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

Tried a two month-long case for a medical device manufacturer which resulted in a defense verdict as to plaintiff’s claims.

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.

Overturned on appeal, before a state supreme court, a jury verdict of $150,000,000.

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.

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.

Served as national counsel for a client sued in more than 300 cases, many alleging wrongful death, following the company’s recall of more than a dozen of its products. Resolved the entire docket of cases in less than two years through “no pay” dismissals, motions practice, and the remainder were resolved at values acceptable to the client.

Represented a pharmaceutical client in a suit brought by the state of Alabama, alleging fraud in Medicaid-related drug prices. The Supreme Court of Alabama found for the manufacturer on all counts.

Obtained summary judgment in a wrongful death case, seeking eight figures in damages, for a Fortune 500 client.

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

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.