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    Is it Bill Wilmoth or Perry Mason?  From the days when the popular TV show was broadcast, Bill always wanted to become a lawyer. Similar to his on-screen hero, Bill has a passion for defending clients and learning about the ins and outs of their business. Bill’s calm demeanor and practical advice garner him the reputation as a steadfast advocate who protects his clients. He is experienced in defending complex commercial, energy, security, and healthcare cases as well as counseling clients in healthcare compliance audits, healthcare fraud, and white collar criminal investigations.  

    Bill is the former United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia. Bill is a member of the firm’s White Collar Crime and Corporate Investigations Team and its ESG Team.

    Memberships & Awards

    Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
    The Best Lawyers in America®
    Best Lawyers® 2020 Morgantown, WV Criminal Defense: White Collar, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers® 2015 Morgantown, WV Bet-the-Company-Litigation, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers® 2011 Morgantown Area Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Lawyer of the Year
    Super Lawyer®
    Who's Who in America
    Who's Who in American Law
    U.S. Department of Justice Committee on Health Care Fraud
    U.S. Department of Justice Committee on White Collar Crime
    Chair, Department of Justice Committee on Civil and Financial Litigation
    Member, Attorney General Janet Reno's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys
    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    Defense Research Institute
    Substantive Law Committee, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    Appointed by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals as one of four members to the Supreme Court Committee on the Revision of the West Virginia State Bar By-Laws and Rules and Regulations
    Graduated cum laude, West Virginia University

    Key Experience

    Represented various banks and credit card companies in WV Consumer Credit and Protection Act litigation
    Represented major national brokerage houses in securities litigation
    Defended banks, brokers, and brokerages in investigations by WV Attorney General

    Work Experience

    1999 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    1993-1999 United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia
    1980-1993 Schrader Byrd & Companion
    1977-1980 Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia
    1975-1976 Law Clerk, Hon. Robert E. Maxwell, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of WV

    Speaking Engagements

    Evidence law instructor, West Virginia University

    Frequent speaker at continuing legal education and industry seminars on commercial litigation and white collar crime issues