William F. Kiniry, Jr.

Partner at DLA Piper

William F. Kiniry, Jr.

William F. Kiniry, Jr.

Partner at DLA Piper

Biography

William Kiniry, who is a co-chair of DLA Piper's Product Liability practice, engages in all aspects of civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on product liability cases and mass torts. He serves as national counsel for a major motorcycle manufacturer and national trial counsel for a number of automotive manufacturers and automotive component manufacturers, and has served as chairman of the Joint Defense Team in mass tort and Superfund litigation. In addition, he serves as regional and national trial counsel in asbestos and tobacco litigation. He has lectured internationally on product liability and risk management and has produced documentary films for multinational corporations in support of their litigation and marketing interests in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Kiniry was a Special Agent with the Pennsylvania Department of Justice Narcotics Control Strike Force prior to entering active duty with the United States Army. He thereafter became a member of the United States Army Reserve and began attending law school at the University of Baltimore, where he was president of the Student Bar Association and the winner of both the Dean Joseph Curtis and University President's Awards.

The respected research firm Legal 500 cites him for his product liability and mass tort defense practice, noting that clients say he is an "outstanding lawyer" who can "manage, distill and present the most complex cases."

Mr. Kiniry is also a graduate of the United States Army Judge Advocate General's School and the University of North Florida School of Accident Reconstruction and has attended numerous technical training courses offered by original equipment manufacturers and component part manufacturers within the automotive industry. He is a former company commander in the United States Army Special Operations Forces.

Mr. Kiniry is also a member of DLA Piper's Policy Committee.

Significant Matters

National representation of a friction product manufacturer in toxic tort litigation including development of a national defense strategy, discovery coordination and trial.
Representation of a global chemical corporation involved in a significant toxic chemical release in crisis response and subsequent class actions as well as multimillion-dollar claims litigation.
National representation of a global motorcycle manufacturer in toxic tort litigation including the development of a national defense strategy, in-house witnesses identification and preparation, discovery coordination and trial.
National representation of a global heavy industrial equipment manufacturers in toxic tort litigation to include the development of a national defense strategy, in-house witnesses identification and preparation, discovery coordination and trial.
Representation of an international children’s products manufacturers in car seat, swing, and stroller litigation to include development of in-house witnesses and experts for national litigation platform.
Representation of international motorcycle manufacturers in products liability litigation around the world to include the development of a uniform defense strategy, in-house witness identification and preparation, discovery coordination and trial.
National representation of a cigarette manufacturer in its health effects litigation, including the development of its defense in synergy cases.
National representation of numerous automobile manufacturers in individual products liability matters and class actions.
Lead counsel for a regional a regional propane company with respect to crisis management and trial.

Admissions

New York
Pennsylvania


Memberships

Product Liability Advisory Counsel
Defense Research Institute
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
The Society of Automotive Engineers
American Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association
New York Bar Association
EDUCATION

J.D., University of Baltimore 1976
A.B., Villanova University 1972


Related Global Services

Product Liability
Litigation and Arbitration
Regulatory and Government Affairs
Energy and Water


Related United States Services

Product Liability and Mass Torts
Litigation
Energy Sector
Health Care


Related Regions

United States


News

DLA Piper among Law360's "Product Liability Groups of the Year"

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Number of Awards

2

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Managing Partner (Americas) at DLA Piper

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Co-Chairman, Americas at DLA Piper

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Global Co-Chairman at DLA Piper

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Southeast US Managing Partner at DLA Piper

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Managing Partner, New York Office at DLA Piper

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General Counsel, Europe, Middle East & Asia Pacific at DLA Piper

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Chair, New York Finance Practice Group at DLA Piper

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Co-Chair, Transactional Tax Practice at DLA Piper

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Chairman Emeritus (US) at DLA Piper

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Co-Chair, Global Real Estate Practice at DLA Piper

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William F. Kiniry, Jr.
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DLA Piper provides legal services covering a broad range practice areas. It was created in 2005 by the merger of DLA, Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary, followed by growth in the CIS, Germany, Spain, Asia, the Middle East and US markets. Core practices include Litigation and Arbitration, Corporate and Finance, Real Estate and Real Estate Capital Markets, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Intellectual Property and Technology, Employment and Tax

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Columbus McKinnon Corp. purchases Magnetek, Inc.

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the New York Bar
Admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar
Other Affiliations

William F. Kiniry, Jr. is affiliated with DLA Piper, Boy Scouts of America Chester County Council

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