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William C. Jackson

Washington, DC

t: 202 237 5677
f: 202 237 6131
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Areas of Practice


Health Care


Columbia Law School, J.D., 1997; Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law Certificate of Achievement with Honors

Harvard University, B.A., cum laude, Government, 1991


Hon. Frank Coffin, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1998-1999

Hon. Norma L. Shapiro in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1997-1998


District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and New York

United States Courts of Appeals: Second and Tenth Circuits

United States District Courts: Districts of Colorado and District of Columbia

William Jackson’s main practice areas include complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and international arbitration. Since joining Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in 1999, Mr. Jackson has represented clients in a wide range of complex commercial matters, and has extensive experience in litigating and advising clients with respect to contract and licensing agreement disputes and business torts.

Mr. Jackson has litigated, arbitrated, mediated, and counseled clients in a wide variety of industries, including asset management, commercial banking, computer software, healthcare, healthcare technology, hedge funds, investment banking, payment systems, petrochemical and petrochemical services, pharmaceutical manufacturing, private equity, retail sales, and telecommunications.

He successfully acted as co-lead trial counsel for a branded pharmaceutical manufacturer in a case brought by a competitor seeking FDA permission to manufacture and market a generic version of a drug.  The generic company challenged several patents related to the drug.  After a multi-week trial, the court ruled that the patents were valid and the generic’s proposed product would infringe one of the patents.  The ruling represented a significant victory for the company, and resulted in the company’s market cap increasing by more than $1 billion the day the decision was announced.

Other representative work includes:

  • representing a leading healthcare technology company in connection with numerous intellectual property, other legal and business issues;
  • successfully representing an international trading company in a dispute with a major international oil and gas corporation over an oil project valued at several billion dollars;
  • defending a client in both civil and criminal antitrust actions involving the construction and installation of deepwater offshore oil and gas platforms;
  • defending of a telecommunications corporation in an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and concurrent private class and individual opt out actions alleging securities fraud;
  • successfully representing Genesco in its litigation against Finish Line seeking specific performance of a merger agreement between Finish Line and Genesco;
  • leading the firm's representation of an engineering company in a dispute involving a pipeline from the United States to the Bahamas; and
  • successfully representing a company providing advertising in supermarket chains and other retailers in an arbitration against a major grocery retailer in a breach of contract action.

With others at the firm, he filed an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of faculty members of Columbia Law School regarding the Solomon Amendment, a federal statute involving military recruiting on law school campuses. 

Mr. Jackson has taught negotiation and alternative dispute resolution at Harvard Law School and was a Lecturer on Law at Stanford Law School.  In addition, Mr. Jackson worked as a Special Assistant to Roger Fisher, the author of Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In.

While in law school, Mr. Jackson was the Writing and Research Editor for the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems and was a Moot Court Editor and Moot Court Student Judge.  Mr. Jackson is also a Tony Patiňo Fellow, and is on the Board of Directors of the Tony Patiňo Fellowship. 


Teaching the Skills of Settlement, 46 SMU L. Rev. 1985 (1993)

Managing Editor of Beyond Machiavelli: Tools for Coping with Conflict (paperback edition) (Penguin 1994)

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