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Dechert LLP
LOS ANGELES, CA 90071-2013
United States
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William W. Oxley, managing partner of Dechert’s Los Angeles office, is a trial lawyer whose clients trust him with their most important disputes. Mr. Oxley is a Fellow in The American College of Trial Lawyers, which is composed of the best of the trial bar and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in the United States. He Oxley has tried many cases to verdict, including products liability cases and contract and business tort cases.


Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (LCA); Member, The Trial Law Institute; Member, Diversity Law Institute; Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association


California State University, Chico, B.A., 1985; University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1988, with Distinction, Order of the Coif

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United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

The ‘exceptional trial lawyers and litigators‘ at Dechert LLPcombine technical excellence, outstanding relationship management and superior execution in the courtroom‘. The litigation department’s sub-practice areas include consumer class actions, financial services disputes and product liability and mass tort litigation; in the latter field, the firm recently hired a team of lawyers including three partners from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. In other notable moves, commercial litigator David Stern joined the Los Angeles office from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, and Michael McGinley joined in Philadelphia after serving as associate counsel and special assistant to the President in the White House Counsel’s Office. Star litigators at the firm include securities fraud litigation expert Linda Goldstein in New York, William Oxley, managing partner of the Los Angeles office, and Washington DC-based Christina Sarchio, who recently secured dismissals for Apple in class action cases that alleged violations of a New Jersey consumer protection statute. Matthew Larrabee heads the department from New York.

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense

Dechert LLP is well known for representing pharmaceutical companies in chemical exposure claims, and also has experience in water contamination matters. Sheila Birnbaum and Mark Cheffo, who jointly head the team from New York, are defending Pfizer in product liability litigation relating to the antidepressant Zoloft, which allegedly causes birth defects in children when taken during pregnancy; the duo is also acting for Purdue Pharma in multiple cases concerning opioid medication. Los Angeles-based William Oxley continues to act as lead trial counsel for Union Carbide in asbestos litigation across the US. Nathan Hoffman in Chicago and Hope Freiwald in Philadelphia are also recommended.