Williams & Connolly LLP

Product Liability & Mass Torts Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Specialist litigation firm that houses an expert team with impressive trial experience. Frequently represents clients in the life sciences space, where it is noted for its long list of repeat mandates. Adept at both trial counsel and coordinating counsel roles on major disputes. Broad product liability defense capabilities includes acting on toxic tort claims, medical device cases and pharmaceutical litigation. Offers expertise handling all aspects of major product liability cases, including appellate proceedings and settlement negotiations.

Strengths One client lauds the firm for its "outstanding strategic judgment in a national counsel role - they work very well with other firms."

Another client states: "I'm extremely pleased with the way they've managed and handled our defense. They've been able to put forward such a strong defense on different fronts."

A commentator notes: "I must say that Williams & Connolly ranks very highly in talent, resources and strategy. They'll say it exactly how it is."

Notable practitioners


Douglas Marvin
is a longstanding practitioner with significant experience as national coordinating counsel in mass torts. He is especially well regarded for devising strategy and negotiating in complex pharmaceutical cases.


Lane Heard
is an experienced lawyer who is particularly skilled at coordinating national defense in significant MDLs. He frequently acts for pharmaceutical clients in mass tort litigation, for which he is recognized as "excellent and well respected."


Heidi Hubbard
is a highly respected trial lawyer who has acted as lead and national trial counsel on a number of MDLs. She is widely considered to be a leading figure in mass torts within the pharmaceutical space. "She's an outstanding trial attorney," states a client. "She's someone I routinely turn to - she's responsive and has excellent work product."


Joseph Petrosinelli
cochairs the firm's product liability practice group and is well versed in disputes across federal and state courts. He is especially strong in defending against major MDLs for clients, particularly in pharmaceutical cases and toxic torts. Sources identify him as being "incredibly smart, practical and a pleasure to work with."


Paul Boehm
is an increasingly prominent litigator who is well versed in representing major multinational companies in product liability cases ranging from pharmaceutical litigation to toxic torts. His peers regard him as "a great colleague who is very skillful," while clients add: "He's excellent. He knows the science and he's very aware of where we need to position ourselves."


Stephen Raber
is a "go-to trial lawyer" for a range of matters, from federal MDLs to consumer class actions. Alongside his strength in pharmaceutical product liability, he is also skilled in broader civil disputes taken to both trial and arbitration.