Butler Snow attorney Fred E. (Trey) Bourn, III has been appointed Vice Chair of DRI’s Product Liability Committee for 2021-2022. The Product Liability Committee is one of the largest and most active committees within the organization with more than 3,200 members and 18 Specialized Litigation Groups.
Bourn has served in many positions within DRI and the Product Liability Committee, including serving as Program Chair for the Product Liability Conference in 2019. He has served on the Product Liability Steering Committee since 2010, during which he has served in several roles, including Chair of the Recreational Products Specialized Litigation Group. He will transition to his new role at the conclusion of the 2021 DRI Annual Meeting in October.
Bourn serves as Practice Group Leader for the Products, Catastrophic and Industrial Litigation Group. His current practice is focused on defending pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in cases pending in various state and federal venues throughout the country. He also has experience representing clients in the areas of recreational vehicles, watercraft, automatic doors, automobiles, home appliances, industrial machinery, children’s toys, and natural gas pipelines. He also counsels manufacturers on risk management, including product safety, recalls, and compliance matters involving the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Bourn is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell® and has been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers® for his work in products liability and Best Lawyers in America® for his work in products liability and commercial litigation. Bourn is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization, and the American, Mississippi and Capital Area Bar Associations. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University, his M.A. from Mississippi State University, and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Mississippi Law Journal.