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Paul D. Williams

Of Counsel

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Overview

Paul Williams, an experienced trial lawyer, defends businesses and individuals against complex torts claims, including product liability, professional negligence and commercial litigation matters. He has represented institutional and corporate "target" defendants before juries in cases involving:

  • Technical and product liability claims
  • Catastrophic personal injury, including death and brain injury
  • Sexual abuse
  • Corporate conduct, such as breach of contract and unfair trade practices

Paul has tried cases to verdict and judgment in state and federal courts in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts. He has been statewide trial counsel for a major automobile manufacturer on all high-exposure automobile lessor litigation, and has represented corporate defendants throughout the United States, including serving as national litigation counsel for a major chemical manufacturer in toxic tort and class action litigation. Paul also represents religious, charitable and educational organizations in lawsuits and claims of breach of fiduciary and/or statutory duties.

Paul has been published and regularly speaks on trial law issues. He is very active in professional organizations for trial lawyers. He was selected to be a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is extended by invitation only to less than one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province who have "mastered the art of advocacy," amongst other qualifications. He serves on its Complex Litigation Committee, is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is certified as a trial and pretrial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Experience

Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of a boat engine manufacturer in a jury trial in the Complex Litigation Docket involving a products liability claim which resulted in the death of two individuals and seriously injuring two others

Obtained numerous defense verdicts in jury trials on behalf of product manufacturers involving claims of defective design and manufacture involving seatbelts, airbags, passive resistance systems, ABS systems, seat design, axles, and crashworthiness claims

Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of a truck manufacturer in the U.S. District Court involving three deaths and claims of product defect

Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of a hospital in a three-month jury trial involving a misdiagnosis of a brain tumor

Obtained a complete defense verdict for a cruise line in a three-week jury trial in federal court involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and intentional interference with contract relationships

Obtained a complete defense verdict for an automobile manufacturer in a six-week jury trial in state court involving claims of breach of franchise agreement, unfair and deceptive business practices, and fraud

Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of a pediatrician in a wrongful death jury trial involving claims of failure to diagnose medical conditions in a 24-month-old child

Obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of a surgeon in a five-week jury trial involving claims of negligent surgery on an ankle resulting in permanent disability and reflex sympathetic dystrophy

Obtained a defense judgment in a class action brought in New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division, against a product manufacturer involving claims of deceptive trade practices

Served as trial counsel for a major medical center defending over 160 lawsuits involving allegations of child sexual abuse by a former employee

Served as trial counsel for a major rating company in defense of a $75 Million claim brought by a hedge fund

Insights

Education and Credentials

Education
Brooklyn Law School, J.D.,

cum laude

City College of New York, B.A.
Admissions
State of Connecticut
State of New York
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Supreme Court
Mohegan Tribal Court
Affiliations
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, Former Connecticut State Chair
American Board of Trial Advocates, Connecticut Chapter, President
Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, Past President and Chairman
Connecticut Bar Association, Litigation Section, Member
Connecticut Judicial Branch, Jury Selection Task Force, Co-Chair
Defense Research Institute, past Connecticut State representative and member
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Connecticut Bar Foundation, James W. Cooper Fellow
National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy, Certified Pretrial Practice Advocate
National Board of Civil Trial Practice Advocacy, Certified Civil Trial Practice Advocate
Connecticut Judicial Branch Jury Selection Task Force, Committee Member
National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Quinnipiac University, Faculty, March 2001 - March 2005
American Board of Trial Advocates, "Masters of Trial" Seminar, Faculty Member, April 1999; April 2002

Recognition and Community

Recognition

Selected as the Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year for the Hartford Metro Area by The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), 2023

Selected to the list of Connecticut Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Civil Litigation: Defense, 2006-2022

Selected to the list of the top 10 Connecticut Super Lawyers Top Attorneys (Thompson Reuters), 2019-2021

Selected to the list of the Top 100 New England Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2019

Recognized as a "Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, 2021-2022

Chosen for inclusion in Chambers USA Legal Directory (Chambers & Partners) as a leading litigation: general commercial attorney in Connecticut, 2018

Selected as the Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Lawyer of the Year for Connecticut by The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), 2018

Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Commercial Litigation, 2015-2023, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, 2016-2023, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2017-2023

Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers

Advocate of the American Board of Trial Attorneys

Member of Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

Recognized as a leading litigation practitioner in Benchmark: Litigation, the Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys (Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC), 2015

Selected by Peer Recognition, Top Attorneys in New England, 2012

Recipient of the American College of Trial Lawyers Outstanding Leadership Award, October 2012

Recipient of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association President's Award of Excellence, presented to a civil defense attorney who has provided outstanding and distinguished service and contribution to the defense bar, excellence in practice, and the development and furtherance of the fair administration of justice and application of law to society, 2008

Recipient of the 1999 Defense Research Institute Exceptional Performance Citation

AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell (LexisNexis)

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Community

Saint Francis Hospital Foundation, Corporator

Hartford Habitat for Humanity, Past Board Member

Foodshare Regional Food Bank, Past Board Member and Officer

Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools, Former Trustee

Product Liability Advisory Council, Former Member