November 10, 2022

11-10-22 As Seen in The Daily Record - Bill Bauer named to the Daily Record's Power 20 Litigation List

The Daily Record’s Power 20 Litigation 2022

By: Daily Record Staff November 10, 2022

We are continuing to build on our Power List program with our next practice-specific list: our Power 20 Litigation list. This list includes lawyers who have spent much of their career working as litigators. The people on this list help their clients resolve complex legal matters that often have dire consequences for their financial well-being, whether the client is a business or an individual. These attorneys have also advocated for their clients during a time of unprecedented disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest and more. They have had to navigate new rules from federal and state government and the court system and have had to embrace new ways of practicing law. Rather than tell you about all of these power players’ accomplishments and accolades, we decided to give them a chance to tell you more about themselves through their answers to a few different questions. I welcome any feedback you have at

William G. Bauer

Partner, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

Years in current role: 20

What has been your biggest success over the past year?

I was appointed a mediator/referee in litigation involving a second- and third-generation successful manufacturing business. The engagement involved working with counsel and their respective clients to address several court-ordered discovery requirements and dealing with many corporate fiduciary duty issues. After several mediation sessions, we reached a resolution to the satisfaction of both parties and the core business survived.

What are your expectations for the next 6-12 months?

Law firms face many post-pandemic challenges relative to the hiring and retention of key personnel. These challenges will only be complicated by economic circumstances presently developing in the national and global economies. I expect we will need to be more flexible as to how and where people work and develop new strategies to recruit and retain qualified law firm personnel at all levels. I also expect continued emphasis on training and mentoring in the workplace.

What advice would you give someone starting out as a litigator right now?

The practice of law, like many other businesses, has come to rely on technology to make us more efficient and responsive. Much of litigation, however, depends on personal relationships and a clear understanding of the clients’ objectives and needs. Take time to meet with the clients directly and hone your listening skills. I would also encourage younger attorneys to participate in Bar Association activities. These organizations provide great learning and networking opportunities. Finally, remember and support pro bono activities which make our profession unique.