- Class Action Defense
- Directors & Officers Liability
- General Liability & Casualty
- Product Liability
- Professional Liability & Services
- Toxic Tort
|Contact Info||Telephone: 415.625.9251|
|University ||San Jose State University, B.S., 1980|
|Law School||University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1983|
|Admitted||1983, California; U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; California State Supreme Court|
Memberships & Affiliations
Association of Defense Counsel of Northern and Southern California
San Francisco County Bar Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Sonoma County Bar Association
Bill Hake is the co-regional managing partner of the San Francisco office. He is a litigation attorney with national trial counsel, mediation and litigation management experience. His practice is primarily in litigation, including toxic tort defense, product liability, construction defects, unfair competition, intellectual property, director and officer defense, legal malpractice defense and medical malpractice defense. Bill has handled cases in state and federal courts throughout California and in Texas, Maryland, Hawaii and Colorado.
Bill's defense work with local firms before he founded Hake Law in 2011 offers a strategic advantage to Wilson Elser's litigation clients. Bill spent 14 years as lead trial counsel at a firm in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and six years as a trial attorney and partner at another San Francisco firm. In addition, he served in the role of prosecutor as an assistant district attorney for the city and county of San Francisco.
For more than 25 years, Bill has taught and lectured at Harvard University School of Law and Stanford University School of Law on trial advocacy for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. In addition, he has lectured on trial practice, evidence, civil litigation and mediation for the California State Bar Continuing Education Program and for the University of San Francisco School of Law. Bill also taught alternative dispute resolution and mediation for the U.S. Department of Justice and in the federal practice program for the federal court in Northern California.
Awards & Distinctions
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
California Court of Appeal Overturns Nonsuit Granted in Household Exposure Asbestos Case Where Trial Courts Decision Was Based on Campbell v. Ford Motor Co.
Duty of Care to Third Party for Exposure to Asbestos
June 3, 2014
In weighing the foreseeability of harm as a significant factor, the California Court of Appeal found that there is a high degree of foreseeability of harm from take-home asbestos exposure to those whose contact with an employer's workers is not merely incidental, such as members of their household or long-term occupants of the residence.”
Building Trial Skills: DC
June 2-8, 2014
National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Hake Law Attorneys Join National Law Firm Wilson Elser
April 1, 2014
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