• 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 Pro Bono 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
  • Prevailed before the Ninth Circuit on behalf of Calavo Growers against an appeal of a district court order dismissing a putative federal securities class action. In affirming the judgment of dismissal, the Ninth Circuit held that the plaintiffs had failed to plead a strong inference of scienter relating to Calavo’s January 2015 restatement of its audited financial statements.
  • Defended Snap, Inc. and it’s co-founders Evan Spiegel and Robert Murphy in a lawsuit alleging right of publicity violations.
  • Defended the officers of MGM Resorts International in a federal class action alleging securities fraud in connection with the construction of the CityCenter project in Las Vegas.
  • Represented multiple clients on a pro bono basis in domestic violence restraining order hearings, which included the admission of evidence and the taking of testimony.
  • 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 & Court Admissions

  • 2013, California
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals