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Biography

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.

Memberships & Awards

Professional
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
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 Criminal Defense Lawyers
Defense Research Institute
Substantive Law Committee, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
Appointed by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals as one of four members to the Supreme Court Committee on the Revision of the West Virginia State Bar By-Laws and Rules and Regulations
Graduated cum laude, West Virginia University

Key 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

Work Experience

1999 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
1993-1999 United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia
1980-1993 Schrader Byrd & Companion
1977-1980 Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia
1975-1976 Law Clerk, Hon. Robert E. Maxwell, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of WV

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