Hon. William J. Cahill (Ret.)

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Class Action/Mass Tort
Judge Cahill has resolved many complex, multi-party class action cases. As a judge in San Francisco Superior Court, Judge Cahill presided over and settled several class action cases. Since coming to JAMS, he has mediated and arbitrated both federal and state cases in California as well as New York and other states.

Representative Matters

  • Recent Class Actions resolved by Judge Cahill include the following representative matters:
    • ADA compliance in supermarket chain
    • Alleged conspiracy to fix utility prices
    • Cell phone monthly charges
    • Consumer credit reporting
    • Credit card fees
    • Employee lunch and break-time claims
    • Employee wage and hour claims
    • Gender discrimination
    • Lending practices by banks
    • MP3 music player performance
    • Poker room dealer compensation
    • Race discrimination
    • Special Master in wage and hour case during damages phase
    • Telephone installation charges
    • Trustee fees in real estate loan refinancing
    • Wireless computer devices

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized as a Top California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2004, 2005, 2009-2013
  • Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer, ADR Category, San Francisco Magazine, 2004, 2006-2014
  • Recognized as one of the three Best Neutrals in the Bay Area, through an open survey of attorneys, The Recorder, 2007, 2008, and 2009
  • Recognized as one of the “500 Leading Judges in America,” by Lawdragon Magazine, 2006
  • Recognized as one of the Bay Area's Top 10 Mediators and Top 10 Arbitrators, The Recorder, 2002
  • Chosen as the top judge on the San Francisco Superior Court in a poll published in the San Francisco Examiner; Judge Cahill's settlement skills were noted in the December 14, 1998 article
  • Trial Judge of the Year, San Francisco, 1992
  • Lecturer, international, national, and local speaking engagements including topics related to class actions, mediation, employment, arbitration, insurance, construction, ethics, law and motion practice, expert witnesses, and clause drafting, among others
  • Former Member, Chief Justice Ronald George's Committee to revise the California Civil Jury Instructions
  • Judicial Officer, San Francisco Bar Association Bench Bar Media Committee, 1991-2000
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 1996-1998; (In 1994, Judge Cahill was chosen by the ABTL to be an instructor on settlements to both the United States District Court, Northern California and the San Francisco Superior Court benches.)
  • Member, Litigation Section, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2000-present

Background and Education

  • Judge, San Francisco County Superior Court, 1991-2000
  • Partner, Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, 1986-1991
  • J.D., Hastings College of Law, 1979
  • B.S., University of California at Berkeley, 1976