William S. Wilson, II: Lawyer with Halloran & Sage LLP

William S. Wilson, II

Partner
Hartford,  CT  U.S.A.
Phone860-241-4076

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Experience & Credentials
 

Practice Areas

  • Construction
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
 
University University of New Hampshire, B.S., Civil Engineering, 1988
 
Law SchoolWestern New England College School of Law, J.D., 1996
 
Admitted1997, Connecticut; 1997, District of Connecticut; 2006, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; 2006, United States Supreme Court
 
Memberships 

Associations

Associated General Contractors
Connecticut Bar Association - Construction
Law Section
Connecticut Construction Industries
Association

 
BornApril 17, 1966
 
Biography

William Wilson is a construction lawyer who brings his earlier experience as a civil engineer to bear in his representation of contractors, owners and developers. He regularly represents clients in claims for delay, disruption and differing site conditions arising on public and private construction projects. He also handles surety bond claims and bid disputes involving state and municipal projects. William drafts and reviews various types of construction and commercial contracts, including those between owners and architects, construction managers and contractors, as well as between general contractors and subcontractors.

William's technical background as an engineer, coupled with his broad experience in construction law, enables him quickly to understand and assess even the most complex construction cases. He maintains ongoing relationships with professionals throughout the construction field, including other attorneys, architects, engineers, claim consultants, accountants, surety personnel, and local and state government officials. Through his knowledge and relationships, he is able to spend less time getting up to speed on a case and more time bringing about its successful conclusion.

Before becoming a lawyer, William worked as an engineer at the Connecticut Department of Transportation, rising to the level of senior transportation engineer. In this role, he acquired diverse experience in researching and organizing technical information, analyzing complex design problems and communicating solutions for the design and construction of small and large infrastructure improvement projects. His tenure included work on multi-million dollar projects such as the Charter Oak Bridge replacement and the I-84 fly-over ramp in Hartford.

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William Wilson Holds Workshop for CT DOT & CCSU/ITBD

Attorney William Wilson, II, II held a workshop entitled Prompt Payment in the Construction Industry, which was conducted by the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) and Central Connecticut State University's Institute of Technology and Business Development (ITBD) on June 5, 2012.

The seminar detailed the essentials of the payment process to provide a full understanding of the potential problems of getting paid in the Construction Industry in Connecticut. Some of the issues that William explored were: prompt payment of public and private projects in Connecticut and remedies for non-payment.

The workshop was open to CT DOT DBE-certified firms.William Wilson Elected to the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity Board of Directors

William Wilson, II, a partner in the Construction & Surety Practice Group at Halloran & Sage was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity, Inc. Halloran & Sage is a member organization of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity and fully committed to supporting diversity initiatives inside the Firm and throughout our community.

The Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity was formed by concerned lawyers to answer the call for diversity. Their current challenge is to increase the recruitment, retention and promotion of lawyers of color. Their mission is to unite the resources, energy and commitment of the State's leading law firms, corporations, public sector entities, law schools and state bar associations in the joint mission of making Connecticut a more attractive place for attorneys of color and women to practice law and find satisfying professional opportunities.William Wilson and Al DiVincentis Teach Construction Institute Ethics Course

William Wilson, II and Al DiVincentis, members of the Halloran & Sage Construction Law Practice Group will team up to teach Ethics: A new Minefield for the Public Works Contractor for the Construction Institute on Tuesday, May 8, 2007. After extensive activity aimed at reforming the state contracting process in both the legislative and executive branches, Public Acts, 05-287 and 05-183 were signed into law in 2005. Combined, these two Public Acts repealed and replaced nearly all of the relevant Code of Ethics statutes (C.G.S. 1 -79 through 1 - 89) and created new far-reaching laws ( 1 - 101mm through 1 - 101rr). The course will focus on how these ethics laws are affecting nearly all public work performed by both resident and non-resident contractors.

The Construction Institute, a division of The University of Hartford, is a non-profit, non-partisan association of diverse professionals working to improve the construction industry by sharing experiences and knowledge, advancing relationships, and developing business leaders.H & S Supports Lawyers Collaboration for Diversity Programs

Halloran & Sage attorneys recently participated in a wide of range of diversity programs in conjunction with the Lawyers Collaborative For Diversity, Inc (LCD).

The Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity was formed by concerned lawyers to answer the call for diversity. Their current challenge is to increase the recruitment, retention and promotion or lawyers of color. Their mission is to unite the resources, energy and commitment of the State's leading law firms, corporations, public sector entities, law schools and state bar associations in the joint mission of making Connecticut a more attractive place for attorneys of color and women to practice law and find satisfying professional opportunities.

Recently, at the LCD annual meeting, Attorneys, Carl Ficks, Jr., Brian Rich, William Wilson, II and Al DiVincentis participated in an open forum facilitating the advancement of the diversity dialogue. The discussion focused on the importance of mentoring during law school so that law students of color have every opportunity to succeed academically and develop strong networking skills to help them become successful members of the bar.

A variety of topics were covered, including job searching, life as lawyers and public sector opportunities for law students of color.

