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

National trial counsel for a large U.S. manufacturer of household fixtures; have represented the company in numerous wrongful death and brain injury suits.

Regulatory counsel for clients involved in proceedings before the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) concerning safety standards, ongoing and completed recalls, and accident investigations.

Won a multi-week jury trial in federal court for the largest petrochemical company in the world.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.