Will’s practice focuses on the representation of businesses and financial institutions in litigation matters.

He represents clients in a broad range of business disputes in state and federal courts throughout Virginia, including business torts, bankruptcy litigation, civil rights, professional liability defense, employment discrimination, and insurance coverage issues.

Will served as a law clerk for The Honorable Jackson L. Kiser of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia from 2008 through 2009. While in law school, he completed a judicial externship with The Honorable M. Hannah Lauck, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Will was listed among the “Legal Elite” in the Young Lawyers (Under 40) category by Virginia Business Magazine from 2012 – 2017.  He also has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in Business Bankruptcy by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine from 2013 – 2017.

In the course of his litigation practice, he has been trial counsel in a diverse array of commercial disputes.  He has experience as a first-chair trial and appellate attorney, including successfully arguing dispositive motions in state and federal court.  He has managed large-scale document productions (including issues related to privilege, confidentiality, privacy and relevance) and handled discovery issues involving the management, preservation and production of electronically stored information.  Will has also conducted depositions outside the United States in accordance with the Hague Service Convention.

Will also represents clients in bankruptcy matters.  He has advised secured and unsecured creditors, DIP lenders, landlords, lessors, claims traders, and other interested parties in chapter 7 and 11 proceedings, including adversary proceedings, contested matters, and claim disputes.  He has served as local counsel for creditors, indenture trustees, and other interested parties from across the country in a number of notable chapter 11 cases, including Toys “R” Us, Inc., Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc., LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc., Circuit City Stores, Inc., Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., and Patriot Coal Corporation.

Will regularly serves as local counsel for litigants in Virginia state and federal courts, including the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia’s “Rocket Docket.”

 

  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008
    • Articles Editor, University of Richmond Law Review,  2007 –  2008
  • The College of William and Mary, B.A. in Economics, 2004

Disclaimer: Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. ThompsonMcMullan cannot guarantee or predict similar results in any future case taken by the attorney.

Will’s recent experience includes representation of:

  • A state constitutional officer in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division alleging a violation of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), secured complete dismissal on motion for summary judgment, United States v. Woody, 220 F. Supp. 3d 682 (E.D. Va. 2016);
  • Sixty-eight (68) circuit court clerks in a FOIA lawsuit seeking public disclosure of certain portions of the clerks’ case management records displayed online through the Virginia Online Case Information System;
  • A biomarker discovery company in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding alleging breach of a pre-petition license agreement concerning the client’s intellectual property related to a prediabetes diagnostic test;
  • A global meat processing company and its self-funded employee benefits plan in litigation matters arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), including claims for employee benefits and disputes related to the Plan’s reimbursement, subrogation, and intervention rights;
  • A professional liability insurance carrier in a coverage dispute related to a multi-million-dollar class action settlement resolving alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA);
  • A former general counsel in a complex legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit filed by the attorney’s former employer;
  • A private aviation company in a multi-million-dollar coverage dispute regarding foreign object damage to a jet engine covered by an aviation broad coverage insurance policy;
  • A limited partnership in a suit seeking monetary damages and appointment of a receiver for a Marriott hotel property, including the appointment of a third-party receiver and the conveyance of the hotel property to new ownership by a deed in lieu of foreclosure agreement;
  • A consumer financial services institution in a multi-million-dollar adversary proceeding alleging breach of a post-petition services contract in a complex Chapter 11 bankruptcy case;
  • Numerous defendants in adversary proceedings filed by bankruptcy liquidating trustees seeking avoidance of preferential payments and/or fraudulent transfers – including experience in alternative dispute resolution and mediation proceedings;
  • A commercial real estate developer in litigation matters surrounding a Virginia residential condominium development project; and
  • A national commercial lending institution in a bankruptcy adversary proceeding seeking the avoidance of preferential transfers made by a debtor in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case.
  • Selected to the Super Lawyer’s “Rising Stars” Virginia List, Business Bankruptcy category, 2013 – 2018
  • Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite”, Young Lawyer (Under 40) category, 2012 – 2017

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  • Virginia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
    • Executive Board Member, 2018-present
    • Legal Food Frenzy Chair, 2017-present
    • Sponsorship Committee Chair, 2018-present
    • Legal Food Frenzy Co-Chair, 2013-2016
  • Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Inn of Court (Barrister, 2018-present)
  • Federal Bar Association, Richmond Chapter (2011-present)
  • Tredegar Society Leadership Council (2011-2016)
  • Volunteer at the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society (2013-2016)
  • Virginia State Bar, Young Lawyers Conference (2008-present)
  • Richmond Bar Association (2008-present)