Russ Wofford2018-08-28T21:53:10+00:00

Russ Wofford

For over 25 years Russ Wofford has litigated business disputes of a range of complexity and exposure, for both defendants and plaintiffs. He has handled antitrust, breach-of-contract, unfair competition, restrictive covenant, product liability and other matters. He counsels Fortune 500 and smaller companies on compliance and risk-management issues, and has drafted critical commercial contracts for some of the largest companies in the US. At one time or another he has been included on every list of prominent practitioners – from Chambers to Super Lawyers to Best Lawyers in America – is an American Bar Association Fellow (limited to 0.2% of all practicing lawyers), and belongs by invitation to the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Before attending law school at the University of Chicago, Russ graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, served as a Ranger-qualified Infantry platoon leader for the U.S. Army’s Rapid Deployment Force, and received a master’s degree in political philosophy from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Russ is married with three boys, and in his spare time is active in a number of religious and civic organizations

Client Results

Won a product liability jury trial in state court for the largest U.S. automobile manufacturer; plaintiff was seeking punitive damages.

Won an appeal, before a state supreme court, of a jury verdict of 130 million dollars.

Argued and won an appeal before the 11th Circuit, preserving a trial victory for a Fortune 50 company.

Represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer in two birth defect cases in Philadelphia: in one, the court directed a verdict for our client; in the other, the jury’s verdict was less than the plaintiff’s actual medical costs.

Represented a manufacturer in proceedings before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); after eight months of submissions, NHTSA determined there was no evidence of defect and denied a recall petition.

Obtained a directed verdict during trial from a federal district court on a Daubert motion; appellants dismissed their case after oral argument in the Eleventh Circuit.

Tried a multi-week wrongful death case and received from plaintiffs’ counsel — the day before closings were to begin — a stipulation of dismissal.

In a mass tort representation for a healthcare client, obtained “no pay” dismissals by motion and by negotiation of all thirteen cases pending in western Pennsylvania.

Served as national coordinating counsel for two Fortune 100 companies jointly defending more than 55,000 asbestos claims; also served those clients both as national motions counsel and as trial counsel.

Won a motion to defeat creation of a multi-district litigation (MDL) case; argued before the Joint Panel on Multi-District Litigation (JPML).