925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900
Seattle, WA 98104-1158
Mr. Shaw’s primary area of practice is complex civil litigation, in both state and federal courts. He has extensive jury trial experience in Washington state and federal courts. Mr. Shaw handles a wide variety of litigation matters, including significant patent, trademark, intellectual property and trade secrets issues, legal malpractice, general commercial disputes, white collar crime, products liability and toxic torts, and environmental litigation and arbitration. Mr. Shaw’s practice has focused on matters involving complex technical and scientific issues.
Previously, Bill helped coordinate the efforts of the firm’s product liability team. His past experience includes leading the defense in Washington state and the Northwest for four active asbestos defendants. Bill also acted as national, regional, and local punitive damages counsel for another defendant.
Mr. Shaw has defended a number of individuals and companies on a myriad of personnel issues involving interpersonal interactions and employment related matters. Mr. Shaw has defended against claims of assault, sexual harassment, and race and sex discrimination. Mr. Shaw also has a plaintiff’s personal injury practice and has many years of civil trial experience in both state and federal courts.
Mr. Shaw has tried cases in five different states (California, Texas, Oregon, Minnesota, and Washington) for national clients, and semi-regularly serves as an arbitrator in King County. He was also a former public defender (1978 – 1983). Additionally, Mr. Shaw has counseled clients regarding disputes concerning rights in computer software and has represented the firm’s clients in software piracy matters.
Bill occasionally presents at Continuing Legal Education seminars. His most recent speaking engagement was at the Chemical Products Liability Litigation Seminar in Chicago. In addition, Bill Shaw and Martha Rodriguez-Lopez recently published a chapter on “The Expert at Trial: Cross-Examination” in Expert Witness Answer Book, a publication of the Practicing Law Institute. The deskbook looks at expert procedure and several important expert related areas using the PLK question and answer format.
The Product Liability Law Practice:
K&L Gates’ Product Liability practice has extensive experience in product liability litigation, having handled a wide variety of cases at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts in jurisdictions across the United States and internationally.
Lawyers in the group have defended and tried cases involving many types of industrial machinery and equipment, numerous commercial and consumer products, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. In addition to defending and trying individual cases, group members have served as national coordinating counsel and regional and national defense trial counsel for numerous clients in product liability cases.
As a result of K&L Gates’ extensive product liability experience, lawyers have regular contact with a broad range of expert witnesses upon whom they can draw in providing innovative product liability defenses. Our lawyers also recognize that good settlements often are in their clients’ best interests and are experienced in negotiating settlements, including joint tortfeasor releases and structured settlements, as well as in the use of alternative dispute resolution techniques.
K&L Gates’ automated litigation support capabilities – computer databases that can access plaintiff and witness information, medical histories, communications indexes, full-text transcripts, case and discovery tracking, brief and memo banks, and legal research – also are available for any appropriate product liability cases.
K&L Gates LLP:
K&L Gates LLP comprises approximately 2,000 lawyers who practice in fully integrated offices located on five continents: Anchorage, Austin, Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Brisbane, Brussels, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Doha, Dubai, Fort Worth, Frankfurt, Harrisburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Miami, Milan, Newark, New York, Orange County, Palo Alto, Paris, Perth, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, San Francisco, São Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington and Wilmington.
K&L Gates represents leading global corporations, growth and middle-market companies, capital markets participants and entrepreneurs in every major industry group as well as public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals. Our practice is a robust full market practice — cutting edge, complex and dynamic, at once regional, national and international in scope. Over each of the last six years our revenues exceeded $1 Billion.