Frank C. Woodside, III

Biography

Dr. Frank Woodside is a nationally-known trial lawyer representing manufacturers of pharmaceutical and medical devices, chemicals and flavorings as well as producers of consumer products. Over a period of more than 45 years, he has tried 80+ cases to verdict or judgment, serving as primary trial counsel in medical malpractice, product liability and mass tort cases. His background to practice medicine and surgery for nearly 40 years affords him added knowledge and insight he uses to his clients' advantage in preparing for and defending high-stakes litigation.

His clients include Fortune 500 companies, health care providers and hospitals. His experience includes serving as national trial counsel and MDL counsel for Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals in the Bendectin birth defect litigation; Procter & Gamble in the Rely tampon/toxic shock syndrome litigation; Dow Corning Corporation in the silicone gel breast implant litigation; and Rugby Laboratories in the Fen-Phen litigation. He also served as trial counsel for Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation in the smoking and health litigation, International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. in the microwave popcorn butter flavoring litigation, and Procter & Gamble in the Denture Adhesive Cream litigation.

Dr. Woodside is the chairman emeritus of the firm's Toxic and Environmental Tort practice groups. He is one of only a few attorneys recognized as a Bet-the-Company Litigator by Best Lawyers® and, since 1993, he has been recommended by the referral guide in numerous practices areas. He is the editor of a treatise, Drug Product Liability, published by Matthew Bender, an adjunct professor of law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and an emeritus clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Education

  • NIOSH-Approved Spirometry, UPMC Health System; Pittsburgh, PA  (NIOSH Course Approval No. 101, 2005)
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law  (J.D., cum laude, 1969)
  • Institute of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati; Cincinnati, OH  (Post-graduate courses in Toxicology)
  • University of Cincinnati  (M.D., 1973)
  • The Ohio State University  (B.S., 1966)
    • Microbiology

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Affiliations/Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Northern Kentucky Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • American Society of Hospital Attorneys of the American Hospital Association
  • PLAC
  • Society of Ohio Hospital Attorneys
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Litigation Counsel of America,
    • Order of Juris, fellow
    • , Order of Certus, fellow
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Cincinnati , Ohio Chapter, vice president (2012 - 2012)
  • American Medical Association
  • Ohio State Medical Association
  • Cincinnati Academy of Medicine
  • American College of Legal Medicine, fellow
  • American College of Forensic Examiners
  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
    • Alumni Advisory Council, representative (class of 1973)
    • Dean’s Advisory Council
  • University of Cincinnati Foundation
    • Board of Trustees
    • Finance and Operations Committee
    • Gift Acceptance Committee
  • Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati, Board of Trustees, past member (1981 - 2004)
  • School Board of the Wyoming, Ohio School District, past member (1990 - 1997)
  • American Board of Legal Medicine
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (1991 - 2008)
  • American Board of Forensic Medicine
  • Tocqueville Society
  • Cincinnati Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • Supreme Court of Ohio, Board of Professional Conduct

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers© (1993 - present)
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® 
  • Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial  
  • Master of the Bench for the Potter Stewart Inn of Court
  • Who's Who Legal the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • Cincy Leading Lawyer by Cincy Magazine
  • Life Science Star by LMG Life Sciences (2013)
  • Benchmark Litigation Star in Ohio (2016)