White and Williams has been at the forefront of defending product manufacturers since the inception of products liability law 100 years ago. Our vast institutional knowledge, skill and experience have provided optimal results for regional and national manufacturers in state and federal courts throughout the country. Whether we are retained directly by the manufacturer/designer or in collaboration with their insurance carriers, we understand that products liability cases are high-stakes litigation that strike at the heart of a company. The product we are defending is often the reason the company exists. We learn the product from concept to consumer - how it was conceived, designed, manufactured, made safe and sold. 

We work early on and closely with management, in-house counsel and insurance representatives to design and implement a litigation strategy that meets aligns with the client's business objectives. When needed, we employ our vast nationwide network of trial-tested experts and call upon our deep bench of experience to avoid “learning curve” costs. And, whenever possible, we provide litigation prevention strategies to help you avoid lawsuits altogether.

Manufacturer liability is rapidly evolving with the traditional defect and warning claims frequently being supplemented with fraud, misrepresentation, spoliation and punitive damage claims. We have experience handling the unique issues presented by product recalls and understand how these issues impact litigation. We have extensive, successful experience defending these sensational claims within traditional and mass tort litigation throughout the country and returning the focus back to the product where it rightfully belongs.

We take pride in the fact that we have provided these services for start-ups to the global manufacturers. Our long history includes representing national and international manufacturers of motor vehicles, chemicals, heavy construction equipment, industrial machinery, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, aircraft component parts, complex electronic equipment, construction materials, power tools, outdoor power equipment, home appliances, and sporting goods equipment.  

Toxic Torts and Environmental

We represent numerous manufacturers and suppliers in litigation involving third-party claims for personal injury, medical monitoring and property damage.

We represent clients as PRPs in government-driven Superfund litigation, and as both plaintiffs and defendants in private cost-recovery cleanup actions.

We counsel clients on a wide variety of regulatory and compliance matters that arise in both transactional settings and in day-today business operations.

We have had the privilege of litigating — and trying to verdict — some of the most prominent toxic tort and environmental cases over the past thirty years.  We consider ourselves trial lawyers, not just litigators. For example, we tried  — and won — one of the first medical monitoring trials. We also tried — and won — one of the first stigma property damages trials and have successfully fought class certification in toxic and mass tort litigation for decades. 


White and Williams is an acknowledged leader in the asbestos personal injury, property damage and medical monitoring litigation. Our firm has been actively involved in the aggressive management of this difficult litigation since the 1970's on behalf of both individual companies and defense groups such as the Asbestos Claims Facility (Wellington Defendants). We have served in the capacity as national counsel, regional counsel, and local counsel for multiple clients with diverse interests. We are at the forefront of the development of “state of the art” medical defense issues such as the medical evidence supporting the association of simian virus 40 polio vaccine (SV40) in the etiology of human mesothelioma. 

Historically, we spearheaded the utilization of case management orders in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas systems for asbestos cases. These efforts resulted in “master” pre-trial pleadings and discovery procedures which have lead to increased efficiencies and tremendous monetary savings for our clients.

We serve as the coordinator for the defense medical expert preparation of all asbestos personal injury litigation in the Philadelphia area and administer the defense medical cost-sharing program involving over 70 participants. 


White and Williams has a proud history of being recognized as one of the leading law firms in the country in the defense of medical monitoring claims. We successfully tried the first medical monitoring claims to go to verdict before a jury (In re: Paoli RR Yard PCB Litigation). Our lawyers have written extensively on the subject, including a monograph published by the National Legal Center for the Public Interest. We have lectured on the subject before the American Bar Association, The American Chemistry Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. We have been asked to submit appellate briefs amicus curiae on medical monitoring. Our attorneys are conversant in the medical and scientific principles that underlie medical monitoring claims and have a proven track record of success in attacking plaintiffs’ experts in Daubert and Frye hearings, and developing defense medical monitoring experts from the leading medical institutions in America. 


We represent property owners, landlords and managers of office buildings and housing complexes throughout the Mid-Atlantic region in personal injury claims associated with mold exposure. In addition, we handle coverage disputes, first party property damage claims and subrogation matters on a regional and national basis for a number of major insurers.

We staff our mold cases with aggressive and highly successful trial and appellate lawyers who deliver representation of the highest caliber. Our lawyers bring extensive experience in handling other toxic tort litigation, construction defect litigation, complex commercial litigation and large-scale insurance coverage matters. Our lawyers are well versed in the complex and developing medical and scientific state-of-the art so vitally important in this area. We work with leading experts and researchers across the country in the disciplines of immunology, mycotoxicology, industrial hygiene and neuropsychology. Further, we have gained close familiarity with the group of witnesses repeatedly retained by our opponents and routinely prosecute Daubert and Frye


Representative Matters

  • Represented international sporting goods manufacturer defending a youth baseball aluminum bat which allegedly permitted dangerous batted ball speeds. Plaintiff was a 12-year-old male pitcher hit in the chest with a batted ball causing commotio cordis (extremely rare condition whereby heart stops) and subsequent catastrophic brain injury. Settled on the eve of trial after dismissal of all fraud and misrepresentation claims, mediation and mock trial. (Superior Court of New Jersey, Passaic County)   
  • Represented international furniture retailer/manufacturer defending bedroom chest which toppled onto 3-year-old female causing her death. Settled at mediation. )Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County)
  • Represented international clothing manufacturer defending flammable fabrics claim involving a severely burned 7-year-old boy. Obtained summary judgment on behalf of our client; remaining defendants, including another clothing manufacturer, settled on the eve of trial. (Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County)
  • Represented national manufacturer of residential and commercial water heaters defending claims of catastrophic property damages. Resolved for nominal amount during the pendency of dispositive motions seeking dismissal of the products liability claim. (Superior Court of New Jersey, Cape May County)
  • Represented international automobile company in multiple cases involving alleged defective design resulting in vehicle rollovers causing numerous fatalities in a foreign country. Cases settled at mediation following significant motion practice in both the trial court and the Supreme Court of Delaware)
  • Represented manufacturer defending handgun discharged by 15-year-old male at 8-year-old plaintiff resulting in significant head and brain injuries. Settled on eve of trial. )Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County)
  • Represented international manufacturer of industrial refrigeration systems defending equipment which allegedly discharged refrigerant and damaged millions of dollars of inventory of stored product. Favorable jury trial verdict and appeal. (Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County)
  • Represented manufacturer defending cherry picker which allegedly caused electrocution of plaintiff electrician and permanent neurological disabilities. Retained during expert discovery as lead counsel. Settled at mediation. (Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County)
  • Represented manufacturer defending industrial packaging materials which allegedly ruptured causing a 29-year-old female forklift operator to sustain spinal crush injuries rendering her wheelchair-bound. Settled during trial. (Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Westmoreland County)
  • Represented national manufacturer defending underground propane tank which allegedly leaked causing a home to explode, killing a 32-year-old father of two. Settled during trial. (Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County)
  • Represented national manufacturer defending baler which was allegedly defectively designed permitting a worker to bypass safety mechanisms which led to catastrophic crush injuries and death. Settled for nominal amount early in discovery. (U.S. District Court for Eastern District of New York)
  • Represented manufacturer of bottle labeling machine operating in Philadelphia brewery. Defense verdict. (U.S. District Court. for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania)
  • Obtained dismissal of over 35 lawsuits on behalf of international manufacturer in toxic tort matters involving environmental exposure to asbestos containing products. (Superior Court of Delaware, New Castle County)


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