April 2, 2018

Foster Pepper Welcomes Leading IP and Trial Lawyer William Abrams

Foster Pepper is pleased to announce the addition of William F. Abrams to the firm’s Intellectual Property and Litigation & Dispute Resolution practices. 

Bill is a nationally recognized intellectual property and trial and appellate lawyer. He served as lead counsel in more than 100 patent, trade secret and other intellectual property cases since 2000, including trials, arbitrations and appeals in federal and state courts involving trade secrets, patent infringement, interference, false advertising, licensing, defamation, privacy and trademarks. Bill has been named as a Top 75 IP Lawyer in California by “The Daily Journal” since 2009, as a California Lawyer of the Year, and by Best Lawyers in America since 2009 and by Chambers USA​, which has ​described ​Bill as a "courageous litigator" who is  “frankly brilliant at what he does; he finds the fight his client can fight, and performs very well.”

Recently, he was counsel for the City of Seattle in its victory against the National Rifle Association in defending Seattle’s tax on gun sales. He argued the case and won in the trial court and the Washington Supreme Court.

​"I am delighted to join Foster Pepper's great team, and also become a part of the Seattle legal community. I look forward to getting started working with my new colleagues and being involved in Seattle's growth," said Abrams.

Richard Black, chair of Foster Pepper’s Intellectual Property practice commented, “Bill is an extraordinary attorney.  Adding a partner of Bill’s stature to our IP practice adds significant breadth and depth to our strong team.  We’re delighted to welcome Bill to the firm.”

Prior to joining Foster Pepper, Bill practiced at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in San Francisco where he served as co-founder and managing partner of the northern California office since 2014. In addition, has been a consulting professor for more than 20 years at Stanford University.

Bill devotes more than 500 hours per year to pro bono service including representation of death row inmates and cases involving wrongful convictions, foster care, First Amendment issues, affirmative action, gun regulation and asylum.

Bill received his A.B. from Stanford University with honors, and his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. Bill and his family are relocating to the Pacific Northwest where his wife, Karen O’Leary, was a news anchor with KIRO-TV for nearly 30 years.

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