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David M. Woods


David Woods is a trial attorney with experience in all aspects of large scale, multi-defendant products liability and personal injury litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. Mr. Woods has extensive experience in handling complex disputes involving legal, scientific and medical issues. He has a degree in Biology that has proved invaluable in helping him understand the complex 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 different tobacco companies, including long-time client Lorillard. 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. More recently, Mr. Woods has tried several "Engle Progeny" cases on behalf of Lorillard Tobacco Company.

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, The Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Member, The Missouri Bar

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Practice Groups and Other Information

Education Information

  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 1995
    With High Distinction
  • University of Iowa, B.A., Biology, 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Missouri

Highlighted Matters

  • Cohen v. RJR Reynolds, et al. (Palm Beach County, Florida 2013)
  • Mrozek v. Lorillard Tobacco Company (Jacksonville, Florida 2011)
  • Sury v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al. (Jacksonville, Florida 2011)
  • VanDenBurg v. Philip Morris (Independence, Missouri 2006)
  • Anderson v. R.J. Reynolds, et al. (New York, New York 2006)
  • Apostolou v. Lorillard (New York, New York 2000-2001)
  • Williams v. Philip Morris (Portland, Oregon 1999)

Highlighted Publications

  • Company Witnesses: Fact or Expert? Or Both? For the Defense, (July 2006).
  • Company Employees as Expert Witnesses- Legal Considerations (April 2006).
  • E-Discovery of Individual Plaintiffs: The Sword, The Shield, and The Golden Rule (March 2005).
  • Conflict Preemption- Recent Developments (May 2004).
  • Legal Issues Update- Preemption (October 2002).
  • Legal Issues Update- New Preemption and First Amendment Arguments (November 2001).
  • Cumulative Supplement to Rule 70: Instructions Missouri Civil Procedure (with Robert T. Adams and Robert D. Homolka) (2nd ed. 2006).

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