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William S. Ohlemeyer


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Product Liability


University of Missouri School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1984; Missouri Law Review; Order of the Coif

University of Missouri, B.S., Business Administration and Marketing, 1981


Hon. Scott O. Wright, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1984-1986


New York and Missouri

Bill Ohlemeyer is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.  His main practice area is complex litigation, with an emphasis on mass torts, product liability, class actions and federal multidistrict litigation. He has extensive experience managing and trying large-scale litigation in state and federal courts across the country.

Mr. Ohlemeyer was formerly Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Altria Group, Inc., where he was responsible for coordination of the litigation issues facing the Altria group of companies. After joining Altria in 1999, Mr. Ohlemeyer worked closely with management, investors, outside counsel, and the media in an effort to successfully manage the variety of legal challenges facing Altria and its operating companies, in particular tobacco products liability litigation. Prior to joining Altria, Mr. Ohlemeyer was a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, where he successfully defended product liability cases tried to verdict in state and federal courts across the country. Before he turned 40, the National Law Journal selected him as one of the nation's ten top trial lawyers.

Mr. Ohlemeyer is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Columbia Law School, where he is a Lecturer-in-Law on Mass Torts. He was a panelist at the 2006 Eighth Annual Sedona Conference on Complex Litigation and the 2007 Aspen Institute Justice and Society Seminar.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greenwich Country Day School, and also Co-President of the Board of Governors of the Little Orchestra Society, New York's oldest teaching orchestra.

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