Bill represents technology companies at all stages of their life cycles, from formation and fundraising through strategic transactions and public offerings. Angel and venture investors also turn to Bill for advice and guidance on investment transactions in the technology space, particularly those in the media, Internet, e-commerce, mobile applications, gaming and SaaS.
A former in-house attorney at two technology companies, Bill is uniquely qualified to help entrepreneurs and early-stage companies navigate the critical legal and business issues involved in starting a technology company. His clients rely on him for practical and timely advice on market terms, industry trends and fundraising opportunities so that they have the right information with which to make critical legal and business decisions.
Bill very much values building long-standing relationships with his clients and continues to advise them as they grow and evolve on general corporate matters, securities issues, employment matters and management and board fiduciary duties.
Bill has significant experience representing both companies and investors in corporate, securities and M&A transactions. Specifically, over his career, he has:
- Formed and acted as outside general counsel to hundreds of startups
- Represented companies in negotiating and closing investments totaling over $1 billion in the aggregate
- Represented over 50 startups in implementing successful exit strategies
- Represented a sizeable number of major VC funds and corporate strategic investors in investments across multiple technology industries
- Acted as outside general counsel to numerous public companies
What Can You Expect When You Work with Bill?
Working with Bill means having an attorney who will provide practical, creative and thoughtful legal advice in a highly efficient manner, who values long-term client relationships and who is committed to treating each of his clients, whether large or small, with significant personal attention.
More about Bill
Bill frequently writes and speaks on legal and business issues related to venture capital financing, startup matters, mergers and acquisitions and other corporate and securities matters. He has been honored several times by Chambers USA as a leading corporate and M&A lawyer in Washington, including most recently in 2022, and Super Lawyers has regularly recognized him for securities and corporate finance over his career. Bill has consistently been recognized by Best Lawyers for Venture Capital Law since 2015 and in 2021 was named lawyer of the year for Venture Capital in Seattle. The 2017 Greater Seattle Tech Ecosystem Report conducted by the Iinnovate Leadership Network and the University of Washington Bothell also recognized Bill as one of the top tech lawyers in the greater Seattle area.
Bill serves on the Advisory Board of the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and has previously served on the Seattle Aquarium Society Board of Directors. Bill also regularly is a guest lecturer at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and is an adjunct professor at the University of Washington where he teaches a course on legal essentials for the UW’s Masters of Science in Entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining Fenwick, Bill was a partner at a multinational law firm, served as chief counsel for Terabeam, and was associate general counsel for Network Commerce.
When not at work, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys, as well as boating, listening to new music, kayaking, skiing, hiking, watching movies and TV and searching for the next “cool” electronic gadgets.
- 100 Thieves
- A-Alpha Bio
- American Express
- Boomcloud 360
- Cyemptive Technologies
- Dream Sports
- F5 Networks
- Founders Circle Capital
- GGV Capital
- Institutional Venture Partners
- Jeeva Wireless
- Liquid Death
- Madrona Venture Group
- Mammoth Media
- Phoenix Labs
- Robot Entertainment
- Science Media
- Scripps Networks Interactive
- Tubular Labs
- Universal Cells
- Voyager Capital
- Vulcan Capital
- Walk Score
Education & Admissions
J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law
Order of the Coif
Citations Editor, The International Lawyer
M.B.A., Southern Methodist University
B.A., Westminster College
Admitted to practice in Washington