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Bill’s nearly forty years of legal experience has been primarily in the areas of maritime and general civil litigation. He previously headed a very successful and globally recognized marine and energy practice of a large West Coast based law firm. Bill primarily represents multinational companies involved in international trade and marine transportation as well as oil companies and marine and energy underwriters in connection with commercial disputes, casualties, personal injuries and environmental matters. Bill has significant trial experience in both the state and federal courts of California where he holds the highest, “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale Hubbell.

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Born in Galveston, Texas, Bill graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas where he was President of Sid Richardson College and Chairman of the University’s Honor Council. Prior to moving to the U.S. West Coast, Bill served as in-house counsel to the

El Paso LNG Co. in Houston.


Bill has been recognized repeatedly as one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” by the editors of Law and Politics Magazine and for more than 20 years by Best Lawyers in America.


  • Texas

  • Louisiana

  • California (all state and federal courts) and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • J.D., Tulane University in New Orleans, 1978

  • B.A., English, cum laude, Rice University, 1975


  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Proctor Member

  • Cedars Sinai Health System, Board Member

  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Board of Trustees and past Chairman

  • International Trade Education Programs, Past Chairman

  • Coast Guard Foundation, Director

  • Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Immediate past Chairman

  • Los Angeles World Trade Week (2009), Chairman

  • American Maritime Cases, Associate Editor


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