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William D. Prince IV

Partner

A trusted litigator in Virginia’s state and federal courts

As a litigator, Will Prince’s work is often adversarial. But it is his focus on high-quality legal work and the diversity of cases, not a love of confrontation, that led him to become one of Virginia’s most reputable trial attorneys.

“It’s the variety. It’s an appreciation for the details. Every case is different, and I enjoy applying my knowledge and learning about each issue to solve puzzles and problems for clients,” says Will. “My best marketing is the work I do for my clients. I believe if you do good work, prove your competence and confidence, and communicate well, clients will keep calling you — and they will tell others about you.”

At the end of the day, Will understands that results are important. He likes to win. He represents businesses and financial institutions across a broad range of complex disputes. His approachability and confidence has earned the trust of lead attorneys, both out-of-state and abroad, as local counsel in state and federal courts in Virginia. He and his ThompsonMcMullan colleagues are familiar faces in front of judges and peer attorneys in state and federal courts throughout Virginia.

Will’s practice has run the gamut of complex civil litigation as trial counsel. He has experience as a first-chair trial and appellate attorney, 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. He has also conducted depositions outside the U.S. in accordance with the Hague Service Convention.

Will maintains a significant bankruptcy practice, regularly advising both secured and unsecured creditors and other parties involved in Chapter 7 and 11 proceedings. He has led clients through such notable bankruptcy cases such as Toys “R” Us, Health Diagnostic Laboratory, LandAmerica Financial Group, Circuit City Stores, Alpha Natural Resources, and Patriot Coal.

Prior to joining the firm, Will served as a law clerk for the Hon. Jackson L. Kiser of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. During law school, he completed a judicial externship with the Hon. M. Hannah Lauck, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is listed among the “Legal Elite” in the Young Lawyers by Virginia Business magazine and is regularly recognized as a “Rising Star” in business bankruptcy by Virginia Super Lawyers.

Representative Experience

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION

  • Served as lead counsel for an employer in a putative collective and class action alleging failure to pay regular and overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and various state overtime and wage laws; after filing opposition to FLSA collective and Rule 23 class certification, obtained early dismissal of all claims at the motion-to-dismiss stage after filing opposition to FLSA collective/class certification
  • Represented a public employer in a lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division alleging a violation of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act relating to the failure to provide a reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability, including reassignment to a vacant position within the defendant’s organization; successfully prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in the district court
  • Representation of employer seeking to enforce a non-solicitation provision against a former employee who resigned to start a new enterprise in direct competition with his former employer; the case was resolved after extensive discovery, resulting in a favorable settlement for the client
  • Represented state constitutional officer in a lawsuit filed by the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division alleging a violation of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act involving an alleged failure to provide a reasonable accommodation and failure to engage in an interactive process with the disabled employee prior to termination
  • Represented an employer in a lawsuit alleging reverse racial discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, intentional race discrimination under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, and a First Amendment retaliation claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming that the former employee was terminated because of the employee’s race and protected First Amendment speech
  • Represented an employer in a lawsuit brought by a former employee who claimed that she was terminated because she initiated an internal grievance proceeding, which she alleged violated the Virginia Whistleblower Protection Law, Va. Code § 40.1-27.3

BUSINESS AND COMPLEX LITIGATION

  • Represented an executive agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia in a federal class action lawsuit brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging violations of procedural due process and state law related to the alleged failure to timely process and adjudicate claims for unemployment insurance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Represented 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
  • Represented various defendants in a class action lawsuit alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), as well as Virginia’s usury and licensing laws, related to the issuance and collection of allegedly unlawful and usurious debts based upon loan products offered and issued through companies owned by Native American tribes and organized under tribal laws
  • Representation of businesses and employers as local counsel in state and federal courts throughout Virginia, including the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, commonly known in the legal community as the “Rocket Docket”
  • Representation of a finance technology company in an arbitration proceeding involving alleged violations of Virginia consumer protection statutes relating to the financing of a residential solar energy system

BANKRUPTCY LITIGATION, RESTRUCTURING, AND CREDITORS’ RIGHTS

  • Represented an interested party in a multi-prong effort to address the disclosure obligations of court-approved professionals employed in large Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases pursuant to Bankruptcy Rule 2014 and 11 U.S.C. § 327
  • Represented consumer lending company in numerous bankruptcy adversary proceedings filed by multiple plaintiffs asserting individual and class claims for violations of Virginia consumer finance and usury statutes, as well as objections to proofs of claim filed by the lender on a class-wide basis, relating to the issuance and validity of consumer lines of credit and alleged non-compliance with the statutory requirements for open-end lenders; supervised implementation and handling of class-wide settlement and obtaining requisite approval of settlement by the bankruptcy court
  • Representation of numerous defendants, who were former officers and directors of a company operating for-profit, post-secondary institutions of higher learning, in an adversary proceeding filed by a Chapter 7 trustee asserting alleged prepetition breaches of fiduciary duties as directors and officers, alleged common law and statutory business conspiracy, and alleged preferential and fraudulent transfers

Recognition

  • Selected to the Super Lawyer’s “Rising Stars” Virginia List, Business Bankruptcy category (2013-2022)
  • Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite,” Young Lawyer (Under 40) category (2012-2019); Civil Litigation category (2020); Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights category (2019, 2021-2022); Labor/Employment category (2023)
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Litigation – Insurance (2022-2024), Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Bankruptcy (2024)

Education

  • 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

Admissions

  • All Virginia courts including the Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia

Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Bar Association
    • Former YLD Executive Board Member
    • Former Legal Food Frenzy Chair
    • YLD Sponsorship Committee Chair (2018-2019)
    • Legal Food Frenzy Co-Chair (2013-2016)
    • Joint ADR Committee, Secretary/Treasurer, VBA/VSB (2023); Chair (2024)
  • 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)
  • Local Government Attorneys of Virginia
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