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At Riley Williams & Piatt, LLC, an Indianapolis based law firm, Will is the head attorney. His practice focuses on plaintiffs' complex litigation including class actions, pharmaceutical and medical device injury, product liability, serious personal injury, defamation and business litigation.

While Will studied at the Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington in 1989, he was also the Executive Editor of the Indiana Law Journal. He was one of the youngest lawyers in Indiana to be awarded the prestigious AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which designates the highest rating for quality of representation and ethics. Due to his outstanding achievements, Will has been locally and nationally appraised numerously. Will has been honored numerous times locally and nationally with selections to Indiana Super Lawyers, Indianapolis Monthly’s Top Attorneys in Indiana, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation’s Top One Percent of Lawyers in 2015, and U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers, and Lawyer of the Year in 2015. Further, Will is a charter member of Rue Ratings Best Attorneys of America.
Joseph N. Williams is a trial lawyer who has over the years recovered in excess of $20 million dollars for victims of corporate misconduct and negligence. With the help of his two firm partners, William and James, Joe was able to battle State Farm in a six-week jury trial in which State Farm accused his client of widespread insurance fraud. Joe’s client was going to be charged with fourteen felony counts if convicted, but Joe along with the rest of Riley Williams & Piatt, was able to demonstrate that State Farm withheld and altered evidence that demonstrated his client’s innocence. Because of this and Joe’s strong closing argument, the jury found his client not guilty and his client recovered a $14.5 million dollar defamation verdict: the largest defamation verdict in Indiana history.

Although Joseph N. Williams mainly focuses on negligence and corporate misconduct, he also handles various other types of trial work, which ranges from personal injury to complex business disputes. As well, Joe dedicates a portion of his practice to protecting consumers through statewide and nationwide class action and mass tort litigations. From this, he has successfully protected class certification decisions in the Court of Appeals and the state Supreme Court. Joe can handle all aspects of class certification, which includes but not limited to briefing, arguing, and obtaining of class certification.
Within Indianapolis, thousands of people live with medical devices implanted inside their bodies. From heart defibrillators to surgical mesh, these medical devices are inserted to help the individual gain a better form of living. However, oftentimes, a medical device is not properly tested for safety and causes bodily harm to an individual. If this has happened to you, you need to call Riley William & Piatt to fight for your rights and get the recovery you deserve. Our firm specialized in product liability cases and will fight tooth-and-nail for you. We make sure all of your medical expenses and mental trauma is paid for, and most importantly, the irresponsible manufacturers will either have to change their ways or they will be put out of business. You will not only save yourself from future harm, but you will also be saving the lives of hundreds of other patients as well.

If you or a loved one is the victim of a faulty medical device, you are not alone. There are usually dozens of other victims within the Indianapolis area that have been harmed by the same device as you. Alone, a single plaintiff product liability case might not hold up in court because manufacturers have an army of defense lawyers and will try to delay the recovery process as much as possible. But together, we can build a strong product liability case and bring crooked OEMs and the Food and Drug Administration to court in a class action lawsuit to prevent terrible events like this from happening again. From fraudulent paperwork to paying off the Food and Drug Administration to move forward a product faster, manufacturers need to be accountable for their actions and not be swayed by greed.
Joseph N. Williams is a trial lawyer at Indianapolis-based law firm, Riley Williams & Piatt, LLC. He has recovered more than $20 million for victims of negligence and corporate misconduct, and is deeply passionate about holding corporate America responsible for its behavior. Furthermore, he has devoted a large portion of his practice to protecting consumers through statewide and nationwide class action and mass tort litigation.

Joseph attended Vanderbilt University Law School for his J.D. and was awarded at his school the Tennessee Bar Association’s Access to Justice Law Student of the Year in 2004 for his commitment to the legal issues confronted by those in need. Joseph was awarded the Indiana Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014, a media outlet that recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. As well, in 2013, he was awarded the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association’s Max Goodwin Young Lawyer Award.

Many times when someone experiences an injury due to any type of defective products (read more about product defect types here), they feel the only proof that is required is the defective product and proof of the injury. There are many ways to prove fault in a product liability case. By familiarizing yourself with the different types of legal theories in regards to product liability, you’ll be much more confident going forward with your case.

First theory to prove fault is by proving negligence of the manufacturer.

Here are the requirements that one must prove in order to use negligence as the basis of their claim:
  1. The manufacturer owed a duty of care to the plaintiff.
  2. The manufacturer breached that duty of care.
  3. Manufacturer’s product or conduct is most of the reason why plaintiff is injured.