As a litigator, Will seeks to use his life experiences to gain the best outcomes for his clients. His training began well before law school, when he watched his father, a seasoned trial attorney, take great joy in litigating his clients’ matters to favorable results. After joining Reed Smith, Will was trained by a diverse group of attorneys who taught him not only the value of providing clients with a desirable end result, but also the importance of saving his clients time and money throughout the litigation process.
Will’s practice focuses on representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies in a diverse array of industries, including companies focused on food, consumer and industrial product manufacturing and distribution. For many of these companies, Will acts as outside in-house counsel in guiding the companies through litigation and other risks to avoid litigation and, when necessary, handles litigation for these companies from inception through trial and appeal.
Because of his varied experiences and adaptability, Will has become a go-to attorney for several of the firm’s clients involved in trust and estate disputes. Will takes the same approach with his trust and estate clients and aims to focus those clients on resolving their disputes and/or issues in an efficient manner and to protect against future problems.
Will also has substantial experience in the hospitality industry. He gained his first experience in the hospitality industry several years ago through a four-and-a-half month client placement at a leading hotel brand, where he acted as an in-house litigator advising internal clients on a variety of commercial disputes and overseeing outside counsel in ongoing litigation and arbitration. This experience also resulted in the retention of Will and the firm to represent the client in a complex international arbitration dispute involving a hotel management agreement.
Will also acts for several clients in international matters, including disputes involving, distribution and supply agreements, hospitality agreements, and trade secrets. Since his first international arbitration, Will has continued to represent clients in cross-border disputes and international litigation involving parties from Asia and the European Union. Will also continues to work in the hospitality industry on a variety of domestic commercial disputes.
Will is active in pro bono representation in a variety of matters, civil rights claims to effectuate change in the criminal justice system.