J.D., summa cum laude, Boston College School of Law, 2008
Order of the Coif
Boston College Law Review
Dean Dennis A. Dooley Award for Outstanding Scholarship Average
Graduate Student Association Graduate Achievement Award
B.A., summa cum laude, State University of New York at Albany, 2005
James Unger Memorial Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Research Paper
District of Columbia
William J. Trunk, Partner
William J. Trunk is a trial and appellate litigator. He has briefed matters in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, on a wide range of subjects—including corporate bankruptcy, directors’ duties, putative class actions, administrative law, and constitutional interpretation.
Bill’s trial experience has focused on high-stakes civil litigation, including federal securities cases, telecommunications matters, complex commercial disputes, and breach of fiduciary actions. Bill also has particular expertise representing defendants in False Claims Act and qui tam lawsuits.
Before joining Robbins Russell in 2011, Bill was an associate at Ropes & Gray in New York. From 2009 to 2010, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard C. Wesley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Bill is a 2008 graduate of Boston College Law School, where he was ranked second in his graduating class.
Representative matters include:
Defending former independent directors of publicly traded investment fund against breach of fiduciary and related claims brought by liquidating trustee seeking $1 billion in damages.
Representing former minority shareholders in breach of fiduciary duty and appraisal actions in Delaware Court of Chancery stemming from Sprint’s 2013 acquisition of Clearwire Corporation.
Successfully obtained summary judgment for international engineering firm defending against False Claim Act retaliation claim.
Won motion to dismiss putative class action asserting federal securities and related claims seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
On behalf of large multinational renewable power company, briefed and won Second Circuit appeal defending series of administrative rulings by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Drafted Supreme Court amicus briefs for trade association on winning side of National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, 134 S. Ct. 2550, relating to the scope of the President’s recess appointment power.
Professional Activities, Publications and Honors:
Just ‘Because’: A Higher Burden for Proving Retaliation Claims Under the False Claims Act, Federal Contracts Report (Sept. 9, 2014)
Note, The Scourge of Contextualism: Ceremonial Deism and the Establishment Clause, 49 B.C.L. Rev. 571 (2008)