Biography

Bill Posey’s practice involves all aspects of litigation with particular emphasis in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and product liability litigation; complex and multi-district litigation; and class action litigation defense. He has been admitted pro hac vice to serve as lead trial counsel defending clients in high stakes accident and product liability litigation in more than thirty jurisdictions. Bill has been an Adjunct Professor at Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, coach for the University of Cincinnati College of Law national trial team, and has lectured on topics relating to accident reconstruction, use of experts, trial skills and strategies, damages, insurance coverage and bad faith issues.

Perhaps the greatest testament to Bill’s abilities is the decision of a publicly traded corporation, the leader in its industry, after Bill obtained a substantial compensatory and punitive damage award against it, to hire Bill for an East Coast product liability case with exposure in excess of $150,000,000. The company’s directive to Bill was to “try to do to the other side what you did to us”. Bill then led a national trial team on behalf of the client.

In his decades of service to clients at risk of being involved in frequent tragic incidents involving multiple and/or severe injuries or deaths, Bill has developed team of lawyers, investigators, accident reconstructionists, industry experts, and photographers/videographers to be available to quickly arrive on the scene to coordinate the defense. Further, Bill has developed programs and strategies to ensure consistent discovery responses and testimony from client witnesses in litigation over the years.

Given Bill’s length and breadth of trial experience as both plaintiff and defense counsel, he is often asked to participate in trial research exercises by other lawyers, corporations and their insurers. Thus, he has developed a niche practice presenting the opposite side of cases in mock trials, focus groups and other panel exercises. These activities include playing the role of opposing counsel; video, PowerPoint and document presentations; cross examination of lay and expert witnesses; the creation of aggressive claims and damages presentations, and cross examination of the client’s key fact and expert witnesses.

Representative Work

Representation of Defendants

  • Representation of General Tool Co. in Allison Engine Company, Inc., et al. v. U.S. ex rel Sanders, et al., in which the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the scope of liability under the federal False Claims Act
  • National trial counsel for client in its significant motor vehicle litigation
  • National trial counsel for large industrial mobile equipment manufacturer in product liability claims
  • National trial counsel for electrical component part manufacturer in fire and electrocution product liability claims
  • National trial counsel for aircraft component part manufacturer
  • National trial counsel for heavy equipment manufacturer of material handling equipment used in rail and boat yards
  • National trial counsel for tree service company in electrocution claims
  • Representation of trucking company in wrongful death litigation
  • Representation of fuel refining and storage client in multi-death truck accident involving contaminated fuel
  • Representation of owner/operator in foreign country air crash
  • Representation of railcar component part manufacturer in lead contamination clean up
  • Representation of pharmaceutical company in claims of multiple deaths due to improper drug administration
  • Representation of aviation insurer in claims management and defense issues throughout the United States and internationally
  • Representation of chemical manufacturer in litigation asserting pre-natal injuries due to mother’s exposure to chemical fumes
  • Representation of air freight owner/operator in air crash
  • Representation of corporate defendant in RICO litigation

Representation of Plaintiffs

  • Secured a settlement of more than $9M pre-suite in a student injury case
  • Secured a settlement of more than $5M in a hospital Emergency Department medical malpractice case
  • Representation of corporate plaintiffs in product liability claims relating to defective component parts
  • Representation of medical malpractice plaintiffs in claims relating to:
    • improper and defective medications
    • failure to diagnose tumors of lung, breast, bones and spleen
    • emergency treatment of myocardial infarction (heart attack)
    • emergency treatment of impending brain aneurysm
    • surgical burns
    • knee surgery
    • gynecological surgery
    • hand surgery
    • neurological surgery
    • orthopedic surgery
    • gastrointestinal surgery
    • improper anesthesia technique
    • coronary artery disease
    • child birth and delivery
  • June 2012 medical malpractice verdict in the amount of $2,584,111 against Dr. Alex Chronis and Professional Radiology, Inc. for the failure to appropriately communicate the results of a pre-surgery chest x-ray that was suspicious for lung cancer. This matter was settled post verdict. Note: Each case presents unique factual and legal issues and are not to be construed as indicative of future verdicts, settlements or results. 
  • March 2009 $1.3 million verdict against Dr. Lawrence Rothstein and his employer, the Greater Cincinnati Pain Management Centers (GCPMC), including $500,000 in punitive damages against GCPMC for altering or falsifying records. Note: Each case presents unique factual and legal issues and are not to be construed as indicative of future verdicts, settlements or results. 
  • February 2008 $2.6 million verdict against a product supplier on failure to warn claims. Note: Each case presents unique factual and legal issues and are not to be construed as indicative of future verdicts, settlements or results. 
  • Representation of other personal injury and wrongful death claims including:
    • automobiles
    • trucks and trucking regulations
    • boating
    • consumer products
    • industrial products
    • workplace injury
    • fire and explosions
    • uninsured and underinsured motorists
    • failure to warn
    • automobile design
    • equipment maintenance
    • school safety

Professional and Community Involvement

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

American Association for Justice

American Bar Association

Cincinnati Bar Association

Defense Research Institute, Trucking Law Committee, Biomedical/Accident Reconstruction Subcommittee, Product Liability Subcommittee

Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association

Ohio Attorneys for Justice

Ohio State Bar Association, Insurance Law Committee Member, Negligence Law Committee Member

Cincinnati Lunken Airport, Community and Technical Advisory Group, former member

Cincinnati United Soccer Club, Former Chairman of the Board

Cincinnati United Soccer League, Former Chairman of the Board

Ohio South Youth Soccer Association, Former Trustee

Awards & Recognition

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, The Top Trial Lawyers in America®

Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, The Top Trial Lawyers in America®

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

National Institute of Trial Advocacy Instructor (2006-present)

Master, The Potter Stewart American Inns of Court

Named to The Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2024, in the following categories:  Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs

Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers' Mass Tort Litigaiton / Class Actions - Defendants Law Lawyer of the Year," 2022

Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers' Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Law Lawyer of the Year," 2013, 2017, 2019, 2021

Named the "Cincinnati Best Lawyers' Mass Tort Litigaiton / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Law Lawyer of the Year," 2016

Named to Ohio Super Lawyers, 2005-2024, recognized for Personal Injury: Plaintiff; Named to Top 5 Attorneys in Cincinnati list, 2020-2021; 13 times recognized to Top 50 Attorneys in Cincinnati list, and 7 times recognized to Top 100 Attorneys in Ohio list

Named to Cincy Leading Lawyers, 2018-2021

  • Best Lawyers - WAP 2022
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum - WAP
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum - WAP
  • Super Lawyers (Don't Delete)
  • Cincy Leading Lawyers
  • Peer Review (Don't Delete)

News & Resources

Speaking Engagements

Publications

Other Publications

"Understanding Your Rights in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death"

"The Plaintiff and Defense Attorney's Guide to Understanding Economic Damages," [authored Chapter 2 titled The Trial Attorney's View on Choosing and Using Economists and Related Experts on Damages], June, 2007

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Education

J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1979, National Moot Court Editorial Board

B.A., University of Cincinnati, 1976, Omicron Delta Kappa

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