David Willis, a trial attorney with more than 30 years of litigation experience, focuses his national practice in the defense of public and private corporations in the areas of complex tort, commercial, employment, environmental, franchise, food and beverage, healthcare, hospitality and transportation law. David also handles professional liability matters in the defense of health care providers and national and regional health care institutions. He has extensive multi-jurisdictional trial experience and has tried to verdict over 100 cases in over a dozen state and federal courts. David’s experience also includes conducting internal corporate investigations, including those involving sexual harassment and gender and racial discrimination.
Utilizing his extensive legal background and business acumen to partner with his clients, David develops custom models that focus on achieving results while reducing litigation costs. David’s approach enables clients to focus on the core aspects of their business while effectively and cost-efficiently managing litigation. This network of experts is readily available to provide clients with a response team capable of conducting investigations of catastrophic incidents within the critical initial 24 hours. Areas of expertise represented in this network include accident reconstruction, bio-mechanics, human factors, vocational rehabilitation, economics, and numerous medical disciplines. This emphasis on early assessment allows clients to make informed strategic decisions while the team approach ensures a comprehensive and consistent investigation, including proper document retention protected by work-product and attorney-client privileges. Another crucial part of the program is a coordinated discovery approach, which achieves consistency across multiple jurisdictions. Through this approach, David has saved his clients millions of dollars.
David previously served as national counsel to a Fortune 500 company, where he was responsible for all phases of litigation – from pre-suit investigations through appeals, as well as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 corporation. Prior to serving in-house, David worked for a national law firm concentrating in personal injury and labor law. He also previously served as a special assistant attorney general for Rhode Island for more than four years, during which he tried nearly 50 jury trials.