William Furnish has become a rising star in business litigation, lending his knowledge on cybersecurity, privacy and data security matters to businesses across a varied set of industries. As a litigator, William focuses on professional liability, complex commercial litigation, and privacy and data security matters. He excels at the intellectual, ethical challenges that arise between data privacy and attorney ethical violations and has established himself as a thought-leader in the ethical overlay between attorney privilege and data privacy and ethics violations.
Of his most recent accomplishments, William provided counsel to the Arizona Attorney General in groundbreaking litigation regarding a law that allowed automobile dealers to access essential and sensitive customer data. He has extended his knowledge on ethics violations to a varied set of industries, including accountants, attorneys, healthcare professionals dealing with nuanced questions surrounding malpractice, securities and privacy.
Prior to joining Osborn Maledon, William was a litigation and trial associate with a firm in New York, where he advised and represented Big Four accounting firms, pharmaceutical manufacturers and other institutional clients in connection with securities, professional liability, intellectual property and commercial litigation. A skilled writer and presenter, William has written articles for a number of publications and spoken on data breaches and cybersecurity.
An active volunteer since his year abroad in the Republic of Armenia with the Peace Corps, he is a board member and a member of the Finance Committee at the Phoenix Public Library Foundation and a member of the AZ Technology Network. His commitment to the community extends into his practice, where he dedicates a significant amount of time to pro bono work for asylum seekers.
- Southwest Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2020
- Best Lawyers®, Commercial Litigation, 2023
- Best Lawyers®, Ones to Watch, 2021
- Federal Bar Association, Board Member
- Arizona State Bar Fee Arbitration Advisory Group
- Phoenix Public Library Foundation, Board Member, Finance Committee, Chair
- Dartmouth Alumni Admissions Ambassador
- Latham Alumni Network
- AZ Technology Council
- Phoenix Symphony Young Professional Board, 2017-2019
- Peace Corps, 2004-2006
Articles and Book Chapters
- Working with Data Security Experts Before and After a Breach, Arizona Attorney Magazine, February 2022
- How do Businesses and Employees Protect Themselves from Cyberthreats?
Table of Experts published by Phoenix Business Journal
- Companies must remain vigilant to comply with new laws governing data breaches
Published by Phoenix Business Journal
- Domestic Privacy Profile: Arizona
Published by Bloomberg Law: Privacy & Data Security, Last updated May 2019
- A Primer on Document Retention and Disclosure Requirements for In-House Counsel
2017-2018 Arizona In-House Counsel Guide, Association of Corporate Counsel, November 2017
- Co-Author with Christopher Harris, “Legal Privilege and Related Issues in Insolvency and Restructuring Matters,” The Review Of Banking & Financial Services (March 2014)
- Contributing Editor, “Section 11 of the Securities Act,” Federal Securities Litigation: A Deskbook For The Practitioner, Data Trace Publishing (3rd Ed. 2014)
- Presenter – “The Ethics of Working Remotely”
Presented to the Arizona ACC Chapter (June 25, 2021)
- Presenter – “Ethics & Technology: Understand Your Duties When Using Tech Resources”
Presented to the Arizona ACC Chapter (July 22, 2020)
- Presenter – “The Ethical Implications of Data Privacy for Legal Professionals”
Presented at the 2019 Maricopa County Bar Association Paralegal Conference (November 8, 2019)
- Presenter – “Cybersecurity and Safeguarding Client Property and Confidences”
Presented at the Maricopa County Bar Association (June 21, 2019)
- Panelist – Phoenix Business Journal Cybersecurity Forum (March 14, 2019)
- Presenter – “Cybersecurity and Trade Secret Theft,” TAG Alliance International Conference, IP Section (October 24, 2018)
- Presenter – “Billing: Best Practices,” Maricopa County Bar Association Paralegal Conference (November 9, 2018)