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BIO

William J. Carr is a partner in Rawle & Henderson’s Philadelphia office. He dedicates his litigation practice to the defense of clients facing catastrophic loss cases, including construction and industrial accidents, product liability, fires and explosions, trucking and automobile accidents, premises liability, environmental contamination, maritime/admiralty actions, commercial transactions and medical/professional malpractice. He has successfully argued appellate matters on numerous occasions in the Superior Court and Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

A significant portion of Bill’s practice includes taking over and handling high exposure, catastrophic cases shortly before trial, and many times after discovery has concluded. His proven track record in defending multi-million dollar cases provides the firm’s clients with confidence. This currently includes handling multiple inclined infant sleeper/rocker cases following the nationwide recall by the CPSC.

Bill was part of the Catastrophic Loss trial team that defended the Tropicana Casino & Resort in litigation arising from multiple deaths caused by a parking garage collapse during construction in Atlantic City, NJ.

He was trial counsel in the Market Street Collapse Litigation, which was the longest civil trial in Philadelphia history, lasting nearly 6 months. He was trial counsel in defense of Ride the Ducks International, after an amphibious duck boat collided with a tour bus filled with college students on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, WA. The trial of this mass casualty incident involving 65 plaintiffs lasted nearly 5 months.

Further, he was also trial counsel for Ride the Ducks International when a tug-driven barge overran and sunk a tourist duck boat on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, killing two international students and injuring more than two dozen other passengers.

Other catastrophic loss matters included the Amtrak Train No. 188 Derailment Litigation in Philadelphia that involved 8 deaths and more than 200 injuries; the U-Haul propane gas explosion litigation that involved 2 deaths and injuries to 11 others; and the sinking of an amphibious duck boat on Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO that involved 17 deaths and more than a dozen other injuries.

Bill was selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, a program of Thomson Reuters, each year from 2019-2022.

Select Representative Matters:

Industrial Garbage Truck, Product Liability, Wrongful Death (Philadelphia, PA) – Trial counsel in defense of an international trash truck manufacturer where a 42-year-old man jumped off the back of an allegedly defective truck and sustained head injuries resulting in death. Retained less than 90 days before trial with a demand for settlement of $7.5 million. After an 8-day trial, a Philadelphia jury returned a defense verdict. (The Legal Intelligencer and Verdict Search)

After the verdict was reversed on appeal, the re-trial also resulted in a defense verdict.

Medical Malpractice, Burns (Bergen County, NJ) – After five days of trial, a non-suit was obtained on behalf of the client, a certified circulating nurse in the operating room, after plaintiff sustained second and third degree burns on his buttocks following a surgical procedure (fluoroscopy, caudal epidurogram, caudal epidural steroid injection, sarafin injection blocks and sacroiliac joint arthrogram and injection block), which was performed under IV sedation anesthesia.

Environmental Contamination, Property Damage (Berks County, PA) — Successfully defended a large petroleum company against environmental contamination claims brought by the owners of a house that had a home-heating fuel oil release into the basement. The defense had to admit liability and defend the case on causation and damages. The demand for settlement was $3.5 million. Following a one-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in the amount of $30,000.

Nursing Home Negligence; Wrongful Death (Camden, NJ) – Plaintiff was diagnosed with a right-sided subdural hemorrhage and scattered areas of subarachnoid hemorrhage following an unwitnessed fall at a long-term care facility that ultimately resulted in her death. Retained approximately one month before trial with a demand for settlement of $4 million. Following a 7-day trial, the jury returned a verdict in the amount of $250,000.

Civil Rights / Predatory Lending (Philadelphia, PA) – Plaintiff alleged a violation of civil rights based upon racial discrimination and predatory lending involving an installment loan utilized for certain medical procedures, and demanded $1 million for settlement. A defense verdict was obtained on behalf of a global financial technology institution following a trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Product Liability, Wrongful Death (Philadelphia, PA) – This case involving the death of an infant allegedly caused by a defectively designed folding table was dismissed in the Court of Common Pleas on a motion based upon forum non conveniens. The subject product was purchased in the State of Delaware, which is where the incident occurred. Although the product manufacturer was registered to do business in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it was incorporated in Delaware, the incident and all evidence, witnesses and sources of proof were located in Delaware. Subsequently, and following briefing and oral argument on plaintiffs’ appeal, the Superior Court was successfully persuaded to find that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in determining that Delaware was a more appropriate forum to litigate this matter and apply its laws to the case, thereby affirming the trial court ruling in favor of defendant.

Medical Malpractice, Ob/Gyn, Cerebral Palsy (Philadelphia, PA) – Plaintiff alleged obstetric malpractice as a result of a cesarean section that  allegedly caused brain damage, neurological problems and cerebral palsy of the child. Rawle’s client, an Ob/Gyn, was dismissed, without payment, prior to trial in a case that ultimately settled for $3.5 million on behalf of other defendants.

Bill successfully represented individual physicians in the Phen-Fen mass tort litigation cases in Philadelphia County and served as co-liaison counsel to the Medical Professional Liability Catastrophe Loss Fund (Mcare) on behalf of the individual healthcare provider defendants.

Prior work experience includes service as a litigation supervisor with the Medical Professional Liability Catastrophe Loss Fund (now known as the Mcare Fund), where he successfully negotiated and managed hundreds of high exposure medical malpractice cases. He also directed the mass tort litigation department including the pedicle bone screw and breast implant cases.

A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Bill earned his law degree from Widener University – Delaware Law School, where he was Vice-President of the Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society and represented the university at national trial advocacy competitions.  He was also an Editor of The Widener Law Forum.

Board Appointments/Community Service:

Class Representative   Roman Catholic High School   Philadelphia PA
Board Member   Horsham Little League   Horsham PA
Board Member   Hatboro-Horsham Heat Baseball   Hatboro PA
Montgomery County PA, Youth baseball and basketball coach. Team sponsor for more than 15 years.
Sponsor, Reading Olympics Team   Pennypack Elementary School   Hatboro PA

Education

Widener University School of Law Wilmington DE   (J.D. 1996)
Editor, The Widener Law Forum
Vice-President, Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society

Pennsylvania State University   State College PA   (B.S. 1991)

Professional Associations

Series 7 and Series 63 Securities License (inactive).
Formerly a Registered Representative with the New York Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers.
Philadelphia Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association

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