Bill Wegner is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Los Angeles office and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Wegner has extensive trial experience in commercial, antitrust, intellectual property, entertainment, and products liability.
Mr. Wegner's trial and litigation successes include securities class action defense, mass environmental torts, product defect and recall, antitrust, Lanham Act, false advertising, unfair competition, copyright infringement, publicity rights, weights and measures regulatory actions, and commercial gaming cases.
Mr. Wegner’s “calm under fire" may be attributable to seven years of military service in the U.S. Army Medical Services Corps (Third Infantry Division), where he developed strategic skills that he continues to employ in litigation today.
He is consistently named in the Top 100 Lawyers in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Business Journal, and is also listed in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, for Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. Best Lawyers®also named him 2013 Lawyer of the Year, Product Liability Defense in Los Angeles.
Mr. Wegner co-authored the California Practice Guide – Civil Trials and Evidence, Volumes 1-3; and the Federal Practice Guide – Civil Trials and Evidence, Volumes 1-3, (The Rutter Group/Thompson West). He has also published a comprehensive work, Relations Among Competitors in Restraint of Trade – Horizontal Price Fixing (Practicing Law Institute), and various articles, including “Fifty Ways to Leave Your ‘Judger’ – Challenging the Judge” (Litigation Magazine, American Bar Association).
As a present Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, he co-founded the Complex Commercial Litigation Institute. Mr. Wegner will be the President of Litigation Counsel of America in 2014. He is past president of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and former Chairman of the President’s Counsel Executive Committee, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Wegner graduated first in his class at the University of Seattle School of Law in 1980. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Santa Clara in 1973.