Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP

William Trunk, Associate

Education:

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 

Contact:

Tel: 202.775.4517
Fax: 202.775.4510

Bar Associations

District of Columbia

New York

William J. Trunk, Partner

Appellate Briefs

ACP Master, Ltd. v. Sprint Corp. Plaintiffs' Consolidated Answering Brief in Opposition to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss

Trial Memoranda

U.S. Bank National Association, et al. v. Bank of America, et al. Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss
U.S. Bank National Association, et al. v. Bank of America, et al. Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint
U.S. Bank National Association, et al. v. Bank of America, et al. Defendant's Reply in Support of Its Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint
U.S. Bank National Association, et al. v. Bank of America, et al. Memorandum of Defendant in Support of Its Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint
U.S. Bank National Association, et al. v. Bank of America, et al. Defendant's Reply in Support of Its Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint

William J. Trunk is a trial and appellate litigator.  He has litigated 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 has particular expertise representing defendants in securities fraud cases 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:

  • Handled Fourth Circuit criminal appeal of Jeffrey A. Sterling, convicted under Espionage Act for leaking classified material to a New York Times reporter. 

  • 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.

  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for international engineering firm defending against False Claim Act retaliation claim.       

  • Represented significant bondholders in dispute with Republic of Argentina over defaulted sovereign debt, culminating in multibillion-dollar settlement. 

  • Represented on appeal The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of TOUSA, Inc., securing affirmance of $500 million judgment awarded by Bankruptcy Court. 

  • 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:

  • Named a  “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers (2017) 

  • 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)