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For over 30 years, Will Auther has concentrated his litigation practice in the areas of product liability, construction, toxic tort and business litigation. Will serves as national and lead trial counsel for a variety of Fortune 500 companies in a wide range of industries.

Defending technology is one of Will’s strengths. His client work focuses predominantly on complex corporate litigation including the defense of product defect claims and business disputes. His clients cross the entire spectrum of industries from transportation, construction, chemical, pharmaceutical, mechanical, high tech start-ups, banking and finance. 

Additionally, Will routinely handles complex commercial litigation matters including dealer/vendor disputes, construction disputes, contract disputes and financial litigation. Among his many high-profile litigation cases, Will has also defended manufacturers in consumer fraud class actions and has managed national portfolios of cases reducing case counts to lowest levels in years. 


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Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 1992
  • Wyoming, 2021

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 1992
    cum laude
    Dean's List
    School of Law Merit Scholarship, Fall 1991
  • Santa Clara University, B.S., 1989
    cum laude
    Dean's List
    Combined Sciences, Emphasis in Chemistry and Biology

Professional Associations

    • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
      —Board of Directors, 2004 – 2008
    • Arizona Supreme Court
      —Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review, 2012
    • Defense Research Institute
      —Product Liability Committee
      —Commercial Litigation Committee
      —Class Actions SLG
      —Financial Institutions and Creditors Rights SLG
      —D&O and E&O Litigation SLG
    • American Bar Association
      Litigation Section
    • State Bar of Arizona, Trial Practice Section
      —Executive Council, 2014 – Present
      President, 2008 – 2009
      —Civil Jury Instructions Committee, 2001 – 2004
    • Arizona College of Trial Advocacy
      —Faculty 2004 – Present
      —Co-Chair, 2008
    • Arizona Town Hall
    • University of Arizona
      —James E. Rogers College of Law, Board of Visitors


    • The Legal 500
      —Named in Litigation: Product Liability Defense, Toxic Tort, 2021 – 2023
    • The Phoenix Business Journal
      —40 Under 40, 2004
    • Arizona Attorney Magazine
      —Top 5 Verdicts in 2006
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Southwest Super Lawyers, 2011 – 2013, 2015 – 2018 

Recent Verdicts & Case Studies


Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • "Trial Ethics: Publicity & Social Media Impact, Including Research of Potential Jurors, Opposing Parties & Witnesses," Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel - Arizona Chapter CLE, Phoenix, AZ, May 2016
  • "Cybersecurity Threats and Client Confidential Data: Navigating Risks and Ethical Obligations," Co-Presenter, EDRM Webinar, May 2016
  • "Trial Ethics: It’s All About the Witness: Preparing Corporate Witnesses, Turncoats & Compensation of Outside Experts," Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel - Arizona Chapter CLE, Phoenix, AZ,
    April 2016
  • "How Your Clients Confidential Data Will Be Compromised – Or Not?" Sedona Conference Track at Ipro’s Innovations Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, April 2016
  • "Regulatory Update from CPSC, Health Canada and Australian Consumer Commission and Changing Product Standards including ROHVA, Slow Speed Vehicles and OPEI," Client Presentation, March 2016
  • "Trial Ethics: Unmeritorious Claims & Contentions, Threatening Disciplinary Claims on Opposing Parties & Judges," Presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel - Arizona Chapter CLE, Phoenix, AZ,
    March 2016
  • "Looking Ahead: ATV and Side by Side Regulatory Activities – What Will the Future Hold?" Client Presentation, November 2015
  • Demonstration of Cross Examination of Plaintiff Expert Witness, Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, August 2012
  • "Courtroom Technology and Effective Communication," CLE by the Sea, State Bar of Arizona, July 2012
  • "Get Paid What You Deserve - By Managing the Change Order Process," National Association of Home Builders, February 2012
  • Legislative Update, Arizona Chapter, Arizona Paralegal Association, September 2011
  • "Matter Based Budgeting," International Legal Technology Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, August 23, 2010
  • Demonstration of Cross Examination of Plaintiff Expert Witness, Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, July 2010 
  • "Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices," National Business Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, June 29, 2010
  • "Alternative Fee Arrangements," LSSO Raindance Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 9, 2010
  • "Class Actions," ExecSense Webinar, February 19, 2010
  • Demonstration of Defense Opening Statement, College of Trial Advocacy, July 28-29, 2009
  • "Arizona Product Liability Law Issues," Faculty, Phoenix ACC Seminar, June 16, 2009
  • "Trial Advocacy Today," Faculty, State Bar of Arizona, June 4, 2009
  • In-House/Outside Counsel Panel Discussion, Maricopa County Bar Association, April 29, 2009
  • "Narouz v. Charter Comm., LLC (9th Cir. Jan. 15, 2010) The Instant Impact on Litigators and the Effect of Settling with the Class Representative on the Appealability of Class Certification Denial" (with Robert L. Wise and Pamela J. Roberts), ExecSense Webinars, February 19, 2010
  • "Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Arizona," Faculty, Lorman, 2008
  • "Everything You Need to Know About Settlements in Arizona," Faculty, The Ins and Outs of Minor Settlements, National Business Institute, 2008
  • "Expert Deposition Techniques," Faculty, National Business Institute, 2008
  • "Taking and Defending Expert Depositions," National Business Institute, 2008
  • "What Lawyers Can Learn From Actors – Storytelling," Seminar Chair, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, 2008
  • "Significance and Proper Use of Voir Dire," Seminar Chair, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, 2008
  • "Best Practices in Product Liability Trials," Faculty, National Business Institute, 2007
  • "Emerging Issues in Automotive Product Liability," Faculty, Mock Trial, American Bar Association, 2005
  • "Arizona Product Liability Law," Faculty, National Business Institute, 2004
  • "Cross Examination of Experts," National Business Institute, 2004
  • "Civil Jury Instructions," Faculty, State Bar of Arizona Annual Convention, 2003 – 2004


