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November 16, 2021

7 Due Diligence Issues to Avoid False Claims Act Lawsuits

Nelson Mullins partners Jennifer Malinovsky and Ed White join Alice Harris, an attorney with Nexsen Pruet, to go over the key compliance areas to look for in due diligence. 

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William S. Brown

William S. Brown

Partner

Greenville ONE
2 W. Washington Street
Suite 400
Greenville, SC 29601
william.brown@nelsonmullins.com

William is an experienced trial attorney and problem solver who practices in the areas of business litigation, product liability, general liability, and ERISA. He has served in numerous leadership roles in the firm, including as leader of the Greenville litigation team. William is a member of the Firm’s Associates Committee. He has also served on the...

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William is an experienced trial attorney and problem solver who practices in the areas of business litigation, product liability, general liability, and ERISA. He has served in numerous leadership roles in the firm, including as leader of the Greenville litigation team. William is a member of the Firm’s Associates Committee. He has also served on the firm’s Technology Committee and Operations Committee.

William S. Brown

firm’s Technology Committee and Operations Committee.

William is an experienced trial attorney and problem solver who practices in the areas of business litigation, product liability, general liability, and ERISA. He has served in numerous leadership roles in the firm, including as leader of the Greenville litigation team. William is a member of the Firm’s Associates Committee. He has also served on the... firm’s Technology Committee and Operations Committee.

Experience

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  • Litigation Practice
    • Experience in state and federal courts, as well as in matters administered through the American Arbitration Association
    • Handled claims of product liability, ERISA, business torts, transportation law, lender liability, trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair trade practices, antitrust, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, premises liability, general negligence, professional negligence, and intellectual property litigation
    • Handled litigation for clients on regional and national bases
    • Experience handling and managing cases in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Texas, as well as his home state of South Carolina
    • Handled national class action litigation in business consumer laws and ERISA matters
       
  • Trial Experience
    • Tried to verdict or judgment more than 60 cases; examples include:
      • trade secret and business tort case seeking more than $30 million
      • unfair trade practices claim seeking $3 million
      • litigation to protect a group of patents necessary for the client’s continued existence
      • product liability claim regarding the amputation of an arm by a power tool
      • identity theft and bank fraud cases
      • dispute regarding rights to the design for an upgrade to US military aircraft in which more than $100 million was at issue
      • product liability wrongful death case regarding a motorcycle accident
      • product liability wrongful death of a 16–year–old girl regarding a trailer hitch
      • patent infringement claim seeking over $70 million
      • insurance contract and bad faith claim involving over $5 million at issue
         
  • Case Management
    • Experienced with different industries including trucking, power tools, banking and finance, automotive, aircraft and airlines, construction equipment, industrial equipment, insurance, employee benefits, home appliances, healthcare, food manufacture and service, textiles, real estate, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices
    • Manages disputes to ensure the client’s case is prepared for trial, but always looking for creative ways to solve problems

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD (1991)
  • Wofford College, BA, Finance (1988)

Admissions

  • South Carolina
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Henry M. Herlong, Jr. , U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association
    • President (2015–2016)
    • President Elect (2014–2015)
    • Treasurer (2013–2014)
    • Secretary (2012–2013)
    • Board of Directors (2006–2017)
    • Former Chair and Faculty Member, Trial Academy
  • American Bar Association
  • Former Chair (2006–2008), Practice and Procedure Committee, South Carolina Bar
  • Judicial Qualification Committee, South Carolina Bar
  • Product Liability Committee, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Greenville Bar Association
  • First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C.
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