Rich Moore focuses on complex civil litigation, including extensive experience in the areas of product liability, mass torts, and consumer class actions.  Rich has often defended complex cases brought by numerous plaintiffs, either as individual actions or as putative class actions, involving a variety of products, ranging from pharmaceuticals to financial services products. 

Rich’s practice also focuses on international arbitration and litigation.  Rich’s experience includes representing corporate clients in international commercial arbitrations as well as handling matters for foreign governments. 

Rich grew up in Barnwell, South Carolina.  He graduated from Princeton University in 1995, then spent four years on Capitol Hill working for United States Senator Ernest F. Hollings. Rich received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was in the Order of the Coif. After law school, Rich served two years as a law clerk to Judge David C. Norton of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina before joining Williams & Connolly in 2003.

Representative Experience

  • Representing Genentech in product liability litigation involving Raptiva, a prescription biologic medication, in California state court and various federal courts across the United States.  See, e.g., Marsh v. Genentech, Inc., 693 F.3d 546 (6th Cir. 2012)
  • Representing Pfizer and Wyeth in product liability cases involving the sale of its hormone therapy products in federal and state courts across the United States, including jury trials in Arkansas, Puerto Rico, and Pennsylvania
  • Representing an international project development company in a dispute regarding three construction projects in Nigeria, including serving as lead counsel at evidentiary hearing at the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) in London 
  • Representing a United States medical device company in a Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) arbitration involving a dispute with a Chinese company over a product development agreement
  • Representing Latin American country in federal court in Washington, D.C.
  • Representing consumer product companies in putative consumer class actions in California federal court involving international supply chain issues 
  • Representing financial services company in putative class action in Pennsylvania federal court
  • Representing attorneys in putative legal malpractice class action brought in South Carolina federal court
  • Representing a consumer product company in the Southern District of New York in a commercial dispute alleging claims under the Lanham Act for false advertising
  • Representing a national car dealership company in consumer class actions in South Carolina state court
  • Representing a manufacturer of oil and gas well equipment in a Louisiana state court case against allegations of defective product design 

Education

Recognitions

“Local Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation, 2019

Admissions

Government Service

  • Law Clerk, Judge David C. Norton, United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, 2001-2003
  • Legislative Aide, United States Senator Ernest F. Hollings, 1995-1999
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