  • "Arizona Supreme Court Rejects "Generalized Duty," Consequences May Follow,” Client Alert, Co-Author, May 2018
  • "New CPSC Database - Admissible in the Courtroom?," DRI Today, April 2012
  • "CPSIA Update: Final Rule Amending Mandatory ATV Standard to Reference ANSI/SVIA I-2010," DRI Today, February 2012
  • "International Corporations Have Big Stake in Supreme Court Case," DRI Today, December 2011
  • "Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Retires, Leaving Two Democrats and Two Republicans," DRI Today, December 2011
  • "Seventh Circuit Sets Standard for Denying Class Certification Based on Inadequate Representation," DRI Today, December 2011
  • "Manufacturers Beware: First Circuit Says Massachusetts Plaintiffs Need Not Prove Feasible Alternative Design," DRI Today, December 2011
  • "After a Close Vote, Children's Products Must Now Be Third-Party Tested," DRI Today, December, 2011
  • "All Eyes on 'Company Doe': Taking on the Consumer Product Safety Commission Database," DRI Today, November 2011
  • "Regulators Release Volcker Rule for Public Comment - Banks Will Likely Have Plenty," DRI Today, October 2011
  • "The Future Implications of Southwest Fiduciary, Inc. and Flynn v. AHCCCS," Maricopa Lawyer, June, 2011
  • "Future Implications of Medical Liens, AHCCCS Case," (with Amanda Pyper), Maricopa Lawyer, June 2011
  • "Integration Doctrine at Risk for Manufacturers in New Jersey" (with Charles Schoenwetter and Mary Kranzow), ABA Construction Litigation, December 8, 2010
  • "How Settling With Class Representatives Impacts Class-Certification Denial Appeals," In-House Defense Quarterly, Summer 2010
  • "Nothing’s Over Until We Decide It Is - How Settling with Class Representatives Impacts Class-Certification Denial Appeals" (with Robert L. Wise), In-House Defense Quarterly, Summer 2010
  • "CPSIA: Not The Last Word on Preemption," January 2010
  • "New Guidance on the Enforceability of Limitation of Liability Provisions," Co-Author, Critical Path, Summer 2009 (Co-Author)
  • "Preemption as a First Line of Defense Against State Law Tort Claims for Product Liability Defendants?" Association of Corporate Counsel, Arizona Chapter, First Quarter, 2009
  • "Citizen's Suits, Arizona Environmental Law Manual," State Bar of Arizona, 1994
  • "Cross-Border Environmental Law Enforcement"
  • "Arbitration Agreements: When Will They be Enforced?"
  • "Removal to Federal Court: When Does the Time Begin to Run?"