Overview
Publications

William Ross is of counsel in the firm’s Los Angeles office. He is a transactional attorney with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and the formation, operation and dissolution of corporations and limited liability companies. Bill also has experience as outside counsel for many privately held and public companies, as well as non-profit higher education institutions, on a wide variety of corporate issues, including corporate governance matters, general business advice, executive compensation, and employment law issues. He has written articles on corporate matters and has lectured on various legal and business topics.

Bill is a long-standing member of Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar (now the California Lawyers Association), and was Co-Chair during its 2016-2017 term. He has also been a member of the American Bar Association Corporate Governance Committee for many years.

In his spare time, Bill enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with his wife and children.

“California Appellate Court Determines that Forum Selection Clause that Includes a Pre-Dispute Jury Trial Waiver is Unenforceable under California Law,” Corporations e-Bulletin of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, November 13, 2019

“California Appellate Court Declines to Extend the Holding in Edwards v. Arthur Andersen LLP to an Exclusive Dealing Business Arrangement,” Corporations e-Bulletin of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, September 5, 2019

Co-Author, “Lawsuit Seeks to Halt S.B. 825 – California’s Gender Quota Law for Boards of Directors,” Corporations e-Bulletin of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, August 14, 2019

“California Court of Appeal Upholds Enforceability in California of Forum Selection Bylaw of Delaware Corporation Headquartered in California,” Corporations e-Bulletin of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, January 7, 2019

“Governor Brown Signs Board of Directors Gender Quota Bill,” Corporations e-Bulletin of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, October 2, 2018

Sweeping Changes to Sexual Harassment and Corporate Laws in California,” Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP Client Alert, October 1, 2018

“Selected 2017 Developments in Corporate Law,” (co-written with Richard G. Burt) Annual Review 2018 of Business Law News, The California Lawyers Association, June 2018

“SEC Issues Its Largest Whistleblower Awards,” Corporations e-Bulletin of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, March 21, 2018

“U.S. Supreme Court Issues Significant Decision on Whistleblowers,” Corporations e-Bulletin of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California Lawyers Association, February 22, 2018

“California Corporations Code Amended Regarding Dissolution/Agreements Among Shareholders,” Corporations e-Bulletin of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, October 16, 2017

“Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Merger Agreement When Covenant to Deliver Tax Opinion is not Satisfied” Corporations e-Bulletin of the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, April 4, 2017

For the First Time, SEC Charges Persons for Hacking into Law Firm Computer Networks,” Corporations e-Bulletin, Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, January 19, 2017

“U.S. Supreme Court Issues Insider Trading Opinion,” Corporations e-Bulletin, Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, December 6, 2016

SEC Continues Bringing Enforcement Actions Against Companies for Restrictive Language in Confidentiality and Severance Agreements That Could Stifle Whistleblowers,” Corporations e-Bulletin, Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, October 18, 2016

SEC Brings Enforcement Action Against a Company for Restrictive Language in Confidentiality Agreement That Could Stifle Whistleblowers,” Corporations e-Bulletin, Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, April 14, 2015

California Court Refuses to Enforce Bylaw Amendment Compelling Arbitration by the Members of the Corporation,” Corporations e-Bulletin, Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, March 13, 2015

Court Finds Successor Liability for FLSA Judgment in Asset Sale,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP Blog), June 19, 2013

SEC Issues Report on Public Companies’ Use of Social Media,” The California Workplace Advisor (Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP Blog), April 18, 2013

Education

J.D., Harvard University, 1981
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1978

Admissions

California