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

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.

Obtained a directed verdict during trial from a federal district court on a Daubert motion; appellants dismissed their case after oral argument in the Eleventh Circuit.

Argued and won an appeal before the 11th Circuit, preserving a trial victory for a Fortune 50 company.

Tried an employment class action lawsuit in federal court on behalf of 40+ plaintiffs; defendants asked to settle case during trial.

Represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer in two birth defect cases in Philadelphia: in one, the court directed a verdict for our client; in the other, the jury’s verdict was less than the plaintiff’s actual medical costs.

Represented a manufacturer in proceedings before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); after eight months of submissions, NHTSA determined there was no evidence of defect and denied a recall petition.

In a mass tort representation for a healthcare client, obtained “no pay” dismissals by motion and by negotiation of all thirteen cases pending in western Pennsylvania.

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

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

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