William M. Katz, Jr.

William M. Katz, Jr.

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
    214.969.1330
    214.880.3279
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Bill Katz focuses his practice on complex business litigation and arbitration matters, with a focus on energy, antitrust, securities, healthcare, and corporate governance issues. He represents clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts, arbitration panels, and administrative agencies.

Bill also has expertise in internal investigations, representation of audit committees, and the design and implementation of compliance and training programs.

Chambers USA directories have praised Bill for his ability to develop "effective strategies in complex disputes" and his "good reputation, which is well deserved," and describe him as "very knowledgeable" and an "A+ litigator who would be on anyone's list of lawyers if you had a problem."

Experience

Antitrust

  • Currently representing several opt-out plaintiffs
  • Represented a manufacturer in multiple class action lawsuits involving an alleged conspiracy to fix prices
  • Represented a manufacturer in a lawsuit involving claims of monopolization and attempted monopolization
  • Represented an insurance company in a lawsuit involving price-fixing allegations
  • Represented a manufacturer in an adjudicatory proceeding before the Federal Trade Commission involving price-fixing allegations
  • Represented a group of physicians in an adjudicatory proceeding before the Federal Trade Commission involving price-fixing allegations
  • Represented an international offshore drilling company in a class action lawsuit alleging a conspiracy among drilling companies to fix the wages and benefits paid to their offshore workers
  • Represented a steel company in a lawsuit involving an international conspiracy among graphite-electrode manufacturers to fix the price and allocate the volume of electrodes sold in the United States and elsewhere
  • Represented several charitable organizations in a nationwide class action lawsuit alleging a conspiracy to fix the rates of return for charitable gift annuities
  • Counseled and advised clients regarding merger transactions, pricing issues, and other antitrust matters

Arbitration

  • Currently representing an international energy company and its affiliates in an ICDR arbitration involving claims for breach of contract
  • Represented an international energy company’s affiliate in a AAA arbitration involving claims for breach of contract
  • Represented a health care provider in a AAA arbitration involving claims for breach of contract related to a stock purchase agreement
  • Represented a major transportation company in a proceeding to vacate an arbitration award
  • Represented an international energy company in an ICC arbitration involving claims for breach of contract and declaratory relief
  • Represented an international energy company in an ICDR arbitration involving claims for breach of contract and declaratory relief
  • Represented two international energy companies in an ICDR arbitration involving claims for declaratory relief regarding the interpretation of an oil-and-gas contract
  • Represented an international energy company's affiliates in connection with the confirmation of an ICDR arbitration award
  • Represented an international energy company's affiliates in an ICDR arbitration involving claims for breach of contract and other relief
  • Represented an independent energy company in a AAA arbitration involving the breach of a purchase-and-sale agreement for certain oil and gas assets
  • Represented a large electronics-manufacturing-services company in a AAA arbitration involving claims for breach of contract and unjust enrichment

Securities and Corporate Governance

  • Represented a shareholder in a lawsuit to enjoin a proposed merger in the financial services industry
  • Represented a technology company and several of its officers and directors in a class action lawsuit involving alleged violations of federal securities laws
  • Represented a corporation and two shareholders in a jury trial involving the prosecution of claims against a publicly traded medical device manufacturer and its officers and directors for securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract
  • Represented a technology company and its officers and directors in a lawsuit involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, misrepresentation, tortious interference, and breach of contract
  • Represented an energy company and its board of directors in a class action lawsuit involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty in connection with a merger and acquisition
  • Represented a luxury retailer and its board of directors in a class action lawsuit involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty in connection with a merger and acquisition
  • Represented the audit committee of a large technology-outsourcing company in connection with internal investigation of issues raised by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

Complex Business Issues

  • Currently representing a publicly traded REIT in lawsuits involving claims for breach of contract, tortious interference, and conspiracy
  • Currently representing an oilfield services company in a lawsuit involving claims for breach of contract, fraud, and conspiracy
  • Currently representing a medical device manufacturer in a lawsuit involving claims under the False Claims Act
  • Represented a hospital in a class action lawsuit alleging statutory billing violations
  • Represented an international energy company's affiliate in a class action lawsuit involving the alleged failure to pay royalties owed on flared natural gas
  • Represented a hospital in a lawsuit involving claims under the False Claims Act
  • Represented an international energy company's affiliate in a lawsuit involving claims under the False Claims Act
  • Represented an international energy company's affiliates in a lawsuit involving claims for breach of contract and other relief
  • Represented an international energy company's affiliate in a lawsuit involving claims for indemnification and other equitable relief
  • Represented an international energy company in a lawsuit involving claims for breach of contract
  • Represented a master limited partnership in a lawsuit involving claims for breach of contract
  • Represented an international energy company in a lawsuit involving claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and promissory estoppel
  • Represented a major transportation company in a class action lawsuit involving claims for negligence, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty arising from the tax treatment of a special dividend
  • Represented a publicly traded REIT in a lawsuit involving claims for tortious interference, misappropriation of trade secrets, and conspiracy
  • Represented a publicly traded REIT in a lawsuit involving claims for trespass
  • Represented several former officers and directors of a fiber-optic manufacturer in a jury trial involving the defense of a claim under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the prosecution of a defamation counterclaim
  • Represented the former president of an international franchisor in a jury trial involving claims for fraud and breach of contract
  • Represented clients challenging the issuance and scope of several IRS summonses

Distinctions/Honors

  • Chambers USA by Chambers & Partners (Antitrust; Litigation: General Commercial); 2009-2017

  • Dallas Litigation - Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc.; 2015 

  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Antitrust, Litigation-Securities); 2009-2017

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Antitrust Litigation); 2008-2016

  • Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas, D Magazine; 2004, 2006

  • "ICFM Leading Lawyers 500," InterContinental Finance magazine; 2013

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, American Bar Association; Chair, 2016-present, Trial Practice Committee, Antitrust Section; Vice Chair, 2014-2016, Trial Practice Committee; Vice Chair, 2011-2014, Transportation and Energy Committee; Co-Chair, 2009-2011, Insurance and Financial Services Committee; Chair, 2007-2009, Vice Chair, 2003-2007, Insurance Industry Committee, Antitrust Section

  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Antitrust and Business Litigation Section; Council Member, 2001-2009; Secretary-Treasurer, 2006-2007; Chair-Elect, 2007-2008; Chair, 2008-2009

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association; Business Litigation Section; Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section; Vice Chair, 2007; Chair, 2008

  • Member, State Bar of California; Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section; Litigation Law Section

  • Member, District of Columbia Bar; Antitrust Section

  • Member, New York State Bar Association; Antitrust Law Section

  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association

  • Contributing Editor, Texas Business Litigation Journal, 2000-present

  • Testified before the Texas legislature in connection with proposed legislation

  • Interviewer, Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation

  • International Arbitration Editorial Advisory Board, Law360, 2016-2017

  • Advisory Board Member, The Institute for Transnational Arbitration, a Division of The Center for American and International Law

  • Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators