William R. Stein is the managing partner of the Washington, DC, office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed. He is a senior litigator with 35 years of experience in complex commercial and regulatory litigation.
Bill has long represented the major accounting firms in legislative, regulatory, public policy, risk management and structural/organizational matters. Bill has vast knowledge of the accounting industry and the regulatory and policy issues it faces, and has advised the major firms on a host of issues, including international organization, risk management, partnership issues, professional activities and professional liability. Bill also represents the firms before the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and state licensing and disciplinary authorities on a variety of regulatory, licensure and disciplinary matters.
Bill represents issuers, officers, directors and professionals in SEC and PCAOB investigations and enforcement proceedings under the securities laws, as well as in civil litigation under the securities laws, shareholder derivative litigation and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) litigation related to stock-price drops. Bill has particular expertise representing the major accounting firms in such cases, as well as in professional liability claims asserted by clients and others.
Bill heads Hughes Hubbard's Appellate practice group. He has handled appeals in most of the federal circuits and many state appellate courts. He also has considerable experience in briefing cases in the Supreme Court of the United States at both the certiorari and merits stages and has often prepared amicus curiae briefs in cases of significant interest.
Bill represents companies in commercial and financial disputes across a wide array of substantive areas, including disputes relating to financial instruments (including mortgage-backed securities) and derivatives, contractual matters, business valuation disputes, insurance coverage, technology disputes and toxic torts. He has litigated in state and federal courts, as well as before domestic and international arbitral tribunals.