William C. McGowin

Partner
Legal Assistant
Alatia Midkiff
P: 334.956.7640 amidkiff@bradley.com

Bill McGowin practices general litigation with recent emphasis on life sciences and, in particular, the defense of pharmaceutical companies sued in product liability litigation. He has tried over 60 jury trials to completion, ranging from trials lasting less than one week to several weeks. Bill has represented multi-national pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in litigation across the U.S. and in Europe. He has represented medical device and pharmaceutical clients including Bayer, Pfizer, Merck, Fresenius, and Novo Nordisk. His other areas of practice include medical malpractice defense, product liability litigation, transportation litigation, and commercial litigation.

Bill is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and Mid-South Super Lawyers, and is Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rated. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and is a previous board member of the Alabama Defense Lawyer’s Association. Bill has also been a faculty member of the Alabama Defense Lawyer’s Trial Academy numerous times and was a member of the faculty of the 2016 International Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy at Stanford University. 

Notable Matters
  • Successfully defended Weyerhaeuser, Inc. in numerous trials involving everything from personal injury to products liability in Alabama state and federal courts.
  • Successfully defended Textron Inc. and E-Z-Go in product liability golf cart claims involving personal injury and death.
  • Successfully defended at trial numerous transportation companies in accidents involving 18-wheelers, including jury trials involving wrongful death and catastrophic injuries.
  • Successfully represented national grocery chain in numerous trials on various types of claims, including construction death claims, transportation claims, wrongful discharge claims and general personal injury claims.
  • Successfully defended commercial fraud case against a national company in federal court in Mississippi in a two-month trial.
  • Successfully defended HealthSouth Corp. in claims by former CEO in arbitration involving insurance proceeds of more than $20 million.