William S. Rogers, Jr. represents a broad array of clients including technology companies, financial services institutions and their representatives, health care institutions and health care providers, product manufacturers, distributors and retailers, vendors and purchasers, construction contractors, and professional service providers in commercial disputes. His representation includes contract litigation, business torts, torts, warranty obligations, government and internal investigations, and often involves claims under statutory schemes, including the Uniform Commercial Code, Public Procurement statutes and regulations, Construction Mechanics liens, Payment and Performance Bond statutes, Unfair Competition and Unfair Trade Practice statutes and regulations, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Computer Fraud statutes, Data Security and Data Breach notification statutes and regulations, State and Federal Securities laws, and related class actions.
Bill is chair of the firm's multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Practice Group, which includes attorneys from many of the firm's traditional practices including employment, insurance and reinsurance, trademark, copyright, and intellectual property law, products liability, litigation, environmental, corporate, start-ups and renewable energy. Attorneys in our Nanotechnology Practice Group work as a team to identify and resolve the unique legal challenges faced by our clients in this field. Attorneys in the group are active in industry forums, conferences, and webinars, they are frequent contributors to industry publications and journals, and collaborate often with strategic partners in the toxicology, scientific, risk management, insurance consulting, business consulting, regulatory and industry standardization efforts taking place both nationally and globally. Bill's nanotechnology practice focuses on compliance and risk management, pending future nanotechnology litigation.
Bill is a lecturer and frequent speaker at industry conferences and continuing legal education programs. He edits and/or writes articles on nanomaterial risk for the International Risk Management Institute, IRMI.com. Bill moderated the panel "Legal Implications for Big Tech of Voluntary Cyber Information Sharing" at the RSA Conference in San Francisco in April 2015. Bill will be presenting a legal, safety and industrial hygiene panel examining a case study for an existing nanomaterial-enabled product creating a potential hazard in office workplaces in America at the annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) in Baltimore, MD. in May, 2016.
Bill is admitted to practice in all state courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts and the Northern District of Illinois, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He has also been admitted specially as lead trial counsel for cases in the state courts of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, and California. Bill has appeared on behalf of clients in arbitrations conducted by The American Arbitration Association and self-regulatory organizations in the securities industry.
In a career spanning nearly 28 years, Bill has tried more than 45 major cases to judgments in courts or awards in arbitration. He has tried and managed complex commercial litigations, which often involve proprietary, trade secret, and technology-driven issues involving both closely held businesses and publicly traded companies. His representation includes complex product warranty and liability cases involving a wide variety of products, from hand-held power tools, electrical and power sub-components, software products, microprocessors and integrated circuits, silicon wafers, and heavy industrial machinery. Bill has defended a variety of medical specialists and medical institutions in alleged medical negligence and wrongful death jury trials resulting in more than 20 defense jury verdicts.