William Pittard
Partner

wpittard@kaiserdillon.com | P (202) 683-6150

Bill Pittard is an experienced lawyer with a unique depth of government and litigation experience. Prior to joining KaiserDillon, Bill served as the Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives. There, he advised on and litigated significant constitutional issues and worked with congressional committees conducting investigations into issues ranging from the use of performance-enhancing substances in professional sports to gun-walking on the U.S.-Mexico border.

At KaiserDillon, Bill’s practice focuses on representing people and small businesses with high-stakes problems, including clients facing government investigations and complex criminal and civil litigation. He particularly helps clients connected to the Legislative Branch, whether as officials of that branch or as individuals and businesses preparing for congressional hearings or otherwise responding to congressional inquiries.

Prior to joining KaiserDillon, Bill served in the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives for more than five years, including most recently as the Acting General Counsel. In that role, he acted as legal counsel to Members, committees, officers, and employees of the House on matters related to their official duties. He also represented the House itself in litigation and other matters in which it had an institutional interest.  The Congressional Record summarizes, in part:  “Mr. Pittard provided frequent and invaluable legal advice and representation to Members of the House . . . , the officers of the House, the committees of the House, and the leadership of the House—most often in connection with their interactions with the other branches of the Federal Government.  He did so professionally and without regard to partisan identity and, as a result, we came to rely on his expertise and guidance.”

Before joining the Office of General Counsel, Bill practiced at Williams & Connolly LLP, where he litigated complex criminal and civil cases from inception through trial and appeal. Bill’s cases particularly involved professional services, whether regarding claims of legal malpractice or breach of a financial professional’s duties to his or her clients. For example, Bill served as the team lead in defending an arbitration action filed against a brokerage firm and two individual brokers; in that matter, Bill achieved a full, mid-trial, exoneration for his clients. In a subprime mortgage case, Bill obtained an early dismissal for his underwriter client. And, in another case, Bill took the depositions and served as the primary drafter in successfully establishing that an opposing party, even if successful in establishing its claims, likely would be responsible for his client’s attorney’s fees; the case settled immediately thereafter.

And, before embarking on a career in the law, Bill taught elementary school in Baltimore, Maryland through the Teach for America program.

Education
  • J.D., University of Chicago Law School (with honors)
  • B.A., Wake Forest University (magna cum laude)
Government Service
  • Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Clerkship, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Judge Robert H. Henry
  • Clerkship, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer

William Pittard
Partner

wpittard@kaiserdillon.com | P (202) 683-6150

Law 360 – “Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era” co-authored by Bill Pittard

Law360 – “The Latest On Sexual Harassment Reform On The Hill” by Bill Pittard

Law 360 – “When Russia Investigations Collide” by Bill Pittard

William Pittard
Partner

wpittard@kaiserdillon.com | P (202) 683-6150

William Pittard
Partner

wpittard@kaiserdillon.com | P (202) 683-6150

What should I do if I’ve been asked to testify at a congressional hearing? – Bill Pittard

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What should I do if I get a congressional subpoena? – Bill Pittard

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Can I assert my Fifth Amendment rights in response to a congressional demand for testimony? – Bill Pittard

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William Pittard
Partner

wpittard@kaiserdillon.com | P (202) 683-6150

Some of the matters that Mr. Pittard has handled while at KaiserDillon include:

  • Represented a senior law enforcement official in connection with investigations by House Committee on the Judiciary and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
  • Represented a federal government agency in connection with an investigation by House Committee on Financial Services.
  • Represented, in dealing with the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Senate Intelligence Committee, and House. Intelligence Committee, an official with a national political party in connection with investigations of foreign interference with U.S. elections.
  • Represented a sports organization in connection with an investigation by the Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
  • Represented a Member of Congress in connection with a complaint filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).
  • Represented multiple congressional staff members in connection with an investigation by Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE).
  • Represented a congressional staff member in connection with an investigation by House Committee on Ethics.
  • Represented former General Counsels of the U.S. House of Representatives in filing an amicus brief in support of a petition for certiorari to U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Represented a Member of Congress as a witness in connection with an investigation by the United States Capitol Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Represented a political campaign official in a federal grand jury investigation.
  • Represented a federal contractor as a witness in a federal criminal proceeding.
  • Represented multiple individuals and entities in connection with various Federal Election Commission (FEC) investigations.
  • Represented multiple corporate executives in Securities Enforcement Commission (SEC) proceedings.
  • Represented an individual in a dispute with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
  • Represented multiple senior government officials in various inspector general (IG) investigations.
  • Represented multiple individuals and entities in dealing with media regarding publication, or non-publication, of stories, retractions, and corrections.
  • Represented former D.C. City councilmember and board member for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in civil litigation regarding WMATA contracting.
  • Represented multiple individuals and entities in civil litigation centering around an alleged breach of contract, including in federal courts, state courts, and arbitration panels.
  • Represented multiple individuals in litigation with former professional employers, including law firms and financial service entities.
  • Represented a corporate executive in False Claims Act (FCA) litigation.
  • Represented a former political party official in civil litigation regarding that official’s political work.
  • Represented an individual in civil litigation with a foreign bank.
  • Represented multiple students in civil litigation and in campus disciplinary proceedings relating to alleged sexual misconduct.
  • Represented a private secondary school in civil litigation regarding alleged sexual misconduct by a teacher.
  • Represented a telecommunications firm in considering challenge to regulatory action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

William Pittard
Partner

wpittard@kaiserdillon.com | P (202) 683-6150