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William Kiniry

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Product Liability, Mass Torts and Product Stewardship; Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations;  International Trade, Regulatory and Government Affairs; Projects, Energy and Infrastructure;
Insurance and Reinsurance Disputes; Energy and Natural Resources; Healthcare; Insurance




Bill Kiniry engages in all aspects of civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on commercial litigation, product liability, mass torts and consumer protection class actions.

Bill has served as national counsel for two major motorcycle manufacturers and serves as national trial counsel for a number of automotive manufacturers and automotive component manufacturers in product liability cases, mass torts and a wide variety of consumer protection class actions. He has served as chairman of several Joint Defense Teams in mass tort and Superfund litigation, and has tried a wide variety of environmental and petroleum products cases for producers and component parts suppliers. He is national counsel for a leading crane and hoist manufacturer, and leads the firm's asbestos litigation practice. He has tried product liability, mass tort and consumer protection class actions throughout the nation.

Domestically and internationally, Bill assists clients in building "virtual law firms", heading teams of lawyers handling national class actions and commercial litigation worldwide. He has traveled internationally to produce documentary films for multinational corporations in support of their litigation and marketing interests in the United States and abroad.


American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and New York Bar Associations; Product Liability Advisory Counsel; Defense Research Institute; National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel; The Society of Automotive Engineers


J.D., University of Baltimore; A.B., Villanova University

United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class actions: automotive/transport - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class actions: automotive/transport - defense

Led by Christopher Campbell in Atlanta, DLA Piper LLP (US) assists clients from the automotive industry with product liability litigation and class actions. Notably, Phoenix-based Mark Nadeau is defending Uber Technologies in a personal injury case regarding a homeless person who was struck by an autonomous vehicle. In addition, William Kiniry in Philadelphia is representing Porsche in litigation relating to the Cayenne Sport Utility engine, which contained an emissions control device designed to fool the designated emissions testing. In another highlight, the team is acting for Mazda in a consumer protection lawsuit filed by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office regarding faulty airbags supplied by vendor Takata. Other clients include Michelin and Goodyear.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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