Bill maintains a sophisticated employee benefits and executive compensation practice advising employers of all sizes on a wide variety of benefits and compensation plan design and legal compliance matters. Bill regularly advises on deferred compensation arrangements for both taxable and tax-exempt clients. Bill also assists clients in mergers and acquisitions.

Bill has extensive experience working with pension plan investments, including compliance work for asset managers. A thought leader on ERISA compliance matters, he has focused his ERISA practice on fiduciary and prohibited transaction issues, as well as advising clients on investment management agreements, derivatives, securities lending, prime brokerage arrangements, and financial products such as stable value funds.

Bill works collaboratively with clients to identify and assess risks and opportunities and enjoys explaining legal issues and strategies for handling them in a practical, understandable way.

Prior to joining Verrill, Bill was a partner at a global law firm, where he worked with a wide range of clients on ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation issues. Before embarking on a legal career, Bill was an associate professor in the English Department at Yale University.



  • Yale Law School  (J.D.)
  • Yale University  (Ph.D., M.Phil.)
  • Yale College  (B.A.)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts


  • American Bar Association


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law in Boston, Massachusetts (2024)
  • Legal 500 (2016, 2018)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© (2015-2021)

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