William S. Ohlemeyer
Areas of Practice
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's 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. Mr. Ohlemeyer is currently a member of the Sedona Group Punitive Damages Working Group. 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.
Selected Publications and Presentations
The Wall Street Journal: Law Blog, March 3, 2008
A Conversation With David Boies and His Newest Weapon
Corporate Counsel, October 26, 2005
What the Billion-Dollar Man Wants From Outside Litigators
The Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2005
New Tactics at Philip Morris Help Stem Tide of Lawsuits
54 BSF Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers in 2013 Super Lawyers Magazine (2013 Super Lawyers)
The BSF Report: Spring 2013 (03.08.2013)
Sixteen BSF Attorneys Named 2010 New York Super Lawyers -- Metro Edition (2010 New York Super Lawyers -- Metro Edition)
Pfizer v Bulger (07.28.2009)
Thirteen BSF Attorneys Named 2009 New York Super Lawyers -- Metro Edition (2009 New York Super Lawyers -- Metro Edition)