Overview

Bill represents and defends plan sponsors and employee benefit plans in connection with claims for denial of benefits, breach of fiduciary duty, and other miscellaneous relief under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). He is Co-Chair of Constangy’s ERISA Litigation Practice Group and also teaches Employee Benefits & Pension Law (a course he created) at Wake Forest University School of Law, where he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law since 2010.

Stemming from his unique accounting and philosophy undergraduate background, Bill takes an analytical approach to simplifying issues in cases that he handles, even drawing inspiration from some of his hobbies, including chess and Sherlock Holmes. In an era when very few cases actually go to trial, Bill nonetheless has significant trial experience, having represented clients in bench and jury trials in state and federal courts, including the United States Tax Court. This trial experience allows Bill to evaluate and handle a lawsuit working backwards from trial to focus at the very outset of a case on what witnesses and documents are important.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Emerging Legal Leader Finalist, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly
  • Legal Elite, North Carolina 
  • Legal Elite, Business North Carolina "Young Guns" category of best attorneys under age 40 
  • Rising Star, North Carolina Super Lawyers® 

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Kaleideum, Board Member
  • Catalyst Church – Greensboro, NC

About Me

Bill loves spending time with his wife, Amy, and daughters, Carolyn, Julie, and Charlotte. He is a serious runner, and enjoys training for all events ranging from sprints to ultra marathons. When he is not thinking about cases, he’s probably thinking about what new Magic: The Gathering deck to build. Bill is also an avid fan of Major League and Minor League Baseball, with the New York Yankees being his favorite team.

News & Analysis

  • “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
  • Paul, 1 Corinthians 9:24

Practice Emphasis

  • ERISA Litigation
  • Employment Discrimination Litigation

Education

Wake Forest University School of Law

  • J.D., cum laude, 2005
  • Order of the Coif
  • James F. Hoge Scholar
  • Wake Forest Law Review, Staff Member (2003-2005)
  • ATLA Trial Team, Member (2003-2005)
  • Moot Court Board (2003-2005)

State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo

  • B.S., Accounting, summa cum laude, 2002
  • Minor in Philosophy 
  • NYSSCPA Outstanding Senior Award

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
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