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William G. Childs

William G. Childs

Partner
Phone:512.874.3819
Fax:512.874.3801

Bill Childs focuses his national practice on defending clients 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.

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 obtaining his J.D., 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

  • Washington, D.C., 2001
  • Texas, 2013

Court Admissions

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

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law, 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
    • “Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” Radio show producer and host (music for kids)

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • “Brand Preemption, Opioid Observations and Predatory Journals,” Co-Presenter, Client Presentation, November 2018
  • "Legal Causation in the Era of Big Data," Co-Presenter, Client Presentation, August 2015
  • "History in the Making," Presenter, DRI Toxic Torts Conference, February 2012
  • "Law and Pharmaceutical Development," Presenter, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, February 2011; February 2008; March 2007 
  • "The Intersection of Law and Science: The Unintended Consequences of Judicial Standards for Expert Evidence," Presenter, DRI National Annual Meeting, October 2007
  • “Conventions in Science and the Law, Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy (SKAPP)," Speaker, Coronado Conference, May 2007
  • "Myspace and Torts,"  Presenter, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, March, 2007 
  • "Can Law Corrupt Science?  Can Science Corrupt Law? What Occurs When Lawyers and Scientists Interact?" Speaker, DRI Toxic Torts Conference, March 2007
  • "Discussion of Recent Case Law, Emerging Tort Theories, Recent Legal Developments, and Key Legal Challenges Facing the Amusement and Leisure Industry," Speaker, International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association Symposium, 2006
  • "Basic Torts," Presenter, Civil Jury Practice in the District Court Conference, 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)

Publications

  • "In Albrecht, the Supreme Court Holds That Judges, Not Juries, Decide Whether the "Clear Evidence" Preemption Standard is Met," Co-Author, Legal Alert, May 2019
  • “Clinical Trials: 2018 Litigation and Guidance Roundup,” Co-Author, Law360, January 2019
  • "Guest Post − Peering Behind the Curtain: Taking a Closer Look at Peer Review and Predatory Journals" Author, Drug and Device Blog, December 2018
  • "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