Philip L. Willman - Brown & James, P.C.

Philip L. Willman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 314-206-3052

Philip L. Willman devotes his trial practice to defending physicians, medical schools, nurses, hospitals, nursing homes, psychologists and other healthcare providers in medical negligence and health care lawsuits and medical device manufactures in medical device lawsuits. Mr. Willman also provides representation to defendants in environmental litigation. He obtained his Bachelors Degree, magna cum laude, from Duke University in 1975 and his Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University in 1978. From 1978 to 1979 he was a Research Fellow in Environmental Law at the University of Illinois College of Law. From 1979 to 1984 he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Control Division for the Illinois Attorney General, handling numerous trials and administrative proceedings involving civil and criminal environmental prosecution to conclusion. 

Mr. Willman has specialized over the years in professional liability defense and risk management for health care providers. He has handled the defense of medical schools, physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, nurses, psychologists, other healthcare providers and medical device manufacturers. He has tried close to 100 cases to a conclusion as lead counsel in jury trials in state and federal court, in both Missouri and Illinois. He has also provided representation in environmental lawsuits. He has written and lectured on various topics related to risk management and medical professional liability. He has provided lectures for Washington University, Saint Louis University, St. Luke's Hospital, The Medical Protective, Medical Assurance, ProAssurance, PIC-Wisconsin and Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company. 

Mr. Willman has been active in professional organizations, dedicated to the support and improvement of the civil justice system. He has been a Director for the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers and Missouri State Representative for DRI. He has also been active in the education of the defense bar and its clients. He has been Program Co-Chair for the DRI Complex Medicine Seminar and Program Chair for the DRI Medical Liability Seminar. He also served as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Medical Liability & Health Care Law Committee from 2007-11. Currently he serves as the Mid Region Director of the Defense Research Institute.

Mr. Willman has also been active in service to the community.  He was Chairman and Commissioner for the City of St. Louis Heritage and Urban Design Commission; President of the Soulard Restoration Group; Finance Commissioner for Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church; and a Director for the Missouri Neurofibromatosis Foundation.  He was the founder and President of Peter and Paul Housing Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of buildings in the Soulard Historic District for reuse as housing for low income families. Currently he is President and on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Priory Alumni Association.

Vanderbilt UniversityJ.D. 1978Duke UniversityBA 1975
Defense Research InstituteMissouri Organization of Defense LawyersNational Foundation for Judicial ExcellenceMissouri Society of Health Care AttorneysSt. Louis Association of Health Care Risk ManagersAmerican Health Lawyers AssociationBar Association of Metropolitan St. LouisMissouri Bar AssociationIllinois State Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationSt. Louis Priory Alumni Association

Case History

Noldon v. Saint Louis University — Plaintiff brought suit in St. Louis CIty Circuit Court against a University obstetrician, alleging her child suffered brain injury and cerebal palsy due to a delay in vaginal delivery.  Plaintiff sought more thatn $17 million in damages.  The jury returned a defense verdict.

Office Location

Bank of America Plaza, Suite 1100
800 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63101-2501
United States

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants (Birth Trauma, Brain Injury, Catastrophic Injury, Medical Devices, Medical Negligence, Nursing Homes, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death)

Other Information

Gender: Male