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    Biography

    Clients appreciate that Bill Powell is a straightforward attorney who cuts through the fluff and gets to the heart of the matter.  Bill’s pragmatic nature has been an asset to private clients for more than three decades and made him an effective United States Attorney who actively sought justice in high-stakes criminal activities, including drug conspiracies, national security matters, murder and other violent crime, and major fraud cases. 

    Bill has a unique skill set that is a combination of bet-the-company civil defense and high profile prosecution.  The common denominator in his experience is that he is solutions driven and understands when to take a stand and fight and when a different approach is warranted.  For business clients, Bill has a vast litigation history that includes the defense of claims involving product and professional liability, personal injury and white collar crimes. Bill is a member of the firm’s White Collar Crime and Corporate Investigations Team and its ESG Team.

    Clients across the board appreciate Bill’s respect for confidentiality, his ability to manage complex situations with grace, and his willingness to take a position on their behalf.

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell
    Fellow, West Virginia Bar Foundation
    Fellow, ABA Bar Foundation
    West Virginia Executive Magazine, 2020 Lawyers & Leaders Award

    Key Experience

    Represented clients in complex commercial litigation and other legal matters, including white collar criminal defense and investigations in multiple venues
    Represented corporate clients in resolving business to business disputes
    Involved with the prosecution of Medicaid fraud cases involving hospitals, physicians, and pharmacies

    Work Experience

    2021 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2017-2021 U.S. Attorney, Northern District of West Virginia
    2017 Chief Deputy Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Felony Prosecutor and Supervisor, Jefferson County, West Virginia
    1992-2017 Jackson Kelly, PLLC
    1990-1992 Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of West Virginia
    1985-1990 Jackson Kelly Holt & O'Farrell

    Speaking Engagements

    Columnist, The Journal, Martinsburg, West Virginia (2009-2017)