Bill is considered by his clients as a go-to source for strategic counsel regarding transition planning for architecture, engineering and design firms. He has helped develop ownership transition programs for a number of the leading professional service firms in California for more than 25 years and speaks extensively on the topic. He also advises professional services firms in such areas as contract negotiation, risk prevention, dispute resolution and employment law.

Bill also has an extensive knowledge of mergers and acquisitions and has handled transactions ranging from $1 million to $250 million in enterprise value. For his clients who don’t have in-house counsel, Bill serves as their trusted business adviser, guiding them on their day-to-day legal issues and providing strategic long-term solutions to help them meet their goals.

Bill also serves as co-chair of the firm's Architecture, Engineering and Design Professional Firms practice, as well as the Business Succession Planning practice.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Bill was the founding partner of MBV Law LLP, a full-service boutique law firm in San Francisco. In his prior career as a Certified Public Accountant, Bill was a member of the audit staff of Ernst & Young and worked in the tax department of Deloitte.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

For more than 20 years, Bill has presented at the American Institute of Architects National Conventions, ACEC conferences and other professional gatherings concerning ownership transition and merger-acquisitions programs for service firms.

Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of The Bank of San Francisco, a community bank serving the Greater Bay Area. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of The Head Royce School, an independent school located in Oakland, for nine years and also served as chairman of its Finance Committee.

A resident of Sausalito, California, Bill is an avid cyclist and squash player. He and his wife Bergit are the proud parents of a total of seven children and twelve grandchildren.

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" rated (2016)