Bill Freeman litigates securities class actions, derivative actions, and complex commercial cases on behalf of companies, officers, directors, and investors. He defends investigations and enforcement actions by the SEC and other regulators and also assists boards of directors with internal investigations. He has tried securities cases to verdict and has served as lead defense counsel in more than 40 class action and derivative lawsuits.
Based on this experience, Bill routinely advises public companies and their principals on a broad range of issues including public disclosure, fiduciary duties, insider trading, and litigation risk reduction.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2010, Bill represented the former general counsel of McAfee in the successful defense of an SEC enforcement action alleging stock option backdating, obtaining a result that was unprecedented in all of the SEC's backdating cases: the SEC voluntarily dismissed all charges against the general counsel with prejudice. He also secured victories in securities class actions and derivative cases for a broad range of companies including BroadVision, Ditech Networks, First Virtual, InterMune, iPass, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Vans, Vaxgen, and Verity.
Bill began his legal career as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he won significant monetary recoveries in cases of official corruption, procurement fraud, and abuse of government programs.
Bill is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, and the Santa Clara County Bar Association.
Trial Attorney, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice (1978-1981)
Outsourcing company successfully defends against shareholder class action alleging 10b-5 claim involving corporate governance disclosures
Biotechnology company conducts internal investigation
Monolithic Power Systems and directors defeat derivative claims for breach of fiduciary duty
Honors & Distinctions
Named to Northern California Super Lawyers (2006-2015) Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for securities litigation and derivatives and futures law (2007-2016) Honored as Advocate of the Year by Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (2015) Pro Bono Achievement Award, Disability Rights California (2010)