Bill is the co-chair of McGuireWoods' private wealth services group and a member of the firm’s fiduciary advisory services practice.
He represents both high-net worth individuals and families on a variety of sensitive and complex estate and business planning matters. His practice focuses on the areas of estate planning and estate and trust administration.
A frequent speaker, Bill has also taught Federal Taxation Practice and Procedure at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business.
Prior to completing his law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law, Bill completed coursework at the University of South Carolina School of Law. While attending the University of Virginia, Bill was a member of the Raven Society and the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society.
Provided comprehensive estate, trust, tax and closely-held business planning advice to multiple generations of high net worth families.
Advised single family office operating in several states on Dodd-Frank Act compliance and related issues.
Drafted multiple grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), including GRATs holding closely held business interests and large concentrations of publicly held securities; assisted clients in managing GRAT annuity payments and terminations.
Worked with Generation X and Generation Y members of high net worth families on the legal strategies to finance, build and grow start-up businesses.
Selected for inclusion, Private Wealth Law, Band 3, District of Columbia, Chambers HNW Guide, 2018
Named to "Legal Elite," Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law, Virginia Business, 2016
Named to “Virginia Rising Stars,” Estate Planning and Probate, Closely Held Business, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2012-2016
Fellow, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, 2018-present
Chair, Business Planning Group, Section of Real Property Trust and Estate Law, American Bar Association
Member, Trust and Estate Legislative Committee Member, Virginia Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors, Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia, 2000–2003
McGuireWoods Again Earns Nationwide Honors in Chambers High Net Worth Guide
July 19, 2019
Bill Sanderson: Long-Lived Rich Risk Relinquishing Too Much in Estate Planning
May 1, 2019
Bill Sanderson Comments on Tax Liability of Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee’s Estate
November 27, 2018
McGuireWoods Earns Nationwide Ranking in Prestigious Chambers High Net Worth Guide
August 7, 2018