Bill Escobar is one of Kelley Drye’s leading trial lawyers. Bill defends, prosecutes and resolves serious business disputes for both domestic and international business clients. Bill has served as lead trial counsel in litigations valued into the billions of dollars for many of Kelley Drye’s most prominent clients. Bill has extensive experience in the litigation, arbitration and mediation of complex disputes pertaining to false claims, fraud, antitrust, RICO, lender liability, intellectual property, technology and complex contractual matters, as well as significant employment-related claims. He has successfully tried cases in federal and state courts across the country.
Clients trust Bill to resolve their most challenging and high-stakes disputes with government entities, competitors and transactional counterparties for three principal reasons. First, they know that Bill is an experienced trial lawyer who will develop a strategy to win the case before a jury, a judge or an arbitration panel. Bill is appreciated for his ability to prepare for trial with a credible and compelling story even if the matter is going to settle favorably. Second, clients value that while pursuing an aggressive strategy, Bill will foster good working relationships and credibility with the opposing party and the trier of fact that facilitate a business resolution. Finally, Bill effectively and efficiently guides client decision-makers and witnesses through the grind of litigation while minimizing the cost and anxiety that litigation generates.
Bill prepares to go to trial and win. Because he is a respected trial lawyer, many of Bill’s cases are favorably resolved before litigation snowballs into acrimony and undue expense. Bill is truly skilled in analyzing and designing a strategy that supports his clients’ commercial objectives, whether that includes behind-the-scenes and swift resolution of the dispute, or taking the matter to conclusion. A dedicated team player who is valued for his straight-talk approach to communication, Bill understands how to work productively with co-counsel, client personnel, adversaries and outside consultants. Bill is committed to realizing the right outcome while working diligently with each client and their constituents to balance costs and results.
Alternative dispute resolution is vital given the exposure and expense of commercial litigation today. Bill has successfully led presentations on behalf of clients at arbitrations and mediations. Bill’s success with alternative dispute resolution is due to his insightful planning, focused execution and creative insight into the assessment of the dispute. Bill has served as an arbitrator in an ICC arbitration and as a mediator in numerous federal court mediations through the mediation program of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Bill is fluent in Spanish. Bill has considerable expertise guiding foreign clients through the thickets of U.S. litigation. Because the system of litigation in the U.S. is alien and frightening to foreign business and legal professionals, foreign clients rely on Bill to help them understand their options, as well as navigate them through even the most complicated proceedings.
Bill is also innovative in managing the cost of litigation for clients. He served as chair of the firm’s national Litigation practice group from 2006–2013. In that role, Bill developed and instituted a Kelley Drye program to price litigation in a manner that gives clients a variety of fee options based on reliable budgets.
Mediator, U.S. District Court Southern District of New York