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William G. Childs

William G. Childs

Partner
Phone:512.874.3819
Fax:512.874.3801

Bill Childs is a product liability attorney who focuses his practice in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. He has extensive experience in pharmaceutical mass tort, patent, commercial and other litigation.

Bill routinely works with company and expert witnesses, including sales representatives, FDA experts, epidemiologists and physicians of all specialties, to dive deep into the company story, medicine, and science behind the underlying claims to form a complete view of complex medical and regulatory issues. Bill thrives on organizing complicated evidence into key themes supported by the facts developed from witness interviews, depositions, and key document review. His ability to quickly understand complex issues and cases translates into strategic and comprehensive case chronologies.

In addition to his pharmaceutical practice, Bill also handles a range of other types of litigation. He has represented a medical device manufacturer in a trade secret matter, an educational tablet maker in warranty matters, an all-terrain vehicle manufacturer in warranty matters (including trying a case to verdict), and a highway safety equipment manufacturer in personal injury litigation.

After graduating with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was Chief Articles Editor for the Texas Law Review, Bill clerked for Judge James M. Rosenbaum, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. His subsequent practice, at Williams & Connolly LLP, was principally in pharmaceutical mass tort and intellectual property litigation.

Following Williams & Connolly LLP, Bill joined the full-time faculty of Western New England University School of Law, where he taught Torts, Products Liability, Experts and Scientific Evidence, and other courses, for eight years (earning tenure). Bill also served as Associate Dean for External Affairs for three years. His scholarship while in academia focused on mass tort litigation, amusement ride safety, and the intersection of law and science, all of which continue to be an active part of Bill's practice today.


Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2013
  • Washington, D.C., 1999

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Education

  • University of Texas Law School, J.D., 1998

    With High Honors

    Order of the Coif

    Chief Articles Editor, Texas Law Review, 1997-98

  • Macalester College, B.A., 1994

    Major: Political Science

    Pi Sigma Alpha National Academic Political Science Honor Society

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
    • Producer and host, “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” radio show (music for kids), since August 2005

Recent Verdicts & Case Studies


CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Publications

  • "Peering Behind the Peer Review Curtain," Author, Law360, August 2018
  • "When the Bell Can’t Be Unrung: Document Leaks and Protective Orders in Mass Tort Litigation," 27 Rev. Litig. 565, 2008
  • "The Overlapping Magisteria of Law and Science: When Litigation and Science Collide," 85 Neb. L. Rev. 643, 2007
  • "When Criminal and Tort Law Incentives Run Into Tight Budgets and Regulatory Discretion," 34 Cap. U.L. Rev. 581, 2006
  • "The Implementation of FDA Determinations in Litigation – Why Do We Defer to the PTO but Not to the FDA?" 5 Minn. Intell. Prop. Rev. 155, 2004
  • "The Intersection of Peremptory Challenges, Challenges for Cause, and Harmless Error," 27 Am. J. Crim. L. 49, 1999

Classes and Seminars Taught

  • "Legal Causation in the Era of Big Data," Client Presentation, Co-Presenter, August 2015
  • "History in the Making," Defense Research Institutes Toxic Torts Conference, Miami, FL, February 2012
  • "Law and Pharmaceutical Development," Presented to chemistry, biology, and other undergraduates at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, February 2011; February 2008; March 2007 
  • "The Intersection of Law and Science: The Unintended Consequences of Judicial Standards for Expert Evidence," Defense Research Institute’s National Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., October 2007
  • “Conventions in Science and the Law, Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (SKAPP)," Coronado Conference, One of forty invited participants to this conference addressing difficulties and opportunities created by forcing one discipline’s conventions to be used outside its usual environment (e.g., scientists testifying in court), Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, May 2007
  • "MySpace and Torts,"  Discussion of social networking websites’ potential liability for third-party torts, presented to first-year Torts students at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, March, 2007 
  • "Can Law Corrupt Science?  Can Science Corrupt Law? What Occurs When Lawyers and Scientists Interact?" Defense Research Institute Toxic Torts Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 2007
  • "Discussion of Recent Case Law, Emerging Tort Theories, Recent Legal Developments, and Key Legal Challenges Facing the Amusement and Leisure Industry," International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association Symposium, 2006
  • "Basic Torts," Presented to twenty state trial judges at the “Civil Jury Practice in the District Court” Conference, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 2006
  • "Criminal Prosecutions in the Amusement Industry – Is There a Trend?" International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association Symposium, 2005 (The essay was published, in abbreviated form, in the WNEC law alumni magazine, Perspectives)