Bill has represented clients and tried individual and aggregated cases in state and federal courts across the country. He has served as national and regional counsel to companies involved in recurring litigation, including manufacturers of cigarette products, silica products and beverage alcohol. Since 2004, Bill has concentrated his practice on international litigation. Relying on a foundation of U.S. litigation experience and in-depth familiarity with civil law and procedure, Bill has advised multinational clients on individual cases, class actions and regulatory matters in more than 25 countries. Bill also consults with a broad range of international counsel on specialized legal cases, evidentiary issues, and procedural matters in civil law jurisdictions.
When Who's Who Legal named Shook the 2022 Global Product Liability Law Firm of the Year (for the 16th year), it also recognized Bill as a key individual member of the firm's Product Liability Defense team.
Bill also focuses on law reform and public policy, working with multinational companies, industry associations and law reform organizations. He is co-author of "Class Action Developments Overseas" in Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices. He also prepared a U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform report on law reform in Latin America, in addition to co-authoring 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."
Publications and Presentations
William Crampton, Following Each Other’s Lead: Law Reform in Latin America (U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform 2014).
Harvey L. Kaplan, William J. Crampton and Marc E. Shelley, Chapter 7: Class Action Developments Overseas, Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices (PLI 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009).
William Crampton, Class Actions: The North American Experience, Center for Studies of Economic and Social Rights Meeting (Sao Paulo, Brazil), June 13, 2012.
William Crampton and Silvia Kim, Class Actions - Mexican Style, Law360, Sept. 6, 2011.
William Crampton and Silvia Kim, Piecing Together the Puzzle of Mexican Class Actions, Class Action Watch (Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies), Sept. 30, 2011, at 1.