William G. McGuinness

William G. McGuinness

  • Of Counsel
  • Litigation
  • New York
  • T:   +1.212.859.8026
  • F:   +1.212.859.4000
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William G. McGuinness is of counsel to Fried Frank's Litigation Department, and served as chair of the Department from 2001-2015.  He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. McGuinness primarily represents brokerage, securities and financial services industry clients in a broad range of complex securities and commercial litigation, including cases involving securities class actions, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property.  He regularly represents issuers and underwriters in shareholder federal securities litigation.  He is also active in the M&A field.

Mr. McGuinness speaks regularly on topics concerning complex litigation, such as the impact of Daubert and other evidentiary and trial practice issues, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.  He has spoken internationally on the extraterritorial application of the US securities law and is co-author of the chapter on "Mergers & Acquisitions" in the multi-volume treatise, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts.

Honors & Awards

Mr. McGuinness is consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Litigation: General Commercial. He is also consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Securities: Shareholder Litigation and Financial Services Litigation.  He is consistently recognized by Benchmark: Litigation as a National Star and a New York Litigation Star.

Mr. McGuinness has been named by the National Association of Corporate Directors to the “NACD 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance and in the Boardroom.

Professional Associations

Chair of Committee on Attorney Client Relations, American College of Trial Lawyers 
Former Chair, American Bar Association, Section on Litigation, Subcommittee on Complex Litigation
Member, Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 23

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

New York; Supreme Court of the United States; numerous Circuit and Federal District courts throughout the country