Hon. William J. Cahill (Ret.)

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Securities
Hon. William J. Cahill (Ret.) has successfully mediated hundreds of disputes in the financial and securities arena while at JAMS and from the bench. His tenacity and perseverance have made him one of Northern California’s most sought after neutrals to mediate every kind of security dispute.

Representative Matters

  • Alleged manipulation of stock valuation in a management buyout (MBO) by a national brokerage firm
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claim against a hedge fund for failure to liquidate to avoid a $50 million loss
  • Class action brought by stockholders regarding stock devaluation due to restatement of allegedly fraudulent financials
  • Class action by shareholders for failure to accurately disclose the types of mortgages on financial statement; settled for $75 million
  • D&O case involving issues regarding a publicly traded bank's stock drop
  • Derivative action brought against corporate officers for breach of fiduciary duty
  • Derivative cases involving backdating of stock options
  • Derivative options backdating case involving special committee recommendations on corporate governance
  • Fraud case involving breach of fiduciary duty by a public company's Board of Directors; settled for $450 million
  • Securities fraud class action involving insider trading allegedly causing a drop in stock value
  • Securities fraud class action involving management decision to allegedly sell assets at lower than market value
  • Securities fraud class action involving stock valuation in a $1 billion management buyout of publicly traded corporate shares

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Included on "National Mediators" list, Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2017
  • 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
  • "Reading the Room," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, October 16, 2015

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

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