of Limitation for Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims and the Summary Judgment Statute," co-author (September 2002)
"Handling The Disappearance or Spoliation of Third Party Evidence in The Product Liability Case: Beware The Double Edged Sword," co-author, ALFA Product Liability Seminar (May 2000)
"How The CPSC Handles And Discloses Information On Product Performance And What You Can Do About It," DRI 2000 Product Liability Conference (January 2000)
"Product Liability Update," Hanson Bridgett (various)
"Product Liability Newsletter," Globalaw (various)

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