William B. Pollard III practices in the area of litigation. For more than 40 years, Mr. Pollard has had leading roles in complex civil and white-collar criminal cases and grand jury and regulatory investigations representing corporations and individuals. He has tried criminal and civil cases to verdict and regularly argues appeals in state and federal courts. Mr. Pollard’s cases have involved contract disputes, business torts, insurance coverage and claim related disputes, SEC enforcement actions, money laundering and asset forfeiture disputes, securities law disputes and white collar criminal defense. He also regularly represents financial institutions as plaintiffs in civil fraud and RICO actions.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Pollard was the Deputy Chief, Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York from 1988-1993 and assistant United States Attorney from 1981-1988.

Mr. Pollard earned a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1974 and is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • White-Collar Defense
  • SEC Enforcement Defense

Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Education

  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1974
  • Columbia University, M.B.A., 1974
  • Washington University in St. Louis, A.B., 1970
    - Distinguished Alumni Award, 2005

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2015-present
  • Kornstein Veisz Wexler & Pollard, LLP
    - Partner, 1993-2015
  • United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York
    - Deputy Chief, Criminal Division, 1988-1993
    - Assistant United States Attorney, 1981-1988
    -- Chief Postal Inspector's Award, 1992
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
    - Associate, 1974-1981

Professional Activities

  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    - Member, Outside and Inside Counsel Working Group, 2009-2013
    - Committee on the Judiciary, 2003-2006
    - Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics, 2000-2003
    - Committee on Federal Courts, 1994-1997
    - Committee on Minorities in the Profession, 1991-1997
    - Committee on Criminal Advocacy, 1990-1993
    - Committee on International Human Rights, 1977-1980
  • American Bar Association
    - Member, Section on Criminal Justice, Committee on White Collar Crime
  • The National Bar Association
    - Member, Commercial Law Committee
  • The Federal Bar Council
    - Trustee, 2010-present
    - Vice President and Assistant Secretary, 1994-2000
    - Committee on Second Circuit Courts, 1991-1998

Honors and Awards

Selected Publications

  • Attorney Fees, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering, ABA, March 1998
  • In the Eye of the Beholder -- The Innocent Owner Defense and The Prosecutor in Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Enforcement, Prentice Hall Law and Business, 1993
  • Federal Asset Forfeiture Law, A Precis for Financial Institution Managers and Lawyers in Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and White Collar Crime, Ocean Publications Inc., 1994

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Practice, Federal Bar Council and New York County Lawyers Association Seminar, 2000-present