Though Bill is both an accomplished litigator and restructuring lawyer, first and foremost he is a problem solver. As Bill puts it: “Clients don’t care much about titles, nor should they. Rather, they care about solving discrete problems and doing so quickly and efficiently. My job is not to show how smart I am or wow the other side or the court, but instead to solve a discrete problem. Doing so often requires creativity and a myriad of tools, not a one size fits all approach. And working closely with my clients, that is what I do well and enjoy most.”
Bill’s practice is dynamic. On the litigation side, Bill is a trial-tested litigator who understands that solving matters outside the courtroom is preferred. Though he works with clients to avoid the courtroom whenever possible, he is also prepared to litigate and take a case to trial when necessary. A big part of Bill’s practice is loss mitigation, meaning helping his clients avoid problems so litigation is avoided.
On the restructuring side, Bill represents all parties – debtors, creditors, committees, individuals, trustees, and shareholders – in bankruptcy cases throughout the country and out-of-court workouts. His clients range from banks to hedge funds to corporations and also include individuals and family groups. Bill has also represented assignees, handled assignments for the benefit of creditors, and prosecuted and defended hundreds of “preference” cases in bankruptcy court.
Before Fox Rothschild
After graduating from Harvard Law School, Bill began his legal career by clerking for two judges: first Justice Jay Rabinowitz of the Alaska Supreme Court and then Judge Wiley Daniel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.
Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Bill was a partner and co-chair of the Diversity Committee at a large Chicago-based law firm.
In 2012, Bill received the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the highest pro bono honor bestowed by the court. Bill received the award for his work on the landmark case Ligas v. Maram, a class action civil rights case that both protected and expanded living options for those with developmental disabilities in Illinois.
Beyond Fox Rothschild
Outside the firm, Bill actively serves his Chicago community. He is a member of the Misericordia Board of Advisors, serves as a school board member at Oscar Mayer Magnet School, and is also a member of his local neighborhood association, the RANCH Triangle Community Conservation Association.
Away from the job, Bill has earned plaudits for his frequent contributions to national publications, including USA Today and the Chicago Tribune, where he regularly comments on current events and legal topics. Simply stated, Bill is a skilled writer and advocate.
Honors & Awards
- Recipient of the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Inc. (IARF) Champion Award (2015)
- Recipient of the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, the highest pro bono honor bestowed by the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2012)
- Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers
- Rated AV® Preeminent™ – the highest rating possible – by Martindale-Hubbell