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David M. Woods

Partner

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.

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

  • Irimi v. RJR Reynolds, et al. (Broward County, Florida 2014) – Achieved favorable verdict, including no punitive damages as lead trial counsel for major tobacco company in wrongful death Engle Progeny jury trial.
  • Cohen v. RJR Reynolds, et al. (Palm Beach County, Florida 2013) - Lead trial counsel in multi-defendant wrongful death Engle Progeny case. Won motion for new trial based on improper conduct of opposing counsel during closing argument.
  • Sury v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., et al. (Jacksonville, Florida 2011) – Achieved good results including no punitive damage as lead trial counsel in wrongful death Engle Progeny jury trial.
  • First Engle Progeny case tried in Jacksonville for major tobacco company (Jacksonville, Florida 2011).
  • VanDenBurg v. Philip Morris (Independence, Missouri 2006) - Trial counsel in smoking and health case that was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly in its list of most significant defense verdicts in 2006.
  • Apostolou v. Lorillard, et al., One of first individual smoking and Health cases (New York, New York 2001) - Received a defense verdict in one of the first individual smoking and health cases tried in a bifurcated procedure.
  • Anderson v. R.J. Reynolds, et al. (New York, New York 2000) - Received a defense verdict in one of the first individual smoking and health cases tried in New York City.
  • Williams v. Philip Morris (Portland, Oregon 1999) - Litigated to the United States Supreme Court and resulted in a landmark ruling on punitive damage limitations.

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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