William focuses his practice on insurance defense and the defense of bad faith litigation and general civil or business litigation. He has significant experience in bad faith litigation having started his career with a prominent mid-size insurance defense firm and then, after becoming President of the firm, transitioning to the consumer side. With this unique perspective, William has tried over 50 jury trials in all areas of civil litigation. Although licensed to practice law in California, William has assisted in the defense of bad faith litigation in other states. For example, he participated in the defense of State Farm in Campbell v State Farm ultimately resulting in the Unites States Supreme Court imposing drastic limitations on punitive damages as well as other positive changes in insurance claim practices. Additionally William has experience with professional liability defense.
He also has forged important precedent in case law through appellate decisions. One decision limits the power of the trial court grant a motion for new trial on a ground not specified in the notice of intention. Another decision from the California Supreme Court still sets the standard that a statute of limitations is not tolled when a suspicious patient consults an attorney who advises that there is no legal remedy.
While at the University of California at Irvine, William formed the Speech and Debate Team and was a founder of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. At Southwestern University School of Law, William earned an Am Jur Book Award in Commercial Paper while working with the Southwestern Clinical Law Center and the Los Angeles Superior Court Landlord-Tenant Project under the auspices of now Justice Norman Epstein. Community and charitable activities round out William’s passion for the law as attorney for the Assistance League of Saddleback Valley, President of the Peter Elliott Inn of Court, and Co-Chair of the Orange County Bar Association Client Relations Committee. He fights for the homeless transitioning to permanent housing as Chair of Grandma’s House of Hope and is passionate about spiritual activities.
William is licensed to practice law in California.