Leveraging his background as former deputy director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), a role in which he managed the agency's enforcement and policymaking activities, Bill defends clients in enforcement litigation, audits, and complaint investigations brought by the OFCCP.
Bill focuses his practice on OFCCP-related compliance issues, including matters of agency jurisdiction, privileged compensation self-evaluations and adverse impact analyses, Affirmative Action Program development and implementation, and Internet Applicant requirements. He also defends systemic discrimination claims investigated or brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). And when clients embark on workforce reduction implementation, Bill also provides assistance with federal law matters like privileged statistical risk studies and compliance with Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA), and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN).
Bill has more than two decades of experience assisting clients across a broad range of industries, including petrochemical, energy, consumer products, manufacturing, technology, transportation, retail, pharmaceuticals, and financial services.
Bill is an active participant in community affairs and pro bono work. He has an active federal pro bono practice helping veterans obtain U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. He served as lead counsel in Military Order of the Purple Heart v. Sec’y of Veterans Affairs, 580 F.3d 1293 (Fed. Cir. 2009) (invalidating VA’s “extraordinary award review,” and thereby precluding VA from annually overturning 400 benefits awards of $25,000 or more to veterans).
Defended clients in literally hundreds of OFCCP compliance reviews, including corporate management compliance reviews. Clients regularly call on Bill to defend challenging audits and to resolve agency allegations of systemic discrimination through administrative litigation and/or negotiations.
Litigated several high-profile cases with OFCCP related to agency jurisdiction and access issues.
Litigated numerous EEOC/federal class actions for employers in the financial services, retail, technology, transportation and public utilities sectors. He has extensive experience with statistical evidence of discrimination, has taken the depositions of most of the leading statistical experts used by plaintiffs, and has prepared Daubert motions challenging the admissibility of statistical expert reports.
Selected for inclusion into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2020