William L. Allinder

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William L. Allinder is an attorney and a partner in the law firm Shook, Hardy and Bacon, (SHB), longtime national counsel for Philip Morris. He also worked for Brown & Williamson (B&W). In 1992, SHB billed Allinder's projects for B&W at $190/hour. His duties included document review and collection.[1] Allinder practices out of SHB's offices in Kansas City, Missouri, where he is licensed to practice law. He is vice chair of SHB's National Product Liability Litigation Division, and specializes in defending major products liability litigation. From his SHB profile, he serves as national coordinating counsel for industry liability claims against manufacturers of hazardous products, including tobacco, alcohol beverage and silica litigation. His area of special expertise is issues relating to attorney-client privilege and work product protection.

Allinder is also national coordinating counsel and senior litigation advisor for Lorillard Tobacco Co. He has served as counsel for Lorillard in numerous state and federal courts. He was lead trial counsel for Lorillard Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New Jersey v. Philip Morris, et al. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, a landmark case of aggregated subrogation claims. He has also served as national coordinating counsel for Lockheed Martin Corp. in silica litigation. [2] [3]

Allinder worked on the Rose Defrancesco Cipollone case with Patrick M. Sirridge, who is also with SHB and represents PM.[4] The Cipollone case was important because it was the first tobacco case ever in which the plaintiff was awarded damages. The award was small, but made it a landmark case. Sirridge is important because he authored a legal analysis in 1983 about why internal studies being done by scientists Victor J. DeNoble and Paul Mele at PM in the early 1980s (on the behavioral effects of nicotine) posed a danger to the tobacco industry (they revealed hallmarks of addiction).[5]


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William L. Allinder
Shook, Hardy and Bacon
2555 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Phone: 816-474-6550 (Main)
Fax: 816-421-5547


  1. Brown & Williamson Brown & Williamson: Category Breakdown - July, 1992 Financial report with tables. July, 1992. 72 p. Bates No. 680901356/1427, at Pages 37, 42, 63 and 65
  2. William L. Allinder State of Washington, Plaintiff, v. American Tobacco Co., Inc., et al, Defendants, Declaration of William L. Allinder on Behalf of Defenant Philip Morris Incorporated in Opposition to Motion to Compel Optically Scanned Documents Court pleading. December 19, 1996. 2 pp. Bates No. 2084349043/9044
  3. Shook, Hardy and Bacon Biosketch of attorney William L. Allinder, SHB Corporate Web site, accessed February 21, 2009
  4. Blitz Reporting, Brown Connery, Budd Larner, Shook, Hardy and Bacon, Webster Sheffield Antonio Cipollone, Individually and as Executor of the Estate of Rose D. Cipollone, Plaintiff, Against Liggett Group, Inc., a Delaware Corporation, Philip Morris, Inc., a virginai Corporation and Loew's Theaters, Inc., Defedants Civil Action No. 83-2864 (SA). Deposition/Trial transcript. February 28, 1991. Bates No. 85759524/9699
  5. [http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/bkn46e00 Hearing of the Health & Environment Subcommittee Hearing: Dr. Victor Denoble and Dr. Paul Mele Transcript. April 28, 1994. 73 pp. Bates No. 2023963269/3341
  6. Philip Morris Incorporated's Introduction to Privilege Log and Glossary of Names, Estate of Earl Butler v. PMI, et al, April 19, 1996

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