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Bill Zapf brings to KaiserDillon a strong litigation background and an analytical perspective developed from his years working at global law firms focusing on complex litigation and regulatory matters. He has an unusual depth and range of experience solving complex problems in cases involving highly challenging factual and technical issues.
Bill’s experience covers all aspects of complex litigation, from pre-suit due diligence through trial and post-trial proceedings. Before joining KaiserDillon, he handled highly technical patent cases and other complex matters for over nine years at Covington & Burling LLP, developing a particular expertise in damages and other financial and economic issues. He has represented a broad array of clients, from individuals to global consumer electronics makers and pharmaceutical companies.
Throughout his career, Bill has also devoted much energy to his pro bono practice, representing individuals facing criminal charges and civil claims in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County Circuit Courts in Maryland. It was this desire to help individuals during the most trying, stressful events of their lives that led Bill to join KaiserDillon’s criminal defense practice.
Before starting his law career, Bill attended law school at night while working full-time as an international economist for an AmLaw 100 firm. There, he led an in-house team of specialists providing economic and financial analysis to help international trade clients navigate complex federal trade regulations to avoid being locked out of the U.S. market.
Bill is admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
- J.D., The George Washington University Law School, highest honors
- M.A, International Affairs, The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs
- B.A., La Salle University, maxima cum laude
- Clerkship, The Honorable Roger W. Titus, United States District Court for the District of Maryland
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Justin Dillon Publishes Op-Ed in the Washington Examiner: Biden’s Title IX changes would roll back fairness and due process on campusJuly 5, 2022
Justin Dillon Interviewed by Doug McKelway at The Washington Examiner: The Future of Title IX: A Conversation with Justin DillonJune 15, 2021
Justin Dillon Coauthors Opinion for USA Today: Ending due process: Reinstating Catherine Lhamon at the Dept. of Education is a mistakeJune 14, 2021
Justin Dillon Coauthors Opinion for the National Review: Why Does Joe Biden Hate Due Process?March 25, 2021
Justin Dillon Coauthors Opinion for New York Daily News: The ACLU vs. due process: The nonprofit takes a surprising stand against more rights for those accused on campusMay 21, 2020
Justin Dillon Quoted in New York Times: DeVos’s Rules Bolster Rights of Students Accused of Sexual MisconductMay 6, 2020
Justin Dillon Coauthors Opinion for the National Review: Coronavirus Is No Excuse to Delay the Education Department’s New Title IX RegulationsMarch 30, 2020
Justin Dillon Publishes Opinion for The Chronicle of Higher Education: New Title IX Proposal Would Restore Fairness in Sexual-Misconduct CasesNovember 19, 2019
Law 360 – “Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era” co-authored by Bill PittardJanuary 17, 2019
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon in The Washington Post: The Education Department wants to make campus sexual misconduct hearings fairer. It should go further.September 6, 2018
Justin Dillon Opinion Piece in The Washington Post – “The Common App will no longer require disclosure of criminal history. But what it still asks is more troubling.”August 23, 2018
Law360 – “The Latest On Sexual Harassment Reform On The Hill” by Bill PittardFebruary 23, 2018
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed for The Washington Post: Lawyers: DeVos is bringing due process to campus sexual assault casesSeptember 11, 2017
Justin Dillon Quoted in The Washington Post: Kushner to face intel committee on Monday behind closed doorsJuly 23, 2017
Law 360 – “When Russia Investigations Collide” by Bill PittardJune 7, 2017
Justin Dillon Publishes Opinion for Above The Law: Everything You Think You Know About Campus Sexual Assault Is Wrong: A Review Of ‘The Campus Rape Frenzy’March 23, 2017
Justin Dillon Coauthors Op-Ed for The Harvard Crimson: The Hidden Perils of Affirmative Consent PoliciesMarch 22, 2017
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed: Minnesota’s Failed Football Boycott Was a Blow to Fairness in Campus Sexual Assault HearingsDecember 20, 2016
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Los Angeles Times: Absurdity Reigns in Campus Sexual Assault Trials.April 21, 2016
Justin Dillon Publishes Op-Ed on Lawnews.com: Why We Are Suing the Government on Behalf of Students Accused of Sexual MisconductApril 13, 2016
Matt Kaiser Guest Blogs on Washington Legal Foundation The Legal Pulse: Overcriminalization Timeline: Mens Rea, Public Welfare Offenses and Responsible Corporate Officer DoctrineNovember 16, 2015
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Los Angeles Times: How to Punish Campus Sexual AssaultNovember 14, 2015
Matt Kaiser Publishes an Editorial in The Washington Times: Being an Executive is not a CrimeNovember 11, 2015
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Editorial in LA Times: Why It’s Unfair for Colleges to Use Outside Investigators in Rape Cases.September 16, 2015
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in the National Law Journal: The DOJ’s Crackdown on White-Collar Crime Creates ‘Cruel Alternative’September 14, 2015
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Op-ed in The Weekly Standard: The Campus Sex Scene: How Congress Can Make It WorseAugust 6, 2015
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 areJuly 24, 2015
Matt Kaiser Publishes Editorial in Baltimore Sun: A Minimum of ReformNovember 14, 2014
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in San Diego Union-Tribune: California Bill Won’t Solve Sexual Assault Problem on CampusSeptember 3, 2014
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Boston Herald: College Courts Flunks Fairness TestAugust 16, 2014
Matt Kaiser Publishes an Article for Time Magazine: Some Rules about Consent are “Unfair” to Male Students”May 15, 2014
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Wall Street Journal: The White House Flunks a Test on Sexual AssaultMay 5, 2014
Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Opinion for The Wall Street Journal: The White House Flunks a Test on Sexual AssaultMay 5, 2014
Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times: The Rights of the AccusedApril 28, 2014
Jennifer Short authors “The False Claims Act,” and “Settling With The Government,” in The Corporate Compliance Answer Book 2010 by the Practicing Law Institute in June 2010.June 8, 2010
Publication by Jennifer Short appears in the Holland & Knight Health Law and Life Science Alert, titled “Health Care Reform: While Debate Rages, Enforcement Proposals Take Shape.” This article was published August 2009.August 8, 2009
In May 2009, Jennifer Short pens and publishes an article titled “President Obama Signs Landmark Anti-Fraud Bill Into Law,” in the Holland & Knight Government Contracts Alert.May 8, 2009
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Some of the matters that Mr. Zapf has handled include:
- Represented a former senior employee of a major retail chain in a grand jury investigation of alleged cigarette smuggling.
- Represented a senior campaign official of a former member of the Congress in a grand jury investigation relating to campaign activities.
- Representing an SEC whistleblower in a grand jury investigation of an allegedly fraudulent securities scheme.
- Negotiated a favorable settlement of a legal malpractice claim on behalf of a criminal defendant facing multiple felony counts against her former defense counsel.
- Represented a staff member of a member of the Congress in an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Committee on Ethics of the United States House of Representatives.