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  • Education
    • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 2000
    • B.S., Truman State University, 1997

Bill helps clients identify and navigate complex litigation, environmental, and regulatory matters through strategic planning, negotiations, and case management.

Bill identifies and implements creative and practical solutions for clients who may have liability from the use, sale, release, or disposal of potentially hazardous material or products. Bill represents clients in mass tort cases, class actions, CERCLA matters, environmental litigation, environmental citizen suits, negotiations with regulators, accident investigations, and contractual disputes. Bill helps clients comply with regulatory requirements for and minimize potential risk from the sale, use, release, or disposal of chemicals, bio-engineered systems, and biotechnology.

Bill works extensively with medical and environmental experts to develop creative and practical positions to help advance his client’s position in court or with Federal and State regulators. Bill has handled matters involving exposures to potentially contaminated soil, surface water, groundwater, and air emissions. Bill works extensively with hydrologists, air modelers, toxicologists, epidemiologists, medical doctors, and engineers on those matters. Bill has experience representing clients for a wide range of potentially hazardous materials, including mercury, PCBs, lead, benzene, PAHs, biologically hazardous material, and asbestos. Bill has provided advice to clients related to the use and potential liabilities associated with marketing GMOs.

  • Represented a large cement company in a mass tort case where plaintiffs alleged its hauling operations created a nuisance for those living along the hauling route.  The case settled after we helped the client successfully lobby the state for legislation that provided the client with limited immunity for its operations.
  • Defended a manufacturer in a putative class action filed by nearby residents who alleged their property was contaminated due to a large fire and explosion at the manufactures plant.  The case was resolved without any funds from the client.
  • Represented manufacturer in a putative class action alleging property damage from a release of mercury. After a multiple-day hearing, the court denied the motion for class certification and the case, along with nine other personal injury cases, was favorably settled.
  • Defended Occidental Chemical Corp. in a 300-plus plaintiff action alleging property damage and emotional distress from mercury released at a mercury cell chlor-alkali plant. The case settled favorably after plaintiffs’ experts were excluded.
  • Helped obtain defense verdict for Tate & Lyle Sucralose, a global provider of ingredients and solutions to the food and beverage industry, in a two-week, 13-plaintiff toxic tort case in state court in southern Alabama. The jury returned the defendant’s verdict in 45 minutes.
  • Represented a pipeline company in multiple environmental and toxic tort matters related to a plume of gasoline under a residential neighborhood. All of the matters settled favorably.
  • Represented a client located in Alabama that was sued in New Jersey by plaintiffs who sought a medical monitoring class action in New Jersey because Alabama home state did not recognize claims for medical monitoring. Plaintiffs claimed that New Jersey had an interest in the case because waste was shipped from New Jersey to their state. The New Jersey State Court dismissed the plaintiffs’ claim because New Jersey was not the right forum.
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