Top First-Chair Trial Lawyers Join BakerHostetler in Los Angeles and Philadelphia

William Oxley and Meghan Kelly bring extensive bet-the-company trial experience to expanding nationwide team

Press Releases / January 21, 2020

LOS ANGELES AND PHILADELPHIA — Jan. 21, 2020 — BakerHostetler announced today that William Oxley and Meghan Kelly have joined as partners in the firm’s national Litigation Practice Group. Both attorneys were previously with Dechert LLP, where Oxley was managing partner of the Los Angeles office.

Oxley’s addition continues the firm’s West Coast expansion, which has included up to 15 new attorneys over the past 12 months. Oxley is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers with more than 30 years of experience trying cases to verdict throughout the United States, including products liability, breach of contract, trademark and business tort cases for domestic and global clients. Oxley will head the firm’s Litigation Practice Group in Los Angeles and is admitted to the bar in California, Texas and New York.

“I am excited to join BakerHostetler’s talented group of lawyers, and I am looking forward to helping the firm build its already outstanding trial practice as we continue to develop our West Coast presence,” said Oxley.

Eric Sagerman, managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office, said, “The addition of Bill in Los Angeles expands the firm’s capabilities to handle mega cases on the West Coast.” The firm is currently counsel to the Official Committee of Tort Claimants in the Chapter 11 case of PG&E Corporation, the largest litigation matter currently pending in California. “He’s a world-class, pedigreed and nationally recognized litigator. You just don’t see lateral moves of this magnitude every day,” Sagerman added.

Kelly, who joins in Philadelphia, is a first-chair trial lawyer who has tried many cases to verdict across the country. She has extensive experience representing pharmaceutical, chemical, automotive, manufacturing and medical device companies in product liability, mass tort and environmental matters. In addition to being admitted to the bar in her home state of Pennsylvania, Kelly is also admitted in California and New York.

“BakerHostetler’s broad, national footprint and commitment to excellence when it comes to client service makes it an ideal fit as I continue to expand my practice,” said Kelly. “I’m thrilled to join such an esteemed group of attorneys and to bring my experience to the team.”

“Our national Litigation Group continues to flourish, with several major additions in the last year. Bill and Meghan are both exceptional trial lawyers with experience handling high-profile cases across the country,” said W. Ray Whitman, Litigation Practice Group chair. “They undoubtedly bolster our deep litigation bench.”

With nearly 400 litigators in offices coast to coast, BakerHostetler’s Litigation Practice Group represents market-leading clients in virtually every type of case and proceeding, nationally and around the world. The group’s roster of litigators includes former prosecutors, veteran civil trial lawyers and former enforcement officials from various government agencies. Recognized as a “go-to law firm” for its deep bench, commitment to client needs and tenacity, BakerHostetler’s Litigation Practice Group successfully protects clients in and out of the courtroom.


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