A native Oregonian, Bill graduated cum laude from Michigan State University in pre-law studies before attending the University of Oregon Law School, graduating in 1974. He has been in private practice in Eugene since that year. Bill's law practice emphasizes small business matters, real estate matters, including complex transactions, and estate planning and probate matters. His clientele includes numerous local businesses and professionals. He has been a member of the Oregon State Bar Business Law Section, the Real Estate and Land Use Section, and the Estate Planning and Administration Section since their inception. He is a past member and chairperson of the Oregon State Bar Foreign and International Law Committee, and has actively served on numerous Lane County Bar committees and sections over the years. He is a long-time member and past chair of the Lane County Joint Realtor Attorney Committee. In addition, he has chaired the Lane County Bar Community Education and Law Day Committee several times, along with serving as the Law Day Activity Coordinator for Lane County schools for nearly two decades.