Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that nationally known life sciences litigator William (“Will”) F. Goodman, III has joined the firm as a partner. With more than 35 years in practice, Mr. Goodman has served as lead national defense counsel to life sciences companies involved in complex commercial and personal injury litigation.
Accompanying Mr. Goodman is Joseph J. (“Jay”) Stroble, who also will serve as a partner, as well as associates Megan Conner and Molly Walker. All four join the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and will be members of the Life Sciences Industry Team.
“We are very pleased to welcome Will, Jay, Megan, and Molly to the firm,” said Firm Chairman Beau Grenier. “As we strategically expand our litigation capabilities, they will be of significant support to our existing pharmaceutical defense practice, both nationally and internationally.”
“Working with this team across the expansive platform of this outstanding law firm is an exciting opportunity for us,” said Mr. Goodman.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Goodman has represented clients in major pharmaceutical, chemical exposure, class action, and commercial litigation cases, often involving thousands of claims. Most notably, he successfully defended Bayer in the country’s second and third trials involving the prescription medicine Baycol. Mr. Goodman has also served as co-national counsel for a pharmaceutical manufacturer in cases alleging that autism was caused by a thimerosal-containing prescription drug and biologic products. Along with Mr. Stroble, he has been an integral part of the defense team in extensive litigation involving a genetically modified crop.
Mr. Goodman serves on the Defense Research Institute’s Drug and Device Steering Committee and is a member of the Millsaps College Board of Trustees. He has been nationally ranked in product liability by Chambers USA-America's Leading Lawyers in Business since 2008 and is listed in the current edition of the International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers. Mr. Goodman is also listed in Best Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation, and Super Lawyers. He holds a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law and a B.A., cum laude, from Millsaps College.
Mr. Stroble’s litigation practice is diverse. He has represented a variety of clients, including Bayer Corporation, Pfizer Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and GlaxoSmithKline plc, in commercial, class action, product liability, pharmaceutical, and medical device litigation. He holds a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Stroble received a B.A. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and a Chancellor's Scholar.
Megan Conner practices in the litigation area. She holds a J.D. from Mississippi College of Law; a B.A. from the University of Mississippi; and an M.A. from Mississippi State University.
Molly Walker practices in the litigation area. She holds a J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of Mississippi School of Law and a B.A. (cum laude) from Millsaps College.