Overview

Bill is a seasoned trial lawyer who represents individual and corporate clients in federal criminal investigations, regulatory enforcement actions, civil litigation, and corporate internal investigations. He has experience in federal district and appellate courts across the country, including first-chair trial experience in both civil and criminal cases.

He represents corporations and individuals accused of alleged wrongdoing, such as fraud, political corruption, tax evasion, extortion, bribery, foreign corrupt practices, and antitrust violations. Bill is familiar with the technical coding and billing requirements of federal health care programs, and he frequently advises health care providers in responding to government audits and subpoenas, and, if necessary, in litigating civil or criminal charges. He also counsels providers in defending against claims brought by whistleblowers or qui tam relators.

Bill has experience in defending clients involved in investigations and enforcement actions conducted by the SEC, IRS, EPA, CFTC, OCC, ICE, FDA, USDA, and other federal and state regulatory agencies. He has been involved in several investigations related to the EB-5 visa program, government purchasing rules, anti-dumping duties, and the marketing of pharmaceuticals. Bill also has responded to numerous investigative inquiries by the Illinois Attorney General, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, and other state regulators, and he has litigated consumer fraud and professional licensing matters in both administrative and judicial proceedings.

His civil litigation has involved a range of executive employment and compensation disputes, unfair competition and corporate breach of contract cases, and insurance matters.

  • Experience

    • Lead trial counsel in winning a not guilty verdict on bank fraud charges for our client, who was charged in the Eastern District of Texas with defrauding lenders through real estate transactions designed to take advantage of a federal tax incentive implemented after Hurricane Katrina.
    • Represented key players in many high-profile criminal investigations, including the General Motors’ ignition switch and Takata airbag recalls, and the federal inquiry into United Airlines’ ties to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
    • Represented Antoin Rezko, an advisor to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, in a three-month trial in Chicago.
    • Represented the lead defendant in the TAP Pharmaceuticals case, which culminated in the acquittal of all individual defendants after a three-month jury trial in Boston.
    • Led discovery and was second chair in the trial defense of a Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois executive, which ended in an acquittal after a lengthy trial in the Southern District of Illinois.
    • Represented a former attorney who was charged with developing complex tax shelters promoted by major law firms, banks, and brokerage houses during a four-month trial in New York.
    • Led the trial defense of the owner of a California pharmacy charged with criminal health care fraud offenses.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 1994
      Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Coordinating Note Editor
    • Wake Forest University, B.A., Political Philosophy, 1991, magna cum laude

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

        Professional Memberships

        • American Bar Association
        • Chicago Bar Association
        • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
      • Insights

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        News Release

        Schiff Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2022

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 51 attorneys have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2022.

        Alert

        CBD Regulation: Not Much Progress in 2021

        The FDA’s position that the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) prohibits CBD from being sold in interstate commerce as a dietary supplement or food ingredient makes national companies hesitant to sell products containing CBD or do business with the CBD industry.

        News Release

        Chambers USA 2021 Ranks Five Practice Areas and 16 Attorneys

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that five practice areas have been ranked in Chambers USA 2021 guide, including a new nationwide ranking for Energy: Electricity (Transactional).

        News Release

        Super Lawyers Names 28 Attorneys to 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Lists

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 28 attorneys have been recognized on the 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

        News Release

        Eighty-One Attorneys Named to 2021 Leading Lawyers

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to have 81 attorneys named to the 2021 Leading Lawyers list.

        News Release

        Schiff Secures 7th Circuit Precedent-Setting Appeal for “Covered Offense” Sentence Reconsideration Under First Step Act

        Schiff recently scored a significant pro bono victory in the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals for its client and others who were sentenced to disproportionately harsh sentences for crack cocaine offenses.

        News Release

        Schiff Wins Compassionate Release for Two High-Risk Inmates Due to COVID-19

        Schiff Hardin LLP recently secured compassionate release and relief from federal incarceration on behalf of two pro bono inmate clients who each suffered from underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk of serious illness and/or death from COVID-19 had they been exposed in their federal prisons.

        News Release

        Best Lawyers Recognizes 59 Schiff Attorneys, Six “Lawyers of the Year,” and 21 Ones to Watch

        Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 59 attorneys have been listed in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, with six attorneys also being named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice and location.

        Event
        Alert

        COVID-19: Law Enforcement Warns of Increased Fraud, Promises Increased Enforcement

        If history is any guide, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will provide many opportunities for fraudsters to separate the desperate and vulnerable from their money and personal information.

        Speeches & Presentations

        • “Are You Ready for COVID-19 Litigation?” Schiff Hardin, Webinar (Aug. 13, 2020)
      • Awards & Honors

        • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers (2021-2022)
        • Chambers USA – Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, Illinois (2021)
        • Illinois Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2010-2021)
        • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin's Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2017-2021)
        • Peer Reviewed AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell (Since 2016)
        • Illinois Rising Star, Thomson Reuters Illinois Super Lawyers (2009)