David Woods is a trial attorney with extensive experience in all aspects of large scale, multi-defendant product liability litigation. He is managing partner of Hughes Hubbard’s Kansas City office and is also a member of the firm’s highest governing body, the Executive Committee. Mr. Woods has represented clients in high-profile state and federal litigation throughout the country, and has served as national coordinating counsel and lead trial counsel for Fortune 500 companies. He has extensive experience in handling complex disputes involving legal, scientific and medical issues. He holds a degree in Biology that has proven invaluable in helping him understand the complex scientific and medical issues that are integral to these types of litigations.
In recent years, Mr. Woods has litigated and tried a number of cases on behalf of tobacco companies. His most recent trials have been “Engle Progeny” cases that have been tried throughout the state of Florida. He was on the team that tried Williams v. Philip Morris in 1999, which was litigated to the United States Supreme Court and resulted in a landmark ruling on punitive damage limitations. He also helped try to a defense verdict Vandenburg v. Philip Morris, which was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in its list of most significant defense verdicts in 2006. Currently, he is lead trial lawyer for a major tobacco company in cases nationwide.
Mr. Woods is the recipient of Missouri Lawyers Weekly Law Firm Leaders Award for 2014, which recognizes leaders who made the biggest impact to the law and legal world in the preceding year.