Bill concentrates his practice on product liability and complex litigation in the United States and abroad. He has represented clients and tried individual and aggregated cases in state and federal courts across the country. Bill has served as national and regional counsel to manufacturers involved in recurring litigation, including manufacturers of tobacco products, silica products and beverage alcohol.
In the international arena, Bill also represents and consults with clients on product liability matters in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. As international coordinating counsel for multinational corporations, Bill has advised clients on individual cases, class actions, and administrative claims in over 25 countries. Bill trains international counsel to handle specialized cases, oversees legal pleadings and addresses evidentiary issues in foreign courts. Between 2004 and 2006, Bill served as managing partner of the firm's office in Geneva, Switzerland.
Bill also focuses on international law reform and public policy, working with multinational companies, industry associations and law reform organizations. Bill is an expert in class action procedures in civil law countries and advises stakeholders on class action laws being adopted world-wide. Bill is co-author of a chapter on "Class Action Developments Overseas" in Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012). He also co-authored two articles on Mexican class action law in the September 6, 2011, issue of Law360 and the September 30, 2011, issue of The Federalist Society's Class Action Watch newsletter. On June 13, 2012, he spoke at a meeting of the Center for Studies of Economic and Social Rights in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and published an article titled "Class Actions: The North American Experience."
Bill serves as the head of the firm’s “Pipeline Initiative,” which is a Diversity & Inclusion project aimed at encouraging diverse students in high school and college to consider careers in law.
Bill is a member of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and The Lawyers Association of Kansas City. He is listed in Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers and Expert Guides: Guide to the World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers.
While in law school at Creighton University, Bill served as assistant editor of the Creighton Law Review. He is the author of a proposed method of analysis for personal jurisdiction found at 17 Creighton Law Review 1459 (1984).
Bill is admitted to practice before the state courts of Missouri and Nebraska and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
1985 J.D., cum laude, Creighton University School of Law
1982 B.S., cum laude, Creighton University (Chemistry)