William A. Isaacson
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Areas of Practice
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1986; Order of the Coif; Margaret G. Hyde Award
University of Redlands, B.A., Political Science & English, 1982; National Debate Tournament Finalist (1982)
Hon. Harrison L. Winter, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1986-1987
District of Columbia
Since joining the firm at its inception in 1997, Bill Isaacson’s main practice areas have included complex commercial litigation, including plaintiff litigation and arbitration.
Mr. Isaacson is a two time winner of The AmLaw Litigator of the Week (click here) (click here) and is listed as one of the 500 leading lawyers in the U.S. by the publication Lawdragon. (click here). Legal 500.com describes Mr. Isaacson as a “leader” at BSF “with many successes to his credit.” (click here) In 2014, in O’Bannon v. NCAA, he won significant attention for his cross-examinations of NCAA witnesses. (click here). Isaacson served as trial counsel in the first antitrust action against Chinese companies for cartel conduct relating to products sold in the United States, winning in 2013 a $162 million judgment, and $33 million from settling defendants. (click here)
In other examples, Mr. Isaacson has acted as trial counsel for plaintiffs in Animal Science Products v. Mitsui & Co. (D.D.C.), an international cartel case, resulting in a jury verdict for the class of $49.5 million (before trebling) (National Law Journal, August 4, 2003 p. 13) and In re Scrap Metal Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ohio) winning a jury verdict of $11.5 million before trebling. Mr. Isaacson also has acted as a Steering Committee Member in In re Vitamins Antitrust Litigation in which the firm uncovered an international conspiracy and represented purchasers of a range of vitamins in pursuing price fixing and market allocation claims ("Not Your Father's Class Action," National Law Journal, June 7, 1999, p.A5), resulting in an over $1 billion in settlements. Among other cases, Mr. Isaacson represents Firm clients in In re TFT-LCD Antitrust Litigation and In re Cathode Ray Tube Antitrust Litigation and is currently colead counsel for the direct purchaser class in In re Municipal Derivatives Antitrust Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) and In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation (N.D.Ohio).
In the field of arbitration, Legal 500 (click here) describes Isaacson as having a “brilliant knowledge of international arbitration.” For example, Mr. Isaacson has acted as lead counsel in proceedings in the Southern District of Texas and the Fifth Circuit to enforce an international arbitration award under the New York Convention resulting in a $261 million judgment which was affirmed on appeal. Karaha Bodas Co., L.L.C. v. Perusahaan Pertambangan Minyak Dan Gas Bumi Negara, 364 F.3d 274 (5th Cir. 2004); American Lawyer, 2005 Arbitration Scorecard. Mr. Isaacson also acted as lead trial counsel for Claimant Homestore v. AOL (AAA Arbitration/Washington D.C.) asserting claims for breach of contract arising out of an internet distribution agreement. Following a two week trial and before a final award, the parties entered a settlement agreement restructuring the distribution agreement and terminating a $57 million payment due from Homestore and reducing future payments by $9 million per quarter (click here). Mr. Isaacson has acted as trial counsel for Respondent in Marketing Company v. Telecommunications Company (AAA arbitration/ New York) in which Claimant was denied its request for $30 million in lost profits.
Mr. Isaacson also has acted as counsel in Worldspan v. Abacus (ICC Arbitration / London) (following a three week trial in 1999, a 300 page Award in August 2000 found for Claimant Worldspan on claims for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, misappropriation of confidential information and conspiracy and awarded $39.5 million); Kuwait Oil Company & UK Oil Company v. UK Oil Company et al. (LCIA Arbitration/London) (following an arbitration in London and Kuwait, an arbitration award in December 2000 affirmed Claimant's contractual equity interest in billion barrel oil fields at issue, and awarded fees and costs to Claimants); Shandling v. Grey (representing comedian Garry Shandling against his former manager for breach of fiduciary duty through to settlement following a decision denying a motion for summary adjudication, see "Shandling Claims Get New Life in a Stunning Reversal," Variety June 23, 1999, p. 1).
Mr. Isaacson is a member of the Board for Legal Counsel for the Elderly, the Advisory Board for the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, and the Board of Trustees for the Field School in Washington DC. His pro bono work was featured in an article in the Washington Post on June 10, 2010. He has lectured at Georgetown University Law School and made presentations and conducted mock trials at ABA and IBA seminars and meetings. Based on its own surveys, the publication Super Lawyers has listed Mr. Isaacson as a D.C. Super Lawyer and Best Lawyers has listed him as one of the best lawyers in Washington DC.
Antifederalism Revisited, 21 University of Toledo Law Review 147 (Fall 1989)
Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Bill Isaacson (In The News)
O’Bannon v. NCAA: Judge Wilken rules for plaintiffs (In The News)
O’Bannon v. NCAA: Amateurism on trial (In The News)
Amateurism and the N.C.A.A. (In The News)
President Testifies for Five Hours at O’Bannon Trial (In The News)
O’Bannon Trial: Former CBS President Backs Up NCAA (In The News)
54 BSF Attorneys Recognized as Top Lawyers in 2013 Super Lawyers Magazine (2013 Super Lawyers)
The BSF Report: Spring 2013 (03.08.2013)
Eighteen BSF Attorneys Named 2011 Super Lawyers (Recognition)
Two BSF Attorneys Named 2010 Washington DC Super Lawyers (2010 Washington, DC Super Lawyers)
Firm Report: May 2009 (May 2009)
Two BSF Attorneys Named 2009 Washington, DC Super Lawyers (2009 Washington, DC Super Lawyers)
Firm Report: July 2008 (07.28.2008)
Firm Report: January 2008 (Vol. 3, Issue I) (01.22.2008)
Firm Report: July/August 2007 (Vol. 2, Issue II) (08.22.2007)
BSF Ranked as Leading Law Firm By Legal 500 (May 24, 2007)
Firm Report: November 2006 (Vol. 1, Issue III (11.01.2006)
Firm Report: July 2006 (Vol. 1, Issue II) (07.01.2006)
Firm Report: March 2006 (Vol. 1, Issue I) (03.01.2006)