Bill has extensive experience representing business owners, directors, officers, and shareholders in corporate governance disputes, including derivative suits relating to malfeasance and self-dealing; claims by business entities against their officers and directors for breaches of fiduciary duties; and defending companies, officers, and directors against similar claims.
Bill also regularly handles complex commercial disputes, unfair competition and business torts, mergers and acquisitions, commercial equipment leases and sales, trade secret misappropriation, and construction and real estate development.
Additionally, Bill represents financial services institutions in broker-dealer litigation and other financial services disputes in federal and state court and FINRA arbitration.
In addition to his litigation practice, Bill advises clients in privacy and data security matters. He has experience managing data breach incidents and business email compromise, including investigations, reporting, notification, remediation, and interaction with state attorneys general as well as the FBI to investigate potential cyber-crime. Bill also helps clients to navigate evolving state and federal statutes and regulatory frameworks, including HIPAA, FCRA, TCPA, FOIA, NIST Cybersecurity Framework, and state privacy and background check laws.
Bill also maintains a strong record in pro bono service. His pro bono work focuses on defending tenants from wrongful evictions through Moore & Van Allen’s Housing Rights Project, which aims to protect vulnerable populations from homelessness. Bill has also litigated civil rights claims under Section 1983 in federal court.
- Obtained a $10.5 million damages judgment in favor railcar lessor and successfully defended against counterclaims of over $48 million for alleged storage fees of railcars and locomotives
- Currently representing and advising a large international bank in numerous antitrust class actions related to the foreign exchange market
- Represented a large manufacturer in dispute over defects in a multi-million industrial equipment installation
- Achieved dismissal, upheld on appeal, of claims against a business broker involving the commission on a business acquisition
- Obtained early dismissal of class-action claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in federal court
- Best Lawyers in America, Privacy and Data Security "Ones to Watch," 2023
- North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2018-2021
- William "Bill" M. Butler among Twenty-five MVA Attorneys Named to the 2021 NC Pro Bono Honor Society09.2022
- William "Bill" M. Butler among 104 MVA attorneys recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2023, and eleven MVA attorneys named ‘Lawyer of the Year’08.2022
- William "Bill" M. Butler among the Twenty-four MVA Attorneys Named to the 2020 NC Pro Bono Honor Society05.2021
- William "Bill" M. Butler among the Twenty-one MVA Attorneys Named to the 2019 NC Pro Bono Honor Society05.2020
- William "Bill" M. Butler among the Twenty-six Moore & Van Allen Attorneys Named to the 2018 NC Pro Bono Honor Society04.2019
- Bloomberg Law, 05.2020
Blogs and Resources
- 04.2020MVA COVID-19 Resource Center
- Data Points: Privacy & Data Security Blog, 03.09.2022
- Data Points: Privacy & Data Security Blog, 02.18.2022
- Data Points: Privacy & Data Security Blog, 05.07.2021
- Data Points: Privacy & Data Security Blog, 04.30.2020
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Mecklenburg County Bar Association
- Civil Litigation
- Class Actions
- Commercial Litigation
- Commercial Real Estate
- Consumer Disputes
- Corporate Governance & Shareholder Relations
- Financial Services Litigation
- Litigation, Regulatory & White Collar
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Privacy & Data Security
- Real Estate & Construction Disputes
- Securities & Capital Markets Litigation
J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015, with honors
B.A., Washington & Lee University, 2010
- North Carolina, 2015