Bill is co-leader of Osborn Maledon's business practice. His personal practice focuses on representing entrepreneurs and investors in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financing and other significant business transactions. Bill also represents growth companies as outside general counsel in establishing strategic relationships, joint ventures, technology licensing and distribution deals, executive employment and compensation arrangements and other matters. Bill has also assisted public and private organizations in developing and implementing economic development and capital formation legislative initiatives and ballot campaigns.
Bill graduated, with honors, from The University of Chicago Law School in 1982. Bill is recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business and by Best Lawyers® and has ranked among the Top 50 Arizona Attorneys by Southwest Super Lawyers.
Clients served represent a variety of industries and have included: Apollo Group; Archetypes Inc.; Arizona Board of Regents; Arizona State University; Beauty Innovations Group; Carefx Corporation; Columbia University; Heska Corporation; Honeywell; NetPro Computing; Philosophy, Inc.; Quality Care Solutions, Inc.; ST Microelectronics; and W.L. Gore & Associates.
In addition to his law practice, Bill remains active in community projects focusing on economic development, education, housing and human rights. During Governor Napolitano's administration, he served as Co-Chair of the Governor's Council on Innovation and Technology and a director of the Arizona Economic Resource Organization. He currently serves on the board of the Human Services Campus, which coordinates services for homeless persons in Maricopa County. In 2019, he will join the board of Phoenix Legal Action Network (PLAN), a community-based organization founded to provide legal services to refugees and immigrants facing deportation.
Over the years, Bill has worked on a variety of legal and philanthropic projects for various organizations working to promote marriage equality and the civil rights of LGBT persons. Bill was a founder of the Arizona Human Rights Fund, now Equality Arizona, serving as a director and pro bono legal counsel for many years. Governor Napolitano awarded Bill the first Governor's Award for Excellence in Human Rights in 2005.
In February 2019, Bill will begin a term on the national board of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV.
In 2015, Bill received the Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award from the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education of the State Bar of Arizona and in 2017, the Judge Learned Hand Community Service award from the American Jewish Committee.
Bill is commended by clients as " very good strategically and a calming influence." (Chambers USA 2018) His law partners thought this was hilarious.