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  • Education
    • J.D./B.C.L., Louisiana State University, 2008, Vice-President, Moot Court Board
    • B.A., Macalester College, 2002, English Literature
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2017
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, 2011
    • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, 2011
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2011
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 2011
William focuses his practice on franchise and distribution litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and related corporate, regulatory and compliance matters. William routinely draws on his national litigation experience to provide advice related to state, federal and international franchise laws. His knowledge encompasses a diverse range of industry-specific legal developments, including food and beverage marketing and regulation, and he has assisted established international brands and emerging local concepts.

As a commercial trial lawyer, William has defended and prosecuted numerous claims involving:

  • Restrictive covenants
  • Trade secrets
  • Intellectual property rights 
  • Breach of contract
  • Fraud/negligent representation
  • Breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing
  • Inadequate disclosure
  • Improper/early termination

William’s frequent writings about legal issues affecting the franchise community have appeared in several leading academic and industry publications. In the fall of 2017, William co-authored an article titled “Turning an (Occasional) Blind Eye: Selective Enforcement of Franchisee Post-Term Non-Compete Covenants,” published in the ABA’s Franchise Law Journal. Other recent contributions include “Having it Both Ways: Can a Franchisor Insist on Arbitration and Litigation?” published in The Franchise Lawyer (Winter 2018) and “A Deeper Dive Into Franchise Due Diligence,” published in Franchising World (March 2017).