Bill is the Chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and concentrates
in the areas of federal and state criminal defense, complex civil litigation,
heath care law, and election law.
He has been recognized for his creative legal work and accomplishments
by various groups. Bill has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in criminal
defense since 2016 and is serving a third term as District Representative
under the Criminal Justice Act for the Federal District Court of New Hampshire.
In the civil realm, he is a recipient of the Bill of Rights Award from
The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and the Granite Justice Award
from the New Hampshire Democratic Party. He serves as legal counsel for
the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
Bill has successfully litigated claims against the State of New Hampshire
in the areas of Election Law and First Amendment Law. In Guare v. State,
the New Hampshire Supreme Court agreed with Bill’s arguments that
newly adopted language on the New Hampshire voter registration form was
unconstitutional. In Rideout v. Gardner, the First Circuit Court of Appeals
struck down the New Hampshire “ballot selfie” law. On Election
Day in 2014 and 2016, Bill convinced the New Hampshire Superior Court
to extend polling hours in order to protect the right to vote. Bill has
represented numerous elected officials and political organizations in
a variety of legal matters.
In the early 2000s, Bill was appointed by a federal judge to serve as lead
plaintiffs’ counsel in seven consolidated wrongful death lawsuits
pending against the U.S. government in Federal Court in Boston arising
from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s relationship with longtime
Boston criminals and FBI informants James “Whitey” Bulger
and Stephen “the Rifleman” Flemmi. After a six-year legal
battle, Bill obtained a $3.1 million-dollar judgment against the government
in 2006 that was described by the Boston Herald as “justice at last”
for the plaintiff’s family and the community. In October 2010, Bill
obtained a $925,000 award of attorneys’ fees against the United
States after proving that government attorneys acted in bad faith when
defending the lawsuit.
Bill also focuses on federal criminal defense and has obtained not guilty
verdicts for clients charged with numerous offenses including tax evasion,
embezzlement, aggravated sexual assault, first- and second-degree assault,
and music bootlegging offenses. By employing a creative pretrial strategy,
Bill has convinced prosecutors in many cases not to charge clients under
investigation or to dismiss charges prior to trial based upon legal or
factual defenses brought to the government’s attention.
Additionally, he represents health care practices and other businesses
involved in regulatory or commercial disputes.
For over a decade, Bill has been recognized for his groundbreaking work
in the areas of federal and state criminal defense and complex civil litigation.
Whether a client’s best interests involves creative negotiation
or an aggressive trial strategy, Bill has been successful in obtaining
favorable results for individuals and companies in the state and federal
courts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
For the past several years, Bill has served as lead plaintiffs’ counsel
in seven consolidated wrongful death lawsuits against the United States
Government in Federal Court in Boston, Massachusetts arising from the
Federal Bureau of Investigation’s relationship with longtime Boston
area criminals and FBI informants James “Whitey” Bulger and
Stephen “the Rifleman” Flemmi. After a six-year legal battle,
in September 2006, Bill obtained a $3.1 million dollar judgment against
the United States Government that was described by the Boston Herald editorial
page as “justice at last” for the plaintiff’s family
and for the “community” as well. In October 2010, Bill obtained
a $925,000 award of attorneys’ fees against the United States after
proving that government attorneys acted in bad faith.
Bill’s civil practice also involves representation of businesses
involved in commercial disputes applying his negotiation and trial skills
to protect his clients’ commercial interests and trade secrets.
Beyond complex civil litigation, Bill’s main practice area is criminal
defense with a focus on federal criminal defense. Bill has represented
numerous clients in Federal Court, including those charged with fraud
offenses, obstruction of justice, tax evasion and drug offenses. Bill
has successfully used his knowledge of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
to obtain favorable results for numerous clients facing federal criminal charges.
Bill also has a significant State Court practice where he has represented
clients charged with embezzlement, environmental offenses, as well as
a variety of motor vehicle offenses, including negligent homicide and
driving while intoxicated.
Combining his expertise in civil and criminal matters, Bill conducts internal
investigation for companies regulated by the state or federal governments
and has successfully represented corporate and individual clients subject
to “parallel” civil and criminal proceedings.
In December 2010, Bill was elected by his peers as the Criminal Just Act
District Representative to serve as the liaison between the District Court,
the United States Attorneys Office and the defense bar. Bill is also a
member of the Federal Court Advisory Committee for the District of New
- Member of the Bar – New Hampshire
- Member of the Bar – Massachusetts
- United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- First Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States Supreme Court
Professional Associations and Memberships
- New Hampshire Bar Association
- New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Super Lawyers
- Recipient of The 2014 Bill of Rights Award from The New Hampshire Civil
- Granite State Justice Award from the New Hampshire Democratic Party
- Inducted into the Rockland High School Hall of Fame in June 2012 based
upon academic and career achievements
- Member of the Merit Selection Panel for the selection of the Magistrate
Judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
- Unanimously elected as Officer and Legal Counsel to the New Hampshire Democratic Party
- Board of the Friendly Kitchen, Concord, New Hampshire
- Former Board Member of the Concord Family YMCA
- Inducted into the Rockland High School Hall of Fame, 2012
- B.A., Boston College, 1989 (Gasson Scholar Phi Beta Kappa)
- J.D., Boston College Law School, 1994
- Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., 1995-Present
“FBI Found Responsible for Mob Informant’s Murder”
published in the
New Hampshire Trial Bar News (Summer, 2007)
“Jury held FBI to task for mob informant’s murder”
published in the
National Law Journal (March, 2007)