Bill is a real estate attorney with more than two decades of experience. He serves as vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Real Estate Practice and co-chair of the Real Estate Finance group, and has established himself as a leader in New York’s real estate bar.
Bill focuses on real estate financings and loan transactions on behalf of sophisticated lenders, including institutional investors, nationally recognized banks, real estate investment trusts, and real estate funds. He structures and negotiates workouts, bridge loans, construction loans, securitized conduit lending programs, and sale leaseback portfolio transactions.
Over his career, Bill has helped lenders successfully navigate multiple down cycles, from the 2008 financial crisis to the COVID-19 pandemic, and has accrued deep experience with distressed real estate. Bill leads foreclosures, real estate bankruptcies, loan modifications, debt restructuring, forbearance agreements, and rescue capital strategies.
On the equity side, Bill serves real estate owners, developers, and high-net-worth individuals in large-scale development deals and joint venture equity investments, and he has broad leasing and property management capabilities.
As the head of the firm’s New York real estate group, Bill has played a pivotal role in growing the Cozen O’Connor team from a few to a group of more than 20 top attorneys. He prioritizes cooperation and collegiality, and is most proud of the team’s high retention and longstanding relationships with clients.
Bill is an active lecturer, frequently speaking at conferences and CLE events on topics ranging from valuation methodologies to LIBOR. He is also a committed mentor to more junior real estate attorneys and a singer with Cozen O’Connor's house band The Dirty Scriveners.
Bill earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from The George Washington University. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Tulane Law School, where he served as the associate executive editor of the Tulane Journal of International & Comparative Law.