Known for his calm, focused approach to contentious disputes, Bill is adept in helping clients appropriately assess their goals and the risks inherent in going to trial. Although Bill focuses on resolving disputes outside the courtroom whenever possible, companies most often turn to him when a high-stakes matter is going to trial. In particular, clients appreciate Bill’s tested ability to read juries.
For matters litigated to conclusion in these high-exposure cases, Bill’s clients insist that he handle any resulting appeals. In addition, he is often brought in to serve as lead appellate counsel where an outcome in the trial court has created substantial risk for the client. Bill has argued a number of precedent-setting appeals, including several in the federal circuit courts.
Bill served as chair of the firm’s Litigation Department from 2003 through 2018, was a member of the Executive Committee, and currently is the managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office.
Bill’s experience in federal and state court matters includes: