William F. “Bill” Farley is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Chicago office and practices commercial litigation. He represents corporations in a broad range of legal issues, including breach of contract, class action defense, commercial landlord-tenant actions and product liability, as well as state municipalities.

Mr. Farley has effectively helped clients resolve matters involving complex commercial disputes, 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.

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.


  • 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
  • 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


Speaking Engagements