William D. Wilmoth


Is it Bill Wilmoth or Perry Mason? From the days when the popular TV show was broadcast, Bill always wanted to become a lawyer. Similar to his on-screen hero, Bill has a passion for defending clients and learning about the ins and outs of their business. Bill’s calm demeanor and practical advice garner him the reputation as a steadfast advocate who protects his clients. He is experienced in defending complex commercial, energy, security, and healthcare cases as well as counseling clients in healthcare compliance audits, healthcare fraud, and white collar criminal investigations.

Bill is the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia. Bill is a member of the firm’s White Collar Crime and Corporate Investigations Team and its ESG Team.

Representative Experience

  • Represented various banks and credit card companies in WV Consumer Credit and Protection Act litigation
  • Represented major national brokerage houses in securities litigation
  • Defended banks, brokers, and brokerages in investigations by WV Attorney General
  • Represented energy industry defendants and witnesses in major U.S. white collar criminal prosecutions
  • Represented large energy companies in significant personal injury, administrative, and commercial litigation matters
  • Represented major brokerage house in major consumer fraud case
  • Represented physicians and hospitals in health care fraud investigations and qui tam actions
  • Defended individuals and companies charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by the U.S. government
  • Provided advice and assistance in resolving multiple government investigations of Medicare and Medicaid payments to providers (including matters resolved without action and those resulting in consent decrees)

Licensed In

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia


  • J.D. West Virginia University College of Law
  • B.S. West Virginia University


  • U.S. Department of Justice Committee on Health Care Fraud
  • U.S. Department of Justice Committee on White Collar Crime
  • Chair, Department of Justice Committee on Civil and Financial Litigation
  • Member, Attorney General Janet Reno’s Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Former Secretary, West Virginia Independent Colleges & Universities
  • Past Chair, Board of Governors, West Virginia University
  • Past President, Board of Directors, Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation
  • Executive Committee, Discover the Real West Virginia Foundation
  • Vice Chair and Executive Committee, Regional Economic Development Partnership, Wheeling, WV
  • Former Chair, Board of Directors, Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation
  • Board Member, Ohio Valley Industrial & Business Development Corporation
  • Board of Directors, Power of 32, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Area Vice President, Central Region, Boy Scouts of America
  • Member and Past Chair, Executive Board, Ohio River Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Energy & Mineral Law Foundation
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Substantive Law Committee, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia


  • Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Bet-the-Company Litigation (2010-Present), Commercial Litigation (2007-Present), Corporate Governance Law (2011-Present), Criminal Defense: White-Collar (2007-Present), Legal Malpractice Law -Defendants (2011-Present), Litigation – Construction (2011-Present), Litigation – Land Use and Zoning (2011-Present), Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions (2011-Present), Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants (2013-Present), Qui Tam Law (2018-Present)
  • Best Lawyers® 2020 Morgantown, WV Criminal Defense: White Collar, Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers® 2015 Morgantown, WV Bet-the-Company-Litigation, Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers® 2011 Morgantown Area Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Lawyer of the Year
  • Super Lawyer®
  • Who’s Who in America
  • Who’s Who in American Law

Speaking Engagements

  • Evidence law instructor, West Virginia University
  • Frequent speaker at continuing legal education and industry seminars on commercial litigation and white collar crime issues

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