William B. Marianes


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  • Emory University Goizueta Business School, MBA, 1981
  • Emory University School of Law, JD, 1981
  • Northwestern University, BA, 1977
  • Georgia

Executive Committee, Technology Law Section, Georgia State Bar

Faculty, National Business Institute

Faculty, Corporate and Banking Law Institute

Faculty, Intellectual Property Law Institute

Faculty, Sports and Entertainment Law Institute

Faculty, Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants

Faculty, International Quality & Productivity Center

Faculty, International Municipal Lawyers’ Association

Faculty, Computer Law Institute 

Faculty Cambridge Institute

Faculty, Public Utility Reports

Member, Archdiocesan Council and National Legal Committee, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Board of Directors and pro bono General Counsel, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta

Board of Directors and pro bono General Counsel, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta Diakonia Retreat Center

Board of Directors, National Hellenic Society

Board of Directors and pro bono General Counsel, AHEPA Centennial Foundation, Inc.

Board of Directors and pro bono General Counsel, AHEPA Mother Lodge Educational Foundation, Inc.

Co-Chair, Legal Committee, Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops

Chair, Strategic Planning Committee and Task Force, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco

Bill practices in the areas of corporate law; mergers and acquisitions; organization and capitalization of business entities; intellectual property identification, protection and commercialization; outsourcing and privatization transactions; franchising; entertainment, publishing, sponsorship and ancillary rights transactions; closely held and family businesses and business succession planning; gaming and state-run lotteries.

He advises and represents entrepreneurial, middle-market and public companies in all aspects of business transactions and mergers and acquisitions activities. He has served as lead counsel in more than $4 billion of outsourcing/privatization transactions.

As part of his commercial and intellectual property practice, Bill has been lead outside counsel on corporate, technology, trademark and licensing matters for a television network, a professional sports organization, a major cellular carrier, several national franchisors and franchisees, and numerous other clients. He has handled intellectual property asset management, intellectual property audits and numerous trademark, copyright, licensing and other intellectual property matters for clients in many industries, including one of America’s largest generators of energy and its affiliates. Bill has been lead counsel in the start-up and operation of two state lotteries and other gaming companies.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Bill held multiple leadership positions at his previous firm, including serving on its Executive Committee, chairing its Technology and Intellectual Property practice group, and chairing the hiring, technology and business development committees.

Bill has also conducted strategic and business planning and business succession planning consulting engagements for a variety of professional services and other firms and non-profit entities. He also advises the Greek Orthodox Church and the largest Hellenic nonprofit organization

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Lead counsel in nine figure acquisition of global insurance adjusting conglomerate.

Lead counsel in acquisition of national restaurant franchisor.

Lead counsel in formation and operation of Georgia Lottery and North Carolina Lottery.

Lead counsel in all matters for international allergy pharmaceutical company.

Lead counsel in all matters for international forensic solutions company.

Lead counsel for national food franchisors and franchisees.

Recipient, Turknett Leadership Character Award, 2007

Recipient, Medal of St. Paul, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Member, Order of St. Andrew, Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarch

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Gaming Law, 2005-2016; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2005-2017, Woodward/White, Inc.

Named to "Georgia Super Lawyers," Closely Held Business, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2004-2008

Named to "Legal Elite," Corporate Law and Intellectual Property, Georgia Trend Business Daily, 2004, 2005

Named to "Who’s Who in Technology in Georgia," Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2004

Named to "Who's Who in America," Marquis Who's Who, 2004

Named to "Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America," Marquis Who's Who, 1989-1990, 1991-1992

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in American Law, Marquis Who's Who, 1987-1988, 2002-2003

Member, Leadership Atlanta Class of 1999

Selected for inclusion in American Hellenic Who's Who in Business and the Professions, American Hellenic Institute, 1989

Distinguished Service Award, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, 1981

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell