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William J. Trunk is a trial and appellate litigator. He has litigated matters in state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, on a wide range of subjects—including corporate bankruptcy, directors’ duties, putative class actions, administrative law, and constitutional interpretation.
Bill has substantial experience representing hedge funds and other strategic investors in bankruptcy and related litigation, particularly in the distressed-debt space. This past year, Bill co-led the trial team that secured a $315 million judgment for his client, Aurelius Capital, in a dispute with Windstream Services arising from Windstream’s breach of its bond indenture. He also represented holders of defaulted bonds in years-long litigation against the Republic of Argentina, culminating in a $4.6 billion settlement.
Bill also routinely represents companies and their boards of directors against derivative lawsuits, breach of fiduciary claims, and related matters. For example, Bill recently represented the former independent directors of a Guernseybased fund sponsored by The Carlyle Group, successfully defending his clients against a $2 billion lawsuit brought by the fund’s liquidators.
Bill also maintains an active appellate practice. He recently briefed and argued the Fourth Circuit criminal appeal of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA agent who was convicted under the Espionage Act for leaking classified material to a New York Times reporter. And he represented amici on the winning sides in two recent landmark Supreme Court decisions: Murphy v. NCAA, 138 S. Ct. 1461 (2018), overturning the decades-old federal ban on state-authorized sports betting, and National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, 134 S. Ct. 2550 (2014), clarifying the scope of the President’s recess-appointments power.
Before joining Robbins Russell, Bill clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Wesley on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He received his law degree from Boston College Law School, where he was ranked second in his graduating class.
Last updated: July 2019