Overview

William F. "Bill" Farley is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Chicago office and practices commercial litigation. Mr. Farley represents businesses in complex commercial disputes covering a broad range of legal issues, including class action litigation, business tort, domestic and international supply chain disputes, commercial landlord-tenant actions and product liability.

Mr. Farley has effectively helped clients resolve matters involving breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, private stakeholder rights disputes and consumer fraud actions. He is well versed in all aspects of the litigation process including drafting dispositive motions, deposing witnesses, collecting relevant evidence, consulting with expert witnesses, witness preparation, and conducting trial proceedings. In particular, he has experience drafting appellate briefs for cases on appeal at the state and federal level and class certification pleadings for class actions. Mr. Farley's experience also includes successful resolution of matters through alternative dispute resolutions such as arbitration and mediation.  

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Farley was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Joy V. Cunningham in the Illinois Appellate Court. Through his clerkship, Mr. Farley gained significant experience in many areas of law, including contract modification and enforcement, consumer fraud, wrongful termination, unemployment benefits, post-employment covenants, negligent hiring, collective bargaining agreement disputes and arbitration award challenges for a municipal entity.

Mr. Farley is a member of the Chicago Pro Bono Team who helped a Togolese refugee gain asylum in the United States.

Experience

  • Representation of electronics distributor in obtaining multimillion dollar pre-litigation resolution of a supply chain dispute
  • Representation of building products distributor in multistate litigation against former company executives, employees and new employer for claims of breach of noncompetition and nondisclosure agreements and theft of trade secrets
  • Representation of an international printing and packing client in a state court trade secret and conspiracy matter
  • Representation of numerous businesses in disputes related to the purchase of goods in large-scale commercial transactions covered by the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)
  • Representation of minority business owner in dispute against majority owners attempting to "squeeze out" minority owner at below-value equity prices
  • Defense of a property preservation company in putative class action against claims for trespass and violation of Chicago's Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (RLTO), successfully defeating class certification and obtaining a complete defense verdict at trial
  • Defense of commercial developer in zoning lawsuit, resulting in dismissal of suit and judgment in favor of client
  • Assisted in representing defendant in trademark infringement lawsuit
  • Assisted in representing defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit involving illumination system for direct part mark readers

Credentials

Education
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, B.A., Political Science
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Illinois
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Tax Court
Memberships
  • Chicago Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Emerging Leader, Class of 2020
  • Chicago Bar Association Leadership Institute, Inaugural Class, 2016
  • Annals of Health Law, The Health Policy and Law Review of Loyola University Chicago, Contributing Author

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