2020 speakers

William Farrell Jr

MANAGING DIRECTOR & GENERAL COUNSEL AT LONGFORD CAPITAL

William P. Farrell, Jr. is a founder, Managing Director and General Counsel of Longford Capital. Bill is responsible for investment sourcing, underwriting and monitoring. Bill serves on Longford Capital’s Investment Committee. 

Bill is recognized as a leader in the commercial litigation and litigation finance industries. Bill has been awarded the highest possible rating (AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0) by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating System for legal ability, expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence. For the past many years, Bill has been included in the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists, an annual listing of individuals with an established track record in developing and implementing world class intellectual property value creation programs. In 2018 and 2019, Lawdragon recognized Bill as one of the 100 leading legal consultants and strategists in the world. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Chambers and Partners ranked Longford Capital among the best litigation finance firms. 

Bill is an adjunct professor of law at the Baylor Law School teaching a course on litigation finance as part of the Baylor Law School LL. M. program on Litigation Management.

Bill is an experienced trial lawyer with more than 20 years of litigation and trial experience as both a government prosecutor and as a partner in the commercial litigation departments of two prominent national law firms, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP and Gardner, Carton & Douglas LLP (n/k/a Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP). He served as the lead attorney in dozens of cases and has taken numerous cases through trial and appeal. Bill represented clients in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels and regulatory agencies. His practice included defense of antitrust claims and investigations, defense of class actions, healthcare litigation, intellectual property and trade secret litigation, First Amendment and defamation cases, consumer and commercial fraud, and a variety of contract and commercial disputes. 

Before launching Longford Capital, Bill served as the outside general counsel to several companies and regularly provided advice to clients concerning litigation strategy, claim valuation, risk mitigation and avoidance, acquisitions, corporate structure, corporate governance, contracts, internal policies, and other issues. Prior to entering private practice, Bill served as a prosecutor in the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a government prosecutor, Bill served as the lead attorney in numerous trials and represented the State of Illinois in several cases before the Illinois Appellate Court. Bill has also been appointed a Special Assistant Illinois Attorney General in connection with the representation of government officials and government agencies.

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