“I am a corporate attorney advising my clients on a wide variety of real estate, tax, litigation, and probate matters.”
Bill looks for the best business outcome to meet the needs of his diverse clientele. He counsels closely held businesses and high-net-worth families in a wide variety of transactions, including the acquisition and redevelopment of real estate, opportunity zone fund development, and tax incentive strategies. Bill has also developed a national litigation practice with success in both private arbitration and public litigation, emergency injunctive actions, and precedent-setting appellate cases.
In the field of probate litigation, Bill has represented both trustees and beneficiaries in contested trust actions for high-net-worth probate estates. He has also assisted trustees in the negotiation and disposition of complicated estates, frequently requiring unique solutions and significant judicial oversight.
Finally, Bill has been a leader in defamation law in Michigan. He has been involved in establishing the standards for anonymous online defamation lawsuits in the Michigan Court of Appeals, and he regularly represents parties in free speech litigation in state and federal courts.
- University of Michigan Law School, 2001
- Yale University, 1998
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- Board of Trustees, 2011-2017
- Greening of Detroit
- Board Chair, 2016-2018
- Detroit Athletic Club, 2001-present
- Michigan, 2001
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2013
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2012
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2010
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2002
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2002
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2002
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2001
- dbusiness, "Top Lawyers," 2013
Advised on and closed over $150MM in real estate development transactions, including securing tax incentive-based financing packages within the state of Michigan.
Successfully advised on and structured numerous opportunity zone funds for the financing of qualified opportunity zone businesses and the redevelopment of qualified opportunity zone properties.
Through numerous appellate litigation matters, we successfully argued and assisted in defining online defamation law in Michigan. Thomas M. Cooley Law Sch. v. Doe, 833 N.W.2d 331 (Mich. Ct. App. 2013) (amicus), Ghanam v. Does, 845 N.W.2d 128 (Mich. Ct. App. 2014), and Sarkar v. Doe, 897 N.W.2d 207 (Mich. Ct. App. 2016).
Represented the borrower in negotiations for the refinancing of two mixed-use skyscrapers in downtown Detroit.
Represented the developer in negotiations with the city of Detroit for a multi-acre residential development along the Detroit Riverfront.
Represented a trust beneficiary in the disputed removal and replacement of a trustee over a trust valued in excess of $30MM.
- Obtained reversal of a premature dismissal of a multimillion-dollar silent fraud claim in Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
- Obtained a favorable, published decision from the United States Federal Circuit Court of Appeals defining an important jurisdictional issue that ultimately led to a reversal of summary judgment in the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
- Represented a charitable beneficiary of a multimillion-dollar trust in an action to ensure the appropriate distribution of proceeds where the testator had created a significant ambiguity in the trust.
Represented a financial advisor in an action to ensure payment of earned fees in which we successfully obtained emergency injunctive relief, preventing the $100MM sale of an automotive supplier.
- Represented the trustees assigned to negotiate, litigate, and resolve a billion-dollar claim pool in the bankruptcy and liquidation of a Tier I automotive supplier.
“I am a supporter of Detroit–serving organizations enhancing the arts, environment, workforce development, and education.”
I served on the board of trustees of the Detroit Institute of Arts for six years, and continue to serve on both the Talent and Diversity and Professional Practices subcommittees.
I served on the board of directors for the Greening of Detroit, which enhances the city of Detroit by planting trees, providing job training, and involving youth in the education of the natural environment.
I have raised significant dollars for the benefit of educational organizations in Detroit, including City Year and Detroit Cristo Rey High School.