Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Life Sciences Litigator William F. Goodman, III Joins Nashville Office

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that partner and nationally known life sciences litigator William (“Will”) F. Goodman, III has joined the firm’s Nashville office. Goodman had been working from the firm’s Jackson, Miss. office since joining the firm in January 2014.

A member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and Life Sciences Industry Team, Goodman has more than 35 years in practice, serving as lead national defense counsel to life sciences companies involved in complex commercial and personal injury litigation.

“Will’s extensive experience is a great fit for our pharmaceutical defense practice, and we welcome him to the office,” said Nashville Managing Partner Bob Patterson. “Will’s work is a natural fit with our work with the healthcare industry in general, both firm wide and in Nashville. He is a great addition to the team.”

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.

“I have quickly come to appreciate the opportunities afforded by this firm’s nationally known litigation team,” said Mr. Goodman. “I’m happy to now call Music City my professional and personal home.”

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. In addition, 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 for his product liability practice in Chambers USA from 2008 to 2014 and is listed in the current edition of theInternational Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers. Mr. Goodman is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 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.

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