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Cameron D. Turner

Shareholder | cturner@smsm.com
Shareholder | Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Cameron Turner is a shareholder in the firm's Ft. Lauderdale and Chicago offices. Focusing his practice on product liability, complex commercial litigation and toxic tort, Mr. Turner's clients look to him for innovative and effective solutions. Mr. Turner has represented clients in dozens of trials across the country in jurisdictions including Illinois, Florida, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Ohio. Originally from Madison County in Southern Illinois, Mr. Turner is at ease in both large and small venues in rural and urban jurisdictions. Recognized for his trial success, he has been asked to present his insight on topics including: personal jurisdiction, forum and foreign law issues; expert selection and development; and ethical issues in mass tort litigation.

Mr. Turner applies a hands-on approach to his cases and is dedicated to keeping his clients involved and informed. In addition to his trial experience, Mr. Turner helps businesses navigate commercial matters including contract negotiations and disputes and employment and officer agreements.

Mr. Turner has a long history of defending claims involving medical devices and pharmaceuticals. He also has extensive experience representing clients facing allegations of exposure to potential toxins including welding rod fumes, coal dust, silica sand, and asbestos. 

Mr. Turner has been a member of the Segal McCambridge Strategic Planning Committee. He has also previously served as Chair of the Marketing Committee and as a member of the firm's Diversity and Hiring Committees. An avid athlete, Mr. Turner participates in several sports leagues and competitions.

Honors

  • Recognized as an Illinois Leading Lawyer (a designation limited to less than 5% of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois), nominated and selected by peers in the legal community, 2014-2021
  • Selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state under the age of 40 are selected), nominated and selected by peers in the legal community, 2011-2012

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Florida Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use, Member
  • Florida Bar Association, Out-of-State Division, Member
  • Florida Bar Association, Trial Lawyers, Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Environmental Law Committee, Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Products Liability Committee, Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Toxic Tort Committee, Member
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Member

Representative Matters

  • Successfully first- and second-chaired trials taken to verdict in Delaware, Illinois, and New York.
  • Prevailed on appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court in perhaps the most significant decision in Illinois asbestos litigation history, wherein the court specifically overruled those cases that expanded the "Lipke rule" to prevent a defendant at trial from introducing evidence of other exposures to advance a causation defense. (Nolan v. Weil-McLain)
  • Briefed and argued a successful motion for summary judgment based on the lack of evidence of causation (further upheld on appeal) in a medical device product liability matter with potential seven-figure damages. (Jemenko v. Sunrise Medical)
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a mesothelioma case in Nassau County, NY in which the plaintiff claimed the sole source of asbestos exposure was insulation applied to the defendant’s boiler. (Bullen v. Weil-McLain)
  • Obtained a defense verdict, and reaffirmation of that verdict on appeal, in an Illinois mesothelioma trial. (Wakeland v. Garlock, Anchor Packing Company)

Speaking Engagements

DRI Asbestos Medicine Seminar, Boston, MA, "When 'Can' Means 'Should': Practical Considerations for Personal Jurisdiction, Forum and Venue Motions" (November 14, 2019)

Chair, ALI CLE webinar, "Finding and Developing New Expert Witnesses in Litigation" (September 26, 2013).

HB Litigation Conferences' 14th Annual National Asbestos Litigation Conference, Amelia Island, FL, "The Nexus Between Ethics and Professionalism in Asbestos Litigation" (October 3-4, 2011).

HB Litigation Conferences' 4th Annual Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation, Chicago, IL, "Equipment, Valve & Component Manufacturers Part 1: Case Law Update" (April 7, 2011).

Author

"Retrospective Exposure Assessment and Its Application in Toxic Tort Defense Litigation," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Toxic Tort Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 1 (Spring 2004).

Co-Author

"Benzene: A Litigation Perspective," Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney's Toxic Tort Newsletter (Spring 2006) and Harris Martin's Litigation Watch: Benzene (July 2006).

QUOTED

"Purdue Bankruptcy May Leave State AGs Out In The Cold," Law360 (September 12, 2019)

"Okla.'s $572M Win In J&J Opioid Fight On Shaky Ground," Law360 (August 28, 2019)

"4 Key Takeaways As Historic Opioid Ruling Wallops J&J," Law360 (August 26, 2019)

Education

DePaul University School of Law, J.D., 1997

University of Notre Dame, B.A., Psychology/French, cum laude, 1994

Admissions

  • Florida, 2018
  • Illinois, 1997
  • Missouri, 2006
  • Wisconsin, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois