William E. Padgett is a partner in the Litigation Department in the Indianapolis, Indiana office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. He has had a broad-based litigation practice, representing clients in matters involving product liability and toxic torts, premises liability, insurance coverage and procurement claims, and a variety of commercial claims. More recently, Mr. Padgett’s practice primarily has included complex litigation involving the defense of toxic tort personal injury lawsuits brought against product manufacturers, and commercial cases involving claims of product defects or non-performance.
Mr. Padgett leads or assists several national defense counsel teams defending chemical, pesticide and other product manufacturers in toxic tort, products liability and commercial litigation throughout the United States. In this capacity, he has extensively addressed manufacturer conspiracy claims, federal preemption, the admissibility of expert witnesses’ opinions, and a wide variety of other products liability issues under the laws of numerous states. He also has broad experience with the economic loss doctrine and various warranty defenses as part of his commercial litigation practice, and also works with Barnes & Thornburg’s Environmental Department in litigation matters. Finally, Mr. Padgett often advises clients on business practices intended to avoid products liability and commercial claims, including in the areas of occupational health and safety, product advertising, and warranty practices.
He is admitted to practice before the Indiana Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd and 7th Circuits and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.
Mr. Padgett received his B.A. magna cum laude in 1992 from Wabash College and J.D. cum laude in 1995 from Indiana University – Bloomington, where he was articles editor of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies. Mr. Padgett is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
Mr. Padgett is active in the fight to end domestic violence, serving as a long-time member and officer of the Board of Directors for the Julian Center and current member of the Board of Directors for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. He also handles pro bono family law cases for battered women.