wthomas@reedsmith.com

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Bill's practice focuses on administrative practice before all state agencies; legislative practice before the Virginia General Assembly; land-use and administrative practice before all Northern Virginia jurisdictions and agencies; and a corporate governance practice.

Awards & Recognition

  • Recognized as a BTI Client Service Super All-Star for service excellence (2017)
  • Named as one of America's leading lawyers in the area of Government Relations Practice in The Best Lawyers in America 2012-2018 editions. The Best Lawyers lists, representing 80 specialties in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., are compiled through an exhaustive peer-review survey in which thousands of the top lawyers in the United States confidentially evaluate their professional peers.
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, in the area of Administrative Law (2009 and 2010)
  • Selected by his peers and the publishers of Virginia Business Magazine's Legal Elite as one of Virginia's best "Legislative/Regulatory/Admin" attorneys (2008-2010)
  • Recognized as Washington Business Journal’s Top Lawyer in the State and Local Lobbying category (2006 and 2008)
  • Named by Chambers USA as a Senior Statesman in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use in Northern Virginia (2008 and 2010)
  • Recognized in Chambers USA as one of America's leading lawyers in the area of Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use: Northern Virginia (2007 and 2009)
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers since 2010 for his Administrative Law practice
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Virginia Super Lawyers for his Administrative Law practice (2006-2008, 2010-2011, and 2014, 2016). Super Lawyers identifies the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics.

Credentials

  • University of Richmond School of Law, 1963, LL.B., Editor, Richmond Law Notes
  • University of Richmond, 1960
  • Williams College, 1959

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • American Law Institute - Life Member
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference - Member
  • Virginia Electric and Power Company - Board of Directors (1987-2000)