William Oxley

Partner

Los Angeles
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Overview

Bill Oxley is a trial lawyer who clients trust with their most important disputes. Bill's clients report to Chambers USA that he is a "shrewd litigator" with "amazing jury appeal...who always finds a way to win." Bill is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is composed of the best of the trial bar and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in the United States.

Bill has a winning record trying cases to verdict* in jurisdictions throughout the United States, including products liability, breach of contract, trademark, and business tort cases for global, household-name clients. Bill has also litigated class actions, false advertising and real estate disputes, and has effectively defended manufacturers and nutritional and health product-related companies against Proposition 65 claims. Additionally, he has represented clients in numerous patent infringement, copyright, and trade secrets cases.

*Does not guarantee similar results in comparable matters.

Select Experience

  • Lead trial counsel in Oklahoma for a pharmaceutical company that was accused of causing the opioid crisis in the United States.
  • Lead trial counsel for a large chemical company in a one-month trial in which the plaintiff alleged that exposure to asbestos caused her cancer. The jury returned a complete defense verdict.
  • Served as lead trial counsel in a two-month jury trial in Oakland, California. The plaintiffs sought in excess of $100 million, claiming that the alleged exposure to Bill's client’s asbestos caused plaintiff’s pericardial mesothelioma. The jury returned a full defense verdict.
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Experience

  • Lead trial counsel in Oklahoma for a pharmaceutical company that was accused of causing the opioid crisis in the United States.
  • Lead trial counsel for a large chemical company in a one-month trial in which the plaintiff alleged that exposure to asbestos caused her cancer. The jury returned a complete defense verdict.
  • Served as lead trial counsel in a two-month jury trial in Oakland, California. The plaintiffs sought in excess of $100 million, claiming that the alleged exposure to Bill's client’s asbestos caused plaintiff’s pericardial mesothelioma. The jury returned a full defense verdict.
  • Lead trial counsel for a large, international shipping company against breach of contract, fraud, and other business tort claims in jury trials in San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston, Texas and in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Litigation: General Commercial - California
    • Band 5 (2012 to 2019)
  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Recommended in Product liability, mass tort and class actions: toxic tort - defense
  • Benchmark Litigation "Litigation Star" (2014 to Present)

Memberships

  • American College of Trial Lawyers: Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Litigation Counsel of America: Fellow
  • The Trial Law Institute
  • Diversity Law Institute
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Law360 Trials Editorial Advisory Board (2019)

Community

  • Public Counsel, Board of Directors: Former Member
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles: Former Board Member

Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • Texas

Education

  • J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, 1988, with distinction; Order of the Coif
  • B.A., California State University, Chico, 1985

Languages

  • Spanish