- Brown University (B.A., 2008)
- Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2012)
- District of Columbia and Maryland
- United States District Court for the District of Maryland
- Alabama federal court agrees with summary judgment finding for Novartis in the Aredia®/Zometa® litigation.
Collins v. Novartis Pharm. Corp., No. 2:08-CV-438 MHT-PWG (M.D. Ala. May 11, 2015)
Grant W. Hollingsworth practices in the Firm's Complex Litigation, Toxic Torts & Products Liability, and Government Investigations groups, with his current core clients consisting of chemical and drug manufacturers. Mr. Hollingsworth has an innate ability to develop favorable witness testimony. To that end, he has conducted over forty depositions in five years of practice, including depositions of plaintiffs and treating physicians. He has also helped prepare company witnesses for deposition in high stakes litigation, as well as defend those witnesses at their depositions and trial. His expertise with witnesses in complex litigation also extends to developing and preparing scientific experts, both for their depositions as well as Daubert hearings.
Mr. Hollingsworth is highly involved in developing case themes based on the initial review of company documents and public media. He has a keen understanding of the likely use of those documents against company witnesses, and also has experience in crafting affirmative, aggressive discovery of the plaintiffs, plaintiffs’ witnesses, and third parties, all with the goal of promoting the company’s defenses. He understands how to leverage favorable testimony in crafting arguments to win cases at the summary judgment, trial, and appellate levels. See, e.g., Collins v. Novartis Pharm. Corp., No. 2:08-cv-438, 2015 WL 178157 (M.D. Ala. Jan. 14, 2015) (granting summary judgment based upon Alabama warranty law where defendant presented overwhelming evidence that the drug was fit for its intended purpose).
Mr. Hollingsworth also has experience in government investigations. Most recently, he represented a client regarding investigations by the USDOJ Office of the Inspector General regarding potential fraudulent actions by a government official. He has represented clients under state and federal investigation for consumer fraud, including counseling these clients as to the best ways to navigate various laws and regulations in conducting their business going forward.
Mr. Hollingsworth has recent experience in employment law matters, including first-chair experience at hearings in federal district court, defending a client against allegations of stolen proprietary information and defamation.
Before joining the Firm, Mr. Hollingsworth clerked in the General Counsel’s office at Norfolk Southern Corporation, and has since helped represent the Firm’s railroad clients in environmental and toxic tort matters. In June 2013, he attended the National Railroad Trial College and is now a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.
Mr. Hollingsworth is a member of the Firm's Recruitment Committee and his pro bono practice has included representing the Friends of the National Arboretum (“FONA”) in litigation involving sewage contamination of waterways within the property.
Mr. Hollingsworth attended Brown University, where he played varsity lacrosse and received his bachelor's degree in Religious Studies. He was a member of the Firm's 2010 Summer Associate class.