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Norwood "Woody" S. Wilner


Norwood S. "Woody" Wilner, a native of Miami, Florida, became internationally famous for his successful campaign against the tobacco industry. Mr. Wilner and his team won the ground-breaking case, Carter v. Brown and Williamson, which resulted in the first verdict against the tobacco industry to be affirmed on appeal, involving both the Florida Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. Appearing on Good Morning America with Joan Lunden, Good Morning America with Katie Couric, CNN, NBC News, and many other broadcasts, Mr. Wilner said it was time to stop blaming the victims of tobacco and other diseases and to focus instead on the underlying causes - putting profits ahead of health and safety. National Public Radio, Newsweek, Time, People, Barrons, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and many other news sources have followed Woody''s campaign against corporate greed and indifference to the health of their customers.

Mr. Wilner graduated with honors from Yale University, majoring in engineering and philosophy. He had formal training in technical areas of physics, engineering, computer systems, and related fields. He received degrees of Masters in Engineering and Juris Doctor from University of Florida, where he graduated with high honors and was editor of the law review. He is an accomplished pilot with instrument and multiengine ratings and over 3000 hours experience.\r\n\r\nMr. Wilner has been a pioneer in applying technology to the law. He co-wrote a textbook, Asbestos Medicine on Trial, which combined scientific and legal research. He has written original computer software to accomplish many professional and scientific goals, including: evaluation of the epidemiology of tobacco related diseases; organization and presentation of a database of internal tobacco documents; and management of thousands of mass tort cases. He focuses on tobacco cases, mass torts, and the scientific and engineering aspects of accidents and injuries.

Education:  Yale University (B.A., Engineering/Philosophy, cum laude); University of Florida (M.S., Engineering); University of Florida College of Law, J.D. magna cum laude). Phi Kappa Phi. Order of the Coif. Articles Editor,, and Executive Editor,, University of Florida Law Review; National Moot Court Appellate Team. Law Clerk, Hon. James Lawrence King, Chief Judge, Southern District of Florida.

Professional Concentration: Aviation, tobacco product liability, computer law, toxic tort law, general products liability, environmental law; asbestos medicine (pulmonary and cancer issues); forensic epidemiology; aircraft operations, aerodynamics, and technology; computer software design; environmental sciences (air pollution, radiation, hydrology); engineering and technology; metallurgy.

Articles and Books:

Polygraphy: Short Circuit to Truth?, 29 U. Fla L. Rev 286 (1977).

Computer Literacy and the Keyboard Problem in Document Production, National Law Journal (February 1993).

Database Design for Attorneys, National Law Journal (June 1994).

Asbestos Medicine on Trial (with Ilan Allan Feingold, M.D.), Andrews Publications (1995).

Tobacco on Trial, Justice in Florida, The Journal of Florida Medical Associations, Inc., 83(2):122-127 (1996).

Background Information on Cigarette Liability (1996). A Smoker''s Victory: Carter v. Brown and Williamson (1997).

Medical Legal Update on Cigarette Smoking (1997).

Mass Murder: A Medical, Legal and Ethical Indictment of the Cigarette Industry (1997).

The Scientific Basis for Tobacco Industry Liability (1997).

The Criminal Negligence of the Cigarette Industry and How Its Customers Have Paid With Their Lives (1998).

The First Reaction of the Guilty: The Scientific Basis for the Liability of the British Tobacco Industry, British Insurance Law Assoc. Journal (June 2000 No. 103).

Lectures and Research Papers:

Can You Fool the Machine? Exercise Testing of Asbestos Claimants, Defense Research Institute, Miami FL, 1988.

The Apportionment Manifesto, Attribution and Apportionment of Cancer from Multiple Causes, Defense Research Institute Convention, New Orleans LA, 1990.

The Records System: An Example of Custom Integrated Case Management Software for Asbestos Litigation, S.T.S.C. Software Development Convention, Bethesda MD, 1988.

Physicians'' Handbook to Asbestos Litigation. Asbestos Medicine and Legal Concepts for Physicians, American College of Chest Physicians Seminar on Asbestos, Tampa FL, 1991.

Asbestos Case Management and the Power of Myth, Nine myths of the well-intentioned but incorrect judiciary, Andrews Publications Seminar, San Francisco CA, 1991.

I Just Can''t Do It Any More: Impairment in Asbestos Litigation. The Scientific Measurement of Impairment and its Presentation in Court, Defense Research Institute, Phoenix AZ, 1991.

The Postmodern World of Mass Litigation, Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers, Winter Seminar, Breckenridge CO, 1991.

An Attorney''s PC Handbook, A Short Handbook of Computer Methods for the Non-computer Person, Practicing Law Institute, New York, 1992 & San Francisco, 1992.

The Results of the National Judicial Poll on Asbestos, Andrews Publications Seminar, Philadelphia PA, 1992.

The Ideal IME in Asbestos Medicine, How to Evaluate Claimants from a Doctor''s and an Attorney''s Perspective, Andrews Publications Seminar, Miami FL, 1991.

Sharing Options: An Old Formula for Multidefendant Defense, Andrews Publications Seminar, New Orleans LA, 1993.

Terra Incognita: Non-Lung, Non-Pleural Cancer Claims. Epidemiological and other scientific evaluation of nonstandard cancer claims, Andrews Publications Seminar, Ft. Lauderdale FL, 1993.

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Defenses Based on Genetics and Inherited Susceptibility, Defense Research Institute Seminar, San Francisco CA, 1993.

Smoke Gets In Your... And You Die: Diseases Associated with Cigarette Smoking, The New Wave Conference on Tobacco Litigation, New Orleans LA, 1994.

The Air War for North America: Smoking in the Workplace, The New Wave Conference on Tobacco Litigation, New Orleans LA, 1994.

