William F. Goodman  III - Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

William F. Goodman III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

Will Goodman practices in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and on BABC’s Life Sciences Industry Litigation Team. Will is a nationally-recognized trial lawyer with experience in challenging venues throughout the United States. Over a career that began in 1977, Will has worked on major chemical exposure, class action, commercial, and pharmaceutical litigations, most of which involved hundreds or thousands of claims. Earlier matters included asbestos, dioxin, hearing loss, and toxic waste site/Superfund-related litigations.

Will's practice in recent years has focused on the national level defense of pharmaceutical and chemical companies in complex commercial and personal injury litigation. Will has been involved in fifteen different mass tort pharmaceutical litigations, and he has served as regional and trial counsel on national litigation involving genetically modified crops.

Admitted pro hac vice in many state and federal courts, Will has tried cases to verdict in Arkansas, California, and Mississippi. These trials included defense verdicts for Bayer in the second and third trials in the country involving the prescription medicine Baycol. Will also was selected for trial teams in cases that resolved before or during trial in Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Millsaps CollegeBA 1974University of MississippiJ.D. 1977
Board of Trustees of Millsaps CollegeAmerican Bar AssociationMississippi Bar AssociationInternational Association of Defense CounselDefense Research InstituteTennessee Bar Association

Case History

Bice, et al. v. Micon, et al.; Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — Lead counsel for Bayer MaterialScience in case in state court in Alabama in which numerous coal miners claimed injuries from exposure to certain products. 
In re: Genetically Modified Rice Litigation — Regional counsel for Bayer CropScience in federal and state commercial litigation involving genetically modified rice. Lead trial counsel for Bayer CropScience in the first state court rice trial in February and March, 2010, in Arkansas. 
Baycol litigation — Member of the national defense team for Bayer Corporation in litigation over the statin drug, Baycol. Trial counsel for Bayer in the second and third Baycol trials in the nation, both of which resulted in defense verdicts.
Other Court Admissions
  • Mississippi Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Mississippi

Office Location

Roundabout Plaza, Suite 700
1600 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants of the Nashville Metro Area
William F. Goodman III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Other Information

Gender: Male