Bill represents clients before government agencies in highly regulated industries. He has worked for all three branches of the Illinois government: the executive, legislative and judiciary.
As a former legal adviser to the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB), he authored portions of Illinois’ gaming regulations and advised the IGB and the governor’s office on all aspects of gaming law and regulation. Bill draws upon this and his other government experience to counsel clients in the gaming and medical cannabis industries and other industries that have regulatory oversight.
Bill guides gaming industry companies, suppliers and investors in navigating complex gaming laws. He regularly defends gaming licensees in proceedings before the IGB and has successfully enjoined the IGB from taking away gaming licenses. Bill also serves as the co-chair for the Chicago Bar Association’s Gaming Law Committee.
Bill counsels clients on promotional sweepstakes, contests, fantasy sport leagues and charitable raffles, ensuring that such programs comply with state and federal laws and do not constitute illegal gambling.
Bill also advises clients on Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, and has helped in acquiring cultivation licenses from the Illinois Department of Agriculture and dispensary licenses from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. In addition, Bill counsels clients in the medical cannabis space in Pennsylvania, California and other jurisdictions. He assists clients with business formation, operational plans, shareholder agreements and regulatory compliance. Bill advises clients with banking and U.S. Department of Treasury issues relating to medical cannabis transactions.
Additionally, Bill regularly litigates in administrative hearings, trial courts and appellate courts. In addition to the IGB, Bill’s experience includes representing clients with the Illinois Racing Board, Illinois Department of Public Health, the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Illinois State Board of Elections, the University of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, the Illinois Secretary of State, the Illinois Department of Revenue and the Cook County Department of Revenue. His litigation experience also includes acting as lead counsel in state and nationwide class actions, and handling commercial and regulatory disputes between competitors.
Before Fox Rothschild
Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Bill was a partner at Nixon Peabody (previously Ungaretti & Harris). Bill was also Acting General Counsel and Legal Counsel to the Illinois Gaming Board for over seven years. Early in his legal career, he was Assistant General Counsel to the Illinois House of Representatives and the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Aaron Jaffe in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
In addition to his legal and state government experience, Bill has held numerous county and municipal positions, including:
- Commissioner, East Skokie Drainage District, Lake County, Illinois (March 2013-Present)
- Member, Park District of Highland Park, Parks Advisory Committee, Highland Park, Illinois (2011-2013)
- Commissioner and former Chairman, City of Highland Park Natural Resources Commission, Highland Park, Illinois (2011-2013)
- Commissioner and former Chairman, City of Highland Park Environmental Commission, Highland Park, Illinois (2006-2010)
Honors & Awards
- Selected for inclusion in Expert Guide’s: Best of the Best USA – Top 30 Gaming Lawyers in the United States (2014)