Bill Bates is a member of the firm’s Securities and Financial Institutions Litigation Group. A trial and insolvency lawyer whose career has led to particular experience in technology and finance, Bill served as the lead West Coast trial lawyer for two major computer companies for many years and handles a wide array of commercial litigation matters for technology companies. He represents major financial institutions in workouts and recovery litigation as well as defending claims brought against them.
As an insolvency lawyer, Bill represents secured and unsecured creditors in workouts and consensual and litigated bankruptcy cases. He has lectured and published on various creditors’ rights and bankruptcy topics.
Bill litigates in other fields, as well. In land use cases, he represents property owners in CEQA, eminent domain and other cases. Bill arbitrated one of the largest broker-dealer fraud claims on record, has arbitrated and handled appeals in tax disputes, represents trustees and others in fiduciary litigation, and co-chaired the defense steering group in a class action seeking billions of dollars. He has also taught trial advocacy at Hastings College of the Law and elsewhere.