William J. Carroll has focused his practice on labor and employment law. He puts his extensive experience to work representing employers in trial and appellate courts, and before a wide range of state and federal agencies. He represents clients from a variety of industries -- including high technology, financial, manufacturing, transportation, higher education and retail – who benefit from his knowledgeable advice and effective counsel.
Will has successfully tried jury and non-jury trials alleging discrimination, retaliation, and other employment claims. He has argued on behalf of employers before the California Supreme Court on several occasions, and has a distinguished record of appellate advocacy in both state and federal courts of appeal.
While Will’s practice encompasses all aspects of employment law, he is especially experienced in litigating complex wage and other class and collective actions.
Beyond the litigation context, Will routinely advises California employers regarding preventive personnel practices, wage and hour issues, employee terminations, internal harassment and retaliation complaints, reductions in force and all other aspects of the employment relationship. He also conducts workplace investigations and compliance audits.
Will also regularly counsels companies on employee mobility and trade secret misappropriation issues, such as employee raiding and solicitation matters, the interpretation and enforceability of non-compete agreements, and counsels clients seeking to minimize the risks associated with hiring competitors' employees.
Will tried criminal felony cases and conducted preliminary hearings as a deputy trial attorney for the San Francisco Public Defender's office during a four-month internship.
He also was part of a California Bar Association-sponsored delegation to the former U.S.S.R., where the delegation met with political leaders, academics, law enforcement officials, and attorneys in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan in furthering the development of a Western-style legal system.