Recently, Attorneys Alfred DiVincentis, Jeffrey Gostyla and Human Resources participated in a discussion entitled Creating Best Practices for Evaluations of Associates of Color.

In addition, Halloran & Sage is proud to sponsor the LCD Edwin Archer Randolph Diversity Award Celebration. This award ceremony honors and celebrates significant contributions and accomplishments in the advancement of attorneys of color within the legal community.

Halloran & Sage is committed to supporting diversity initiatives inside the Firm and out of the office. Our Firm is richer because of our involvement in initiatives such as these.H & S Expands its Construction Law Practice with the Addition of Attorney and Former DOT Civil Engineer, William S. Wilson,II

William Wilson, II has joined the law firm of Halloran & Sage as Counsel in the Hartford office where he will chair the Construction & Surety Practice Group. William has practiced in the areas of construction and surety law for seven years and successfully represented clients in state and federal courts as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums such as mediation and arbitration. By leveraging his expansive relationships with other construction attorneys, architects, engineers, claim consultants, accountants, local, state and federal government employees, and surety personnel, he works to deliver efficient solutions on behalf of clients in even the most complex construction matters.

William's prior experience includes working with the Connecticut Department of Transportation as a Civil Engineer for eight years. During this time he gained diverse experience in researching and organizing technical information, analyzing complex design problems and communicating solutions for the design and construction of small and large infrastructure improvement projects, including multi-million dollar projects such as the Charter Oak Bridge replacement, and I-84 fly-over ramp in Hartford. William's technical background both in design office and in the field allows for a quick understanding of construction issues resulting in a cost effective solution for his clients.

As an advocate of giving back to the community, William has become involved in Make A Difference, a charity dedicated to improving the infrastructure of impoverished communities worldwide and has served on its board of directors since 2002.

William is a member of the Connecticut bar, the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut bar as well as a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, Construction Law Section Executive Committee, New Haven Bar Association, and the Connecticut Building Congress, Inc., Industry Practices Committee. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 1988 and earned his J.D. in 1996 from Western New England College School of Law.

 
Reported CasesRepresentative Matter: Represented Connecticut Department of Transportation in negotiations for and award of the public private partnership agreement for the redevelopment, operation and maintenance of service plaza facilities along I-395, I-95 and Route 15 in Connecticut.Represented Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority for Procurement negotiations and award of Operation & Maintenance Agreement for the waste to energy facility in Hartford, CT.Represented contractor in negotiations with Northeast Utilities for $20M agreement for 345kV underground cable transmission project.Represented a general contractor and surety against delay claims and project specification and design issues on a $25M project at Bradley AirportMultifaceted Health Care Development and Construction Deal Negotiated, Documented, and Closed; Halloran & Sage successfully counseled a large Connecticut construction and real estate firm through the negotiation, documentation, and closing of the development and construction a new health care facility and an adjacent medical office building. The project involved the negotiation and preparation of a participation agreement, a purchase and sale transaction, reciprocal easement agreements, construction contracts and leases. Additionally, Halloran & Sage represented its client in securing and documenting $19,500,000 of construction financing. The Halloran & Sage team was led by real estate partner James Maher and also included real estate associates Matthew Teich, Jaimee Newman and Casey O'Connell, construction partner William Wilson, II, and legal assistant Karel Ortolani.Represent Owner and Construction Manager in the development and construction of a Cancer Center and Medical Office BuildingRepresented a construction manager and owner on construction and design issues that arose on a $125 Million project for the renovation of a historic theater and the construction of a new school in Waterbury, CTRepresented a private university against an architect on a claim for damages and repair costs of a defective flooring systemRepresented a barge transportation company against State of Connecticut claim for damages and repair costs to a bridge fender system on the Norwalk RiverDefense of a multi-party, multi-million dollar subrogation action brought against an architect and other design professionals for negligent design and installation of a fire suppression systemDefense of a professional negligence claim brought by an owner against a design professional (architect) for additional project costs allegedly related to design errors, lack of coordination and failed communicationNegotiated settlements between an environmental consultant, a Town and various subcontractors arising from the release of asbestos on an elementary school rehabilitation projectRepresentation of a private university on a claim involving a defective flooring system that was discovered after construction was completed. We worked with both the contractor and the architect to investigate the cause of the cracking and to replace the floor without resorting to litigationH & S Counsels Lead Lender in $70M Luxury Hotel and Condo Deal; Halloran & Sage recently completed closing of a $70M construction loan facility for the luxury Ocean House Hotel and Condominium located in Westerly, Rhode Island. The firm served as counsel to U.S. Bank National Association, as lead lender for the bank group providing the financing. This project involves the complete renovation of an historic beachfront hotel into a 48 room luxury hotel with 24 residential condominium units. The Halloran & Sage team was led by real estate partner, James Maher and included construction partner, Bill Wilson, real estate associate, Jaimee Newmanand legal assistant, Karel Gargiulo.
 
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William S. Wilson, II

225 Asylum Street
HartfordCT 06103




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