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
District of Columbia
William J. Trunk, Partner
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.
Defended former independent directors of Carlyle Capital Corporation in multi-jurisdictional litigation brought by liquidating trustee seeking nearly $2 billion in damages. Won a complete victory exonerating clients after a five-month trial.
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)