William F. Alderman

William F. Alderman

Position: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Board of Directors

William F. Alderman is a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in San Francisco, where he specializes in commercial litigation, dispute resolution and counseling relating to securities law, technology, business torts, employee benefits and other matters. He is a 1970 graduate of Yale Law School, serves as a director of Bay Area Legal Aid, and has previously been a director of the Bar Association of San Francisco (audit committee chair), the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, the Bay Area chapter of the National MS Society, and the St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco (president). He has served as a court-appointed mediator, arbitrator and evaluator for the U.S. District Court since 1988. His career-long commitment to pro bono representation has included collaboration with DRA and other disability rights organizations on numerous matters, work on significant Supreme Court cases such as Bakke v. Regents of the University of California and Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, and recruitment and supervision of other Orrick lawyers on hundreds of matters covering a wide variety of public interest issues such as eviction defense, human trafficking, minority businesses, discrimination and consumer protection. His pro bono efforts have been recognized by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, which honored him with its Robert J. Sproul award in 1996. Mr. Alderman is a co-editor of the Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter, has written chapters for the treatises Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts and Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, and writes and speaks frequently on securities and other litigation topics.

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