Voters elected Bill into the court of appeals November, 2014 and he assumed the bench January 1, 2015.
Since then he has authored hundreds of legal opinions involving a broad array of civil, criminal, family, and trust and estate issues. He has also been a frequent legal education speaker and National Institute of Trial Advocacy instructor.
Bill brings experience, stability, sound judgment, academic excellence, hard work, integrity, common sense, and fairness to the court of appeals.
Bill graduated from the SMU School of Law in 1982 cum laude; was an editor on the Southwestern Law Journal and served as a Co-Editor of the Journal’s Annual Survey of Texas law. He was also elected a member of the Order of the Coif honor society and the Phi Delta Phi honor fraternity.
Upon graduating from law school, Bill immediately began his career with the Gardere law firm (now Foley Gardere), which is one of Texas’ oldest and largest law firms. In his more than thirty-two years with Gardere, he helped real people solve real problems, businesses grow, and families heal while also helping his firm prosper. He represented many individuals, families, and businesses in complex contract, banking, business tort, antitrust, securities, trade secrets, intellectual property, trust and estate, and domestic and international arbitration cases. He worked with other team members handling cases involving millions and even billions of dollars. He also had the rare privilege of trying a class action suit on its merits.
Years of Experience
Bill represented some the nation’s largest companies and understands how businesses operate on a local, national, and international level. He also represented individuals in cases affecting their homes, businesses, and families. He understands people, what is important to them, and how the law affects their lives. His work as a trial and appellate lawyer and personal background give him the experience, judgment, common sense, and analytical skills needed to fairly and impartially serve Texas citizens as an appellate justice.
He has a top AV Preeminent Rating (5.0 out of 5), Martindale-Hubbell Attorney Directory and has spoken on appellate and trial advocacy, antitrust, and domestic issues. He has published articles regarding appellate advocacy, commercial and government contract and class action arbitration issues.
In addition to being a member of the State Bar of Texas, Bill is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation, Dallas Bar Association, and the Dallas Bar Foundation, and other professional associations. He was an Advisory Board member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and is a Master in the Mac Taylor Inn of Court. He is admitted to practice throughout Texas, in each federal district court in Texas, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court and was also a member of the American Arbitration Association National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators.