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Gwyn Williams leads the firm’s product liability, mass torts, and consumer class actions litigation practice, drawing on nearly three decades of experience in a full range of courts.
Ms. Williams regularly defends clients in litigation related to:
- Consumer class actions
- Consumer protection statues
- Mass and toxic torts
- Product liability claims
- Personal injury / wrongful death claims
- Complex commercial disputes
Her clients include manufacturers of retail products (including cigarettes), industrial products, and a wide range of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, as well as financial services companies.
She has handled complex, multi-defendant, and class action cases in nearly every combination of venues, including state and federal trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies across the United States and Canada.
Ms. Williams also regularly advises private equity firms and operating companies on diligence and liability risk assessment in the context of corporate transactions (including asbestos-related risk). She draws on her litigation experience across industries to counsel clients on product warnings, risk management, disclaimers of warranties, and indemnification strategies.
Ms. Williams deftly helps clients navigate complex cases, often coordinating or collaborating with multi-defendant legal teams across jurisdictions. As clients pursue changing business objectives throughout the course of long-running litigation, Ms. Williams carefully calibrates litigation strategy and joint defense positions accordingly.
Leadership and Pro Bono
Ms. Williams serves on the global steering committee of Latham’s Women Enriching Business (WEB) initiative, and maintains an active pro bono practice, particularly focusing on juvenile justice and child welfare protection. Ms. Williams has been appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and represents the Department of Children and Families in appeals before the Massachusetts Court of Appeals.
She frequently speaks at industry events and writes on issues relating to products liability and consumer class action defense, and issues relating to women in the legal profession. A Hotchkiss School alumna, she serves on the Board of Trustees and chairs the Board’s Development Committee.
Benchmark Litigation 2023
Named to Lawdragon 500 2021-2022, an annual list of leading lawyers in America
Leading Lawyer – Product Liability Litigation: Defendants
The Best Lawyers in America 2020
Leading Lawyer – Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Action: Defense category for Consumer Products and Toxic Tort
The Legal 500 US 2014-2022
Women Worth Watching
Profile in Diversity Journal 2017