• University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2012) magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; associate and contributing editor, Michigan Law Review
  • University of Michigan (B.A., Latin Language and Literature, 2009) with High Distinction


  • Hon. Robert Holmes Bell, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

William Briggs is a litigation associate in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, where he is a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee. Mr. Briggs’ practice focuses on a variety of areas, including complex business litigation, securities litigation, and entertainment litigation. Prior to joining Irell, Mr. Briggs served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert Holmes Bell of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. 

Mr. Briggs earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was elected Order of the Coif and served as an associate and contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review. Mr. Briggs earned his B.A., with High Distinction, in Latin Language and Literature also from the University of Michigan. 

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Representative Matters

  • Obtained trial verdict in favor of Public Storage following a two-week trial in a complex merger litigation arising from its acquisition by way of mergers of several limited partnerships in which it served as the general partner. (See "Public Storage Defeats Shareholder Class Action" in the Los Angeles Business Journal and "Irell Locks Up Win for Public Storage" on
  • Defense of officers and directors of an international gaming and hospitality corporation in a shareholder class action lawsuit alleging violations of securities laws.
  • Obtained dismissal for lack of jurisdiction on behalf of Sonifi Solutions, Inc. in a preliminary injunction proceeding brought by Sonifi’s creditors in bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of a federal shareholder derivative action against the senior management of MGM Resorts International.
  • On a pro bono basis, presented live testimony in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained default judgment quieting title to the home of a husband and wife who had been the victims of real estate fraud.
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  • “Patent Owners Face Increased Fraud Liability Risk,” Corporate Counsel (March 20, 2017)
  • Freeing Archival Research from the Accidental and Overbearing IRB Regulation that Costs Human Lives, 14 J. High Tech. L. (2014).
  • Open-Records Requests for Professors’ Email Exchanges: A Threat to Constitutional Academic Freedom? 39 J. Coll. & Univ. L. 601 (2013).
  • Deconstructing “Just and Proper”: Arguments in Favor of Adopting the “Remedial Purpose” Approach to Section 10(j) Labor Injunctions, 110 Mich. L. Rev.127 (2011).
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Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • The George Washington University Law School conference on “The Tension Between Academic Freedom & State Open Records Laws: Is There a Need for Re-Examination?” (2014, Washington D.C.) – Panelist, “Possible Solutions”
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Professional Activities

  • Leadership Council for the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
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Bar Admissions

  • 2013, California