William L. Waudby Partner

     

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Bill Waudby has more than 25 years of civil jury trial and appellate experience, with an emphasis on transportation, products liability, chemical and toxic tort, unfair competition and commercial litigation. He is an experienced trial lawyer with numerous jury trials and preliminary injunction hearings in state and federal courts in Alabama. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Bill is able to analyze technical and scientific details relevant to his cases and explain them to judges and juries.

Areas of Focus

Transportation
Bill routinely defends motor carriers in claims involving serious tractor-trailer accidents and catastrophic injuries. He advises clients on compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and is a member of the firm’s 24-Hour Emergency Response Team, a group of attorneys dedicated to providing rapid post-accident intervention and investigation. 

Product Liability
Bill defends manufacturers and suppliers of heavy equipment, industrial machinery and consumer products in personal injury, wrongful death and warranty cases. Additionally, he counsels companies on product safety, product recalls and compliance with regulatory standards. 

Toxic Tort and Environmental
Bill also regularly defends product manufacturers, suppliers and premises owners in environmental and toxic tort litigation. Many of his cases involve occupational exposures to asbestos, benzene, toxic fumes, and chemicals of all types. His practice routinely intersects with industrial hygiene, toxicology, medicine, and state-of-the-art and complex science.

Representative Matters

Defense jury verdict in personal injury action alleging a design defect in heavy mobile equipment.

Directed verdict for medical device manufacturer in wrongful death action at close of plaintiff's case.

Obtained dismissals for Fortune 100 manufacturers in numerous death and catastrophic injury cases alleging design, manufacturing and warning defects.

Successfully litigated and negotiated inventories of asbestos claims in Alabama, Texas and Multidistrict Litigation for premises owners.

Obtained summary judgment for aviation manufacturer based on the government contractor defense.

Lead counsel for manufacturer in two recalls with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Won summary judgment for a regional surface transportation company in a multimillion-dollar case arising out of a rear-end collision between commercial tractor trailers involving an alleged neck injury that resulted in permanent paralysis. 

Favorably settled a leg-off personal injury case during trial for the defendant-employer, involving an issue of first impression under Alabama's workers' compensation exclusivity provisions. 

Obtained a preliminary injunction following a four-day bench trial, enjoining a former employee and his new employer from continued solicitation of customers and employees. 

Obtained a jury verdict for the defendant-manufacturer in a personal injury action alleging design defects in earth-moving equipment. 

Defended a mobile home manufacturer in a punitive class-wide arbitration and individual arbitrations over disputed Housing and Urban Development violations and mold claims. 

Successfully represented a surface mining company, resulting in the Mine Safety and Health Administration vacating and reducing many safety standard citations and orders.