Bill has a long track record of successfully helping clients resolve complex legal problems. He has particular expertise in helping financial institutions, including national banks, regional banks, and non-bank financial institutions across various lines of business including auto finance, mortgage, credit cards, deposit, securities, and investment banking. He has a comprehensive approach to help clients resolve disputes and manage risk, including government investigations and regulatory compliance, class actions, and counterparty disputes. He has helped clients with matters before state attorneys general, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and state mini-CFPB analogs. This work includes help with remediation plans, compliance efforts, internal investigations, and responses to matters requiring attention (MRAs), self-identified audit issues (SIAIs), and memoranda of understanding (MOUs).Bill’s commercial litigation experience includes antitrust cases, shareholder’s disputes, franchise disputes, software development disputes, and financial services litigation. He has substantial experience in crisis-related mortgage litigation including large cases and mass cases involving title insurance, repurchase demands, and related issues.
In addition to his more than 25 years of experience practicing, Bill worked in-house at Bank of America as Special Counsel during 2009 and 2010. As part of a three-person team, he managed the defense of securities lawsuits related to proxy statements for the Bank of America-Merrill Lynch merger. Bill also served as a judicial law clerk to three federal judges after law school.
He has appeared in federal, state trial, and appellate courts in jurisdictions across the country. He has also represented clients in significant arbitration proceedings. He has handled cases involving insurance coverage, business torts and unfair business practices, software and technology disputes, supply chain disputes, mergers and acquisitions related disputes, and construction litigation. In addition, he has represented creditors in collection actions, workouts, and bankruptcies. He has experience in a wide variety of industries beyond financial services, including food and beverage, manufacturing, transportation, construction, health care, chemicals, automotive, technology, software and information services, and retail.
Bill has a comprehensive understanding of the mortgage business stemming from his litigation engagements, compliance and regulatory work, and industry involvement. He has been a member of the Mortgage Banking Association for many years and has achieved the MBA’s Accredited Mortgage Professional designation. He represents a wide array of national banks and regional banks, as well as independent mortgage originators and mortgage servicers in a broad spectrum of mortgage related litigation, including enforcement actions. He also regularly counsels clients on regulatory and compliance issues in the field. Bill has particular expertise through years of experience in identifying, marshalling, analyzing, and presenting data – both from financial services clients and third parties – to effectively support our clients’ positions and ensure compliance with the law.
In the antitrust area, Bill advises clients on compliance with the Robinson-Patman Act, Sherman Act, Clayton Act, and state unfair trade practice laws. He advises clients on sales, marketing, and distribution programs that raise antitrust issues. He also has experience litigating major antitrust matters, including large class action cases concerning both horizontal and vertical claims.
Bill is also active in the community. For example, he has coached youth sports for many years and has coached youth basketball for 30 years.