Effects of Tobacco Smoke on the Body and Issues Surrounding Environmental Tobacco Smoke Litigation, Addiction on Trial: The Next Step in Tobacco Litigation, Palm Beach FL, September 1995.

Fiber Analysis and Apportionment in the Mesothelioma Case: A Trial Demonstration, Featuring Direct and Cross-Examination of Experts, Asbestos Litigation 1996: The Driving Issues, New Orleans LA, 1996.

Dissecting the Cigarette Manufacturers'' Arguments, Mealey''s Tobacco Litigation Conference 1996, West Palm Beach FL, June 1996.

One Case a Month: Case Management Orders in Tobacco Litigation, TPLP''s 11th Annual Conference, The Changing Landscape of Tobacco Litigation, Northeastern Univ. School of Law, Boston MA, July 1996.

Tobacco Medicine - Anticipating the Defendant''s Attacks, Tobacco Medicaid Cost Recovery Litigation Seminar, Charleston SC, September 1996.

Presenting the Smoker''s Liability Case: What is Preempted and What is Not, Tobacco Litigation 1996: A Critical Mass?, Ft. Myers FL, October 1996.

Medical Update, Mealey''s Tobacco Litigation Conference 1997, Atlanta GA, March 1997.

Recent Developments in Individual Litigation, TPLP''s 12th Annual Conference, Settle or Fight: Tobacco Litigation Strategies for Achieving Public Health Goals, Northeastern Univ. School of Law, Boston MA, May 1997.

The American Experience, First European Tobacco Liability Conference, Brussels Belgium, June 1997.

Panelist, Should Tort Law Be on the Table?, Harvard Conference on the Proposed Tobacco Settlement, Harvard Law School, July 1997.

Politics of Tobacco, Lung Cancer in the Next Millennium: Considerations for the General Practitioner and the Specialist, Boca Raton FL, November 1997.

Standing Alone: Suits by Individual Smokers, Mealey''s Tobacco Conference: Settlement and Beyond, Chicago IL, September 1997.

Panelist, Second Harvard Conference on Tobacco Litigation, Harvard Law School, November 1997.

Guest Lecturer, Florida Coastal School of Law, Jacksonville FL. Tobacco Trial Panel: An Indepth Analysis, Mealey''s Tobacco Conference: Settlement & Beyond 1988, Amelia Island FL, February 1998.

Moderator, Who Should Fill the Empty Chair, Mealey''s New Fronts in the Asbestos Wars, Boston, September 1998.

How to Beat Big Tobacco in Individual Cases and Panel: Accessing Documents, 14th Tobacco Products Liability Conference, Boston, October 1998.

Hot Documents: How are they Being Used to Bolster Claims? Conspiracy and Fraud. Review of Recent Publications, Mealey's Tobacco Litigation Conference, November 1998.

Amelia Island, FL. Tobacco Settlement: Implications for Healthcare, Multi-Modality Management of Common Malignancies, Washington University School of Medicine and Salick Health Care, Inc., Boca Raton FL, February 1999.

Using New Documents to Prove a Conspiracy Claim, Andrew's Tobacco Litigation Conference, New Orleans LA, April 1999.

The Low-Tar Fraud, From Tobacco to Firearms: Lessons for Litigators, TPLP''s 15th Annual Conference, Northeastern Univ. School of Law, Boston MA, May 1999.

The Scientific and Legal Bases for Cigarette Liability, Global Tobacco Litigation Seminar, Oslo Norway, May 28-June 1, 1999.

Tobacco, New Liabilities Confronting the World Insurance Market Conference, Mealey's Publications, London England, June 1999.

Punitive Damages and its Potential Impact on Tobacco Industry Solvency, TPLP's 16th Annual Conference, Northeastern Univ. School of Law, Boston MA, May 2000.

How A Cigarette Works, 11th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health, Chicago IL, August 2000.

ATLA Tobacco Litigation group presenter, 2000 ATLA Convention/Chicago, August 2000.

Internet Research for Legal Staff, faculty, Jacksonville FL, October 2000.

Scientific Basis for Tobacco Industry Liability, Mealey's Reinsurance Conference, West Palm Beach FL, November 9-10, 2000.

History of Asbestos Litigation, Mealeys Asbestos 101 Litigation Conference, Washington DC, February 2001.

Conference Chairs:

  • Asbestos Litigation: The Eye of the Storm. Current Medical and Legal Issues, Bal Harbour, FL, February 25-26, 1991.
  • Case Management Issues In Asbestos Litigation, Andrews Publications, San Francisco, CA, 1991.
  • Critical Options: The Judges'' Seminar on Asbestos Litigation, Philadelphia, PA, 1992.
  • The Asbestos Future Class Action and the Future of Mass Tort Litigation, New Orleans, LA, May 6-7, 1993.
  • On a Course to a New World: Asbestos Litigation after the Global Settlements, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1994.
  • The Driving Issues (Tobacco), New Orleans, LA, May 2-3, 1996.
  • Andrews Publications 6th Annual Tobacco Litigation Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 1999
  • Andrews Publications 7th Annual Tobacco Litigation Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 1999

Trials (Tobacco):

  • Carter v. B&W 1996
  • Connor v. Reynolds 1997
  • Karbiwynk v. Reynolds 1997
  • Maddox (Widdick) v. B&W 1998
  • Newcomb etc. vs. B&W, Reynolds and Philip Morris 1999
  • Boerner v. American Tobacco 2003
  • Blicth v. Liggett 2011
  • Jewett v. Reynolds 2011
  • Pickett v. Reynolds 2012
  • Frailey v. Reynolds 2012
  • Smith v. Reynolds 2012

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444 E. Duval Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

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