Bill is a leader in HMB’s Technology practice and a partner in the firm’s Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, counseling on data privacy, cyber-security and related intellectual property issues, business divorces and litigation avoidance counseling.
With extensive litigation experience, Bill is a valuable asset in counseling companies and individuals that seek to assess, manage and/or eliminate potential liability risks. He is an accomplished trial attorney who regularly handles highly sensitive “business divorces” and other complicated litigation matters, including matters involving alleged data theft and misappropriation of trade secrets.Read More
Bill represents clients ranging from small business owners to large publicly traded companies in all aspects of their business, consumer and employee relationships. He has extensive experience in the technology sector, working with internet start-ups, mobile marketing and mid-market technology companies.
With extensive litigation, arbitration and counseling experience involving a wide range of commercial disputes, trust and estate controversies and business torts, Bill represents clients in complex litigation arising from breach of fiduciary duties, data usage, intellectual property disputes, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), breach of contract/contract interpretation, product liability, real estate transactions, employment issues, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation, fraud, corporate mismanagement and business defamation issues.
Creative and Practical Counsel
Clients rely on Bill’s creative, yet practical approach to resolve controversies, leveraging his pre-litigation and trial experience to guide them throughout the entire process.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
Loyola University Chicago, B.A., cum laude
King’s College of London, Study Abroad
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
American Bar Association, Member
Illinois State Bar Association, Member
ABA Business Law Section Member (Cyberspace Law, International Business & Corporate Counsel Committees)
ABA Science & Technology Law Member (Big Data, Cloud Computing, Data Property Rights & Internet of Things Committees)
ABA Section of Litigation Member (Trial Practice: Email & Social Media, Intellectual Property & Professional Services Liability Committees)
HMB’s Insurance Advisory Practice is continuing to monitor developments on hundreds of cases filed nationwide by business owners against insurers over denials of business interruption COVID-19 and government shutdown order related claims. HMB is tracking how courts are deciding these novel claims and reporting on these observations. This update contains some highlights of recent favorable decisions of potential significance for…
May 12, 2020 As COVID-19 presses state and local governments to continue their shutdown orders, some businesses are incurring extensive expenses and losses. Whether the business is open with limited capacity, allowing employees to work from home, or closed until the orders are lifted, businesses are asking if and how insurance can provide relief. This article provides information on the…
Many current businesses own cyber insurance policies that actually may not cover incidents or claims that are the result of an employee using his/her own personal device(s) for Work From Home (“WFH”) purposes for their employer. This is an easy mistake for employees as WFH is the current norm. As with all insurance contracts, whether there is coverage or not…
The original case was brought in California federal district court in 2017 by a company (hiQ) trying to protect its business of using publicly posted user data on LinkedIn. The California federal district court awarded a temporary restraining order against LinkedIn. This order allowed hiQ to keep scraping data off of LinkedIn’s platform on employees in connection with one of…
Business Email Compromise ("BEC") is a scam perpetrated by cyber criminals to attack businesses that first began to be tracked and reported by the FBI in 2013. BEC typically consists of phony or phishing emails that appear to originate from a company executive or member of a company's accounting or finance department containing fraudulent payment instructions with the objective to…
4/8/2020 12:00pm CST Sean D. Auton, Aaron L. Hammer, Bill Katris and Matthew R. Barrett will discuss COVID-19 and its impact on Contract Rights and Insurance Claims. This webinar for the Chicagoland Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization will address questions such as: Contract Rights under COVID-19 I can’t perform under my contract or leases - what remedies do I…
It was not so long ago that in the cyberspace realm businesses only needed to worry about having a good firewall and spam filter to prevent fraud. Now, as technology has advanced so have the fraudsters and the government is warning businesses, especially those conducting business with foreign suppliers and/or businesses, of a new and escalating scam called the Business Email Compromise, the BEC.
A new section in the Illinois Probate Act, 755 ILCS 5/4-a, et seq., titled "Presumptively Void Transfers," which took effect January 1, 2015, creates a rebuttable presumption that a document that transfers assets upon a person's death, referred to as a "transfer instrument," that transfers $20,000 or more to a caregiver is invalid. The intent of the new law is…