A senior trial lawyer with significant experience in the state and federal courts in Santa Clara County, Bill’s expertise in representing businesses and individuals in complex civil litigation has provided clients many noteworthy results. In addition, Bill works with individuals and families in cases involving litigation such as will contests, trust disputes, and related issues. Bill is often called on in family law matters when specific litigation expertise is required in cases where business concerns are involved. Armed with years of experience helping keep business clients out of court, Bill assists many of the firm’s clients in transactional and contract matters.
J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1978
B.A., Stanford University, 1973
State Bar of California
U.S. District Court, Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California
U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Federal Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court
County of Santa Clara v. Superior Court (Atlantic Richfield Co.) (2010) 50 Cal. 4th 35
County of Santa Clara v. Superior Court (Atlantic Richfield Co.) (2008) 161 Cal.App. 4th 1140
Estate of Wong (1995) 40 Cal.App. 4th 1198, 47 Cal.Rptr. 2d 707
In re Romo (1987) 190 Cal.App. 3d 279, 235 Cal.Rptr. 377
Professional and Community Contributions:
Litigation Counsel of America
Santa Clara County Bar Association
Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association
San Jose Museum of Art, trustee and officer
Legal Counseling Office, Associated Students of Stanford University, managing attorney
Los Altos Educational Foundation, former board member
"Avoiding Avoidance: Keeping Payments After Client Bankruptcy" Daily Journal, September 14, 2011
"Rent Overpayment: Return to Sender?" California Real Estate Journal, February 5, 2010
Real Estate Fraud Defense — Successfully defeated all claims in a $25,000,000+ real estate fraud action against a real estate fund promoter, including recovery of $100% of attorney's fees incurred.
Real Estate Partnership Aribitration Recovery — Obtained an arbitration award of more than $15 million to recover debt owed for clients in a real estate partnership. Subsequently secured a series of arbitration orders that allowed the clients to buyout their partners on favorable terms.
Commercial Lease Recovery — Successfully recovered a substantial portion of sums paid through early settlement on behalf of a major telecommunications client that was overcharged under the terms of a commercial lease