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Bill is a partner in Reed Smith’s Real Estate Group. Bill’s keen insight into both legal and business issues, and the balance between them, is what has permitted him to gain the trust of numerous Fortune 500 companies, privately held businesses and individuals. His experience includes office, industrial and retail leasing; acquisition, disposition and development of commercial and residential real estate; commercial real estate lending and borrowing; single-family and condominium development and conversion; zoning; and most other types of transactions concerning the ownership, development and financing of real estate.


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, 1995, J.D.
  • Marquette University, 1991, B.S.

  • Illinois

  • American Arbitration Association (AAA) Panel of Arbitrators (Commercial and Construction Disputes)
  • The Economic Club of Chicago
  • Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) 
    • Co-Chair of Future Sites Committee (2011-2016)
    • Board of Directors (2011–2014)
  • Former Adjunct Professor at John Marshall School of Law – Real Estate Drafting

Awards & Recognition

  • Member of the Leading Lawyers Network (2011–2018)