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Raymond Williams

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Litigation

Position

Partner, National Diversity and Inclusion Partner, and Co-Chair DLA Piper's US Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice

Career

Raymond Williams focuses his practice on complex litigation, with an emphasis on Food and Drug Administration matters.

Raymond has first-chair jury trial experience, as well as extensive pre-trial litigation experience. On both the local and national levels, he has successfully defended matters which included allegations of wrongful death, blindness and cancer, among many issues. His extensive litigation experience includes handling multi-district litigations, mass tort state coordinations, class actions and punitive damage claims.

In addition, Raymond has performed due diligence workup regarding the litigation risk associated with the proposed acquisition of life science companies, has been consulted regarding access to foreign markets for various companies subject to FDA regulations and has shepherd various matters related to data privacy issues.

Education

BS, University of Rhode Island; JD, Pepperdine University School of Law


United States: Dispute resolution

Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: automotive/transport

Philadelphia-based Raymond Williams and Christopher Young in San Diego co-head DLA Piper LLP (US)’s nationwide product liability and mass torts practice. The team advises OEMs, such as Porsche and Ford, on contentious and non-contentious matters, including risk mitigation, product recalls and litigation. Other key figures in the department are James Brogan in Philadelphia and Joel Dewey in Baltimore.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: consumer products (including tobacco)

The consumer and industrial product liability practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) handles contentious and non-contentious work, such as risk mitigation, regulatory law matters, product recalls and product liability litigation. The group is headed by Raymond Williams in Philadelphia and Christopher Young in San Diego, who is particularly experienced in the life sciences, food and beverage industries.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: pharmaceuticals and medical devices - defense

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s pharmaceutical and medical device practice is jointly headed by Raymond Williams in Philadelphia and Christopher Young in San Diego, and handles sector-related product liability litigation and mass torts. Williams and New York-based Loren Brown continue to act as national counsel for Novo Nordisk in all litigation arising from claims alleging that some type 2 diabetes treatments can cause pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis. In other ongoing work, Brown defends Pfizer in product liability litigation, in which plaintiffs claim that long-term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) cause various forms of kidney disease. Together with Boston-based Matthew Holian, Brown also represents Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer in an MDL involving claims that anticoagulant medication Eliquis causes bleeding. Bayer, Medtronic and Biogen are also clients of the firm. Cara Edwards in New York is another name to note and Boston-based Jessica Wilson was invited to partnership in January 2017.

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Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense

Within: Product liability, mass tort and class action: toxic tort - defense

Jointly headed by Raymond Williams in Philadelphia and Christopher Young in San Diego, the product liability and mass torts practice at DLA Piper LLP (US) is primarily active in asbestos litigation. Led by Boston-based Matthew Holian and John Wellschlager in Baltimore, the team continues to act as national counsel for BASF Catalyst in asbestos litigation related to its predecessor Engelhard and recently won a summary judgment in favor of the client in Fields v Ford Motor Company. Porsche, Exxon Mobil and NJOY are also clients of the firm.

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United States: Industry focus

Healthcare: life sciences

Within: Healthcare: life sciences

DLA Piper LLP (US)’s ‘excellent, responsive and knowledgeable’ department has considerable experience assisting high-profile clients with regulatory, transactional and IP matters, as well as complex global disputes. San Diego-based co-head Lisa Haile and New York-based Stuart Pollack have been leading advice to SteadyMed on various patent invalidation claims brought against United Therapeutics before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Co-head Richard Mulloy and Drew Wintringham, who are in San Diego and New York, respectively, have been representing Covidien in patent litigation brought against Ethicon arising from the release of Ethicon’s Enseal X1 medical device. The team also acted for Sanpower Group on its $820m acquisition of Dendreon Pharmaceuticals. Also led by product liability expert Matthew Holian in Boston, the team includes George Karavetsos in Miami, Loren Brown in New York, Raymond Williams in Philadelphia, Larry Nishnick in San Diego and Aaron Fountain, who splits his time between Austin and Houston.

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