Will Irwin is a skilled litigator with experience in a variety of civil matters and a focus on products and premises liability claims associated with the use of asbestos. 

As part of a national coordinating counsel team for a large industrial products company, Will oversees asbestos litigation in some of the country’s most active and high-risk jurisdictions –including Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri and New York – analyzing and executing client strategy with a long-term perspective. 

As local and regional trial counsel in Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin and Indiana for numerous companies embroiled in litigation over the use of asbestos in their products and on their premises, Will handles the day-to-day aspects of large-liability wrongful death and terminal illness claims, including fact and expert depositions, pleadings and motion practice, settlement negotiations and trial.

In 2016 Will served as second chair trial counsel in an asbestos products liability action tried to verdict in St. Louis, Missouri, against one of the leading boutique mesothelioma plaintiff firms in the country. He successfully applied foreign law instead of Missouri law, which allowed the jury to allocate 95 percent of the fault for the plaintiff’s injuries to non-parties. This strategy resulted in a verdict that represented a savings of more than $4.75 million from the plaintiff’s final settlement demand and savings of more than $12.75 million from the amount of damages requested at trial.

From 2009 through 2011, Will served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Donald J. Stohr in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. In that role, he gained invaluable insight into the judicial decision-making process that continues to inform his case strategy and to enhance his ability to achieve positive results for his clients.

Honors

  • Illinois Emerging Lawyer, 2017 – present
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising, 2016 – present

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • DRI

Publications

Contributing Editor

“LexisNexis Illinois Personal Injury Litigation,” 2021 Edition

“LexisNexis Illinois Personal Injury Litigation,” 2020 Edition

“LexisNexis Illinois Personal Injury Litigation,” 2019 Edition