William R. Stuart III is Of Counsel in the Firm's Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Stuart’s practice concentrates on product liability and commercial litigation. He has served as member of several national counsel teams successfully defending various pharmaceutical and medical device companies in numerous high-profile product liability litigations. This experience has included defending a medical device manufacturer in the transvaginal mesh litigation, defending a pharmaceutical company in personal injury cases involving a drug used to treat Parkinson's disease, defending a pharmaceutical company in the phenylpropanolamine (PPA) litigation, defending two medical device manufacturers in the latex glove litigation and representing a pharmaceutical company in a putative class action involving an anti-arrhythmic drug. Mr. Stuart's responsibilities in these litigations have included coordinating and preparing fact discovery, implementing defense strategies, working with local counsel and national co-defense counsel, preparing fact witnesses and experts, conducting depositions of plaintiffs and treating physicians, preparing dispositive motions, trial preparation and generally overseeing the litigation.
Mr. Stuart has additional product liability experience defending medical devices including syringes, oxygen tubing and biopsy systems, and cases involving industrial machine injuries. His experience in commercial litigation has included defending individuals and corporations in contract disputes, partnership and shareholder disputes, and real estate litigation, and defending online publishers under the Communications Decency Act. In addition, Mr. Stuart has handled white-collar criminal defense matters, initiated copyright and trademark infringement actions on behalf of several prominent manufacturers of retail goods, handled labor and contract disputes, and defended employment discrimination lawsuits.
Mr. Stuart is a member of the Firm's Professional Relations Committee.
- Staff Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- Law Clerk, The Honorable J. Sydney Hoffman, Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Appellate Division