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  • Florida (inactive)

A.A.S., Alfred State College, State University of New York 

B.A., State University of New York at Fredonia

J.D., SUNY Buffalo Law School

Bill has extensive experience in all aspects of construction law, including engineering, architectural, and construction contracts; public and private liens; statutory trust funds; and claim documentation, prosecution, defense, and prevention involving claims for contractual, property, and other damages.

Bill is a lecturer at SUNY Buffalo Law School for a course on commercial alternative dispute resolution, which he has taught since 2008. Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Bill was general counsel with a prominent tensioned-membrane structures design, engineering, and construction firm for eight years. Before that, he was in private practice for 18 years, representing contractors, owners, and specialty subcontractors.

Prior to law school, Bill worked in the construction industry as a purchasing agent, estimator, and cost accountant—experience that gave him a background in the industry he adopted as his area of concentration as an attorney. Bill also served active duty as a communications technician, second-class petty officer, in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1971.

Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV peer review rating
  • Note and comment editor, Buffalo Law Review, 1979-80
  • Buffalo Law School Robert J. Connelly Award for Excellence in Trial Practice

Presentations

Publications

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • American Arbitration Association, 1985-2013
  • Construction Industry Employers Association, Inc., 2005-10
  • Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association (director, 1997-2001 and 2003-05; president, 2001-03)
  • SUNY Buffalo Law School Alumni Association board of directors, 1993-96

Community & Pro Bono

  • American Diabetes Association, Western New York Chapter board of directors, 1987-92