William M. Gage
William is an attorney in Butler Snow LLP’s Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Healthcare Litigation Group, which Benchmark Litigation selected as its 2018 Product Liability Firm of the Year. He previously served as Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department. He is a trial attorney with nearly 30 years of experience in drug and medical device, product liability, personal injury and mass torts litigation.
William currently serves as MDL lead counsel for Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, Inc. in In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2327, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, one of the largest litigations in U.S. history. He also serves as MDL lead counsel and lead trial counsel in In re: Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2782, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He previously served as statewide coordinating counsel for the Wyeth diet drug litigation and trial counsel in the New Jersey Accutane litigation.
Profiled as one of Law360’s 2016 Trial Pros, William has extensive trial experience. Over the past five years, he tried seven mesh cases to verdict, obtaining defense verdicts in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (2017) and in state court in Dallas, Texas (2015). The Texas trial was one of Law360’s 2015 Product Liability Trials to Watch, and the verdict was named as one of CVN’s Top 10 Defense Verdicts of 2015.
William is recognized by many prestigious industry publications, including Chambers USA (nationwide Product Liability & Mass Torts), The Legal 500 US (recognized in the editorial for nationwide Product liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices – Defense), Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defence, Benchmark Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America, and Mid-South Super Lawyers. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has presented on numerous occasions about litigation and trial related topics, including speaking at the 2018 and 2019 Contemporary Issues in Complex Litigation Conference at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, the Defense Research Institute’s Product Liability Conference and Drug and Medical Device Seminar, and the American Conference Institute’s Drug & Medical Device Litigation Seminar.
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