For nearly 30 years clients have put their faith and trust in William, relying upon his extensive litigation experience and knowing that he will handle their cases with honesty and integrity.

Overview

Insurers, financial institutions, and telecommunications companies value William’s skills as a litigator. William’s practice includes ERISA and non-ERISA litigation in the life, health and disability fields. He has practiced in courts across the nation in a wide variety of complex class action and business litigation matters.

Experience

He has won summary judgments for numerous defendants in ERISA and non-ERISA life and disability cases.

William obtained a favorable judgment for a defendant in a multi-day arbitration hearing before a three-member AAA arbitration panel. Plaintiff sought damages in excess of $3 million as well as punitive damages, statutory penalties and attorneys’ fees.

He successfully defended an insurer against a claim for life insurance benefits after the insured failed to report his cancer diagnosis shortly before obtaining supplemental life insurance.

In a case involving catastrophic damage to hundreds of property owners from an oil refinery flood and spill, William successfully defeated class certification.

Obtained defense verdicts in jury trials in both state and federal courts in Missouri and Kansas.

Recognitions

Recognitions

Named "Best of the Bar" by the Kansas City Business Journal

Rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Defense Research Institute, Life, Health and Disability Committee 

National Institute of Trial Advocacy

University of Missouri Trial Institute

Ross T. Roberts Inns of Court Program

The Missouri Bar Association

Kansas Bar Association

Admissions

  • Missouri, 1989
  • Kansas, 1990
  • Kansas Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Baylor University, J.D., 1989

  • Order of Barristers
  • Runner-up, Outstanding Advocate, Moot Court Competition

University of Kansas, B.A., with honors and highest distinction, 1986

  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Owl Society

Harvard University, 1985 Summer School

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