After obtaining his law degree, Atty Tedford served as a member of the US Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps. Since that time, he has gained more than 35 years of experience as a tort &product liability trial attorney. He devotes a substantial portion of his practice to fire & explosion litigation, in which he has over 18 years experience.
Atty Tedford is a former national counsel & national coordinating counsel for product manufacturers & distributors. He currently serves as national coordination & litigation counsel for several Fire Science & Product Liability clients. He is also a frequent lecturer on this subject.
Atty Tedford has litigated to verdict cases where the arson defense was asserted, & has successfully recovered on subrogation claims for his insurance clients. Notably, he was counsel for the plaintiff in the landmark fire science litigation case of Travelers Property Casualty Corp. v. Namerow, 261 Conn. 784 (2002).
Atty Tedford has litigated hundreds of high value matters in courts throughout the country, including cases involving:
•Defense of a fire suppression company in a major shipyard fire
•Defense of water heater thermostat manufacturer in a case involving the scalding of a baby
•Defense of a gas cap manufacturer in cases where lawn mower fires caused severe burn injuries to the operators of the mowers
•Defense of a product manufacturer where a fire in a manufactured home caused the death of an adult & 2 children
•Defense of a foam insulation manufacturer where 3 welders were killed when foam insulation in the barge on which they were working caught fire
•Batted ball head injuries resulting from the use of metal softball bats
•Firefighters who sued for wrongful death following the crash of their fire engine
•Negligence & product liability claims brought by a quadriplegic injured in a diving board accident
•Personal injuries from lead paint exposure
•Personal injuries from a motorcycle-automobile accident
•Construction accident involving multiple parties & contract disputes
•Defense of a major chemical manufacturer in lawsuits brought by burn victims
•Death & personal injuries resulting from a night club fire
•Claim for personal injuries by plaintiff leaping from a third-story window to avoid being burned in fire
•Property damage & personal injury stemming from an explosion of chemical products in a warehouse fire
•Defense of insurers in civil arson cases
•Multi-million dollar product liability/fire claim against a tractor-trailer manufacturer
•Alleged personal injuries & wrongful death from exposure to asbestos fibers
•Defense of a multi-million dollar claim for fire damage to a nursing home
•Insurance fraud cases involving commercial as well as personal lines coverage
•Subrogation claims against a clothes dryer manufacturer
•Subrogation claims against a bathroom ceiling fan manufacturer
•Litigation involving fire suppression systems.
During my years of practice, I have learned that the client’s needs constantly vary depending on the circumstances. In every case, however, the client’s interests are served through an early, competent evaluation of the strengths & weaknesses of the case, an assessment of the potential cost of defending the matter through trial, & the development of a strategy which will meet the client’s goals.
The strength of a case must be balanced against the costs of litigation & the business interests impacted by a verdict or settlement. In certain cases, a prompt settlement is a victory for the client. In other cases, the nature of the claim & the strengths of the client’s position warrant vigorous pursuit through trial. In either instance, my goal is to develop a theory early in the case, thereby placing the client in a position of strength to leverage a reasonable settlement or a favorable verdict.