William Pittard
Partner

wpittard@kaiserdillon.com | P (202) 640-2850

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

Bill Pittard Featured in Law 360: “When Russia Investigations Collide”

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed: Minnesota’s Failed Football Boycott Was a Blow to Fairness in Campus Sexual Assault Hearings

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Los Angeles Times: Absurdity Reigns in Campus Sexual Assault Trials.

Justin Dillon Publishes Op-Ed on Lawnews.com: Why We Are Suing the Government on Behalf of Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Matt Kaiser Guest Blogs on Washington Legal Foundation The Legal Pulse: Overcriminalization Timeline: Mens Rea, Public Welfare Offenses and Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Los Angeles Times: How to Punish Campus Sexual Assault

Matt Kaiser Publishes an Editorial in The Washington Times: Being an Executive is not a Crime

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Editorial in LA Times: Why It’s Unfair for Colleges to Use Outside Investigators in Rape Cases.

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in the National Law Journal: The DOJ’s Crackdown on White-Collar Crime Creates ‘Cruel Alternative’

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Op-ed in The Weekly Standard: The Campus Sex Scene: How Congress Can Make It Worse

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-ed in The Washington Post: We’ve defended lots of campus sexual assault cases, so we know just how unfair they are

Matt Kaiser Publishes Editorial in Baltimore Sun: A Minimum of Reform

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in San Diego Union-Tribune: California Bill Won’t Solve Sexual Assault Problem on Campus

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Boston Herald: College Courts Flunks Fairness Test

Matt Kaiser Publishes an Article for Time Magazine: Some Rules about Consent are “Unfair” to Male Students”

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Wall Street Journal: The White House Flunks a Test on Sexual Assault

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times: The Rights of the Accused