Ivan A. Gustafson

Ivan was born on May 9, 1959 in Pensacola, Florida. He is admitted to the bars of West Virginia (1984), Georgia (1988), Mississippi (2003) and Texas (2006). He attended Dickinson College for his undergraduate career, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree and graduating magna cum laude in 1981. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984. He was elected to both the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Delta Phi societies while in law school. He is a member of the West Virginia State Bar, the State Bar of Georgia, the State Bar of Mississippi, the State Bar of Texas, the Western Circuit Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Ivan's focus has been products liability and general civil litigation.

Ivan has concentrated his practice in toxic torts, principally the defense of asbestos injury claims, since 1987. After receiving a defense verdict on January 20th, 2010, Ivan can now claim having tried asbestos cases in each of the four most recent decades.  Before this specialization, he had a general practice in a small town where he was exposed to the many ways law impacts people's lives. He credits this experience with giving him both the ability to tap into the core values of jurors at trial and an excellent feel for the presentation of complex issues to laypersons. While at Evert Weathersby Houff he has been able to use his experience on a national level, assisting in the development of national trial and discovery strategies to allow clients to adapt to new litigation realities.

Ivan has acted as lead trial counsel in asbestos trials in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia. Ivan co-authored a chapter of the first edition of Dr. Victor Roggli's definitive work on asbestos-related disease and maintains extensive contact and access to experts in all medical and scientific specialty fields related to the trial of asbestos cases.

Ivan is responsible for the management of the local counsel role in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.

3455 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 1550
Atlanta, GA 30326

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