Bill graduated from the SMU School of Law in 1982 cum laude (with honors); 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 began his career with the Gardere law firm. In his nearly thirty years with Gardere, he has represented many businesses and individuals in complex contract, banking, business tort, antitrust, securities, trade secrets, intellectual property, trust and estate, domestic and international arbitration cases. He has worked with other team members as the principal legal analyst in cases involving millions and even billions of dollars. He has also had the rare privilege of trying a class action suit on its merits.
In addition to being a member of the State Bar of Texas, Bill is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Foundation, the American Bar Association, the Fifth Circuit Bar Association, and the International Bar Association. He is 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 is also a member of the American Arbitration Association National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators.
Bill and Kit have three wonderful children. Ben (28) is a third-year law student at the SMU Dedman School of Law; Calli (25) is a pre-school teacher in Berlin; and Will (21) is a junior finance major at Texas A&M University. They have lived in their Coppell home for more than eighteen years and attend Valley Ranch Baptist Church. Bill has participated in Bible Study Fellowship for nine years.
He is a dedicated father who has coached youth soccer and basketball and participated with his children in the YMCA Indian Guides and Princesses programs, Bill has enjoyed many hours at baseball, basketball, lacrosse, football, and soccer games and cross country and track meets. He likes running, sailing, hunting, and college sports. He is passionate about his family and Texas.