Mr. Ward’s commercial experience includes intellectual property disputes, breach of contract cases and employment discrimination cases. Mr. Ward recently represented an international corporation in a multi-jurisdictional litigation over the ownership of patents, and has handled cases involving copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation and breach of restrictive covenants. Mr. Ward also has represented corporations in employment and benefit disputes brought under state and federal employment laws, including ERISA. He has successfully defeated efforts to obtain class certification and consolidation of pre-trial proceedings before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
In the personal injury arena, Mr. Ward has handled complex product liability cases involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and industrial chemicals. Mr. Ward has acted as regional counsel to a national organization providing blood products, handling the defense of cases involving alleged transfusion-associated disease. As regional counsel to a computer keyboard manufacturer, Mr. Ward successfully tried one of the first so-called cumulative trauma disorder cases in the country. Mr. Ward regularly handles serious medical malpractice cases for a major medical center and its physicians.
Mr. Ward has successfully mediated numerous cases for his clients. He also acts as a mediator, having been appointed by the Court to the ADR Panel of Neutrals in the ADR Program for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.
Mr. Ward has worked with experts in a variety of technical fields, including nearly every medical specialty, mechanical and electrical engineering and economics. He is accomplished in handling issues that arise in the introduction of expert evidence, including exclusion of expert testimony under the Daubert and Frye doctrines. Mr. Ward is a frequent lecturer on evidence and trial practice.