Russ Wofford 2018-08-28T21:53:10+00:00

Russ Wofford

For over 25 years Russ Wofford has litigated business disputes of a range of complexity and exposure, for both defendants and plaintiffs. He has handled antitrust, breach-of-contract, unfair competition, restrictive covenant, product liability and other matters. He counsels Fortune 500 and smaller companies on compliance and risk-management issues, and has drafted critical commercial contracts for some of the largest companies in the US. At one time or another he has been included on every list of prominent practitioners – from Chambers to Super Lawyers to Best Lawyers in America – is an American Bar Association Fellow (limited to 0.2% of all practicing lawyers), and belongs by invitation to the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Before attending law school at the University of Chicago, Russ graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, served as a Ranger-qualified Infantry platoon leader for the U.S. Army’s Rapid Deployment Force, and received a master’s degree in political philosophy from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Russ is married with three boys, and in his spare time is active in a number of religious and civic organizations

Client Results

Regulatory counsel for clients involved in proceedings before the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) concerning safety standards, ongoing and completed recalls, and accident investigations.

Served as national counsel for a client sued in more than 300 cases, many alleging wrongful death, following the company’s recall of more than a dozen of its products. Resolved the entire docket of cases in less than two years through “no pay” dismissals, motions practice, and the remainder were resolved at values acceptable to the client.

Won a multi-week jury trial in federal court for the largest petrochemical company in the world.

Won a motion to defeat creation of a multi-district litigation (MDL) case; argued before the Joint Panel on Multi-District Litigation (JPML).

Served as national coordinating counsel for two Fortune 100 companies jointly defending more than 55,000 asbestos claims; also served those clients both as national motions counsel and as trial counsel.

Represented a pharmaceutical client in a suit brought by the state of Alabama, alleging fraud in Medicaid-related drug prices. The Supreme Court of Alabama found for the manufacturer on all counts.

Obtained summary judgment in a wrongful death case, seeking eight figures in damages, for a Fortune 500 client.

Won a product liability jury trial in state court for the largest U.S. automobile manufacturer; plaintiff was seeking punitive damages.

Won an appeal, before a state supreme court, of a jury verdict of 130 million dollars.

Won a two week-long jury trial in federal court for a Fortune 25 company; plaintiff alleged the company’s products caused cancer.