William Farran

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Philadelphia Business Lawyer


Bill is a Partner in our Outside General Counsel™ department. He brings to the firm a wealth of knowledge and experience in corporate compliance and risk management, helping clients achieve business objectives within domestic and international legal frameworks. Mr. Farran has served as chief legal officer and senior counsel for global corporations for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience with transactional practice, including mergers and acquisitions, developing and implementing corporate governance structures and policies, preventive antitrust and anti-corruption practices and financial and securities reporting and disclosure systems. Moreover, Bill has successfully developed and executed winning strategies for multi-million dollar corporate disputes and achieved favorable high-stakes settlements for clients through international commercial arbitration.

In 2012, Bill Farran was named NJ General Counsel of the Year (public companies with up to $1 billion revenue) by NJBIZ. He served as a judge for General Counsel of the Year from 2013 through 2015, and was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Professional Activities/ Memberships

American Bar Association

  • Committee on Civil Rights and Social Justice
  • Education Subcommittee

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Philadelphia Bar Association

Business Leadership Forum, Union League of Philadelphia

Philabundance Advocacy Advisory Committee



United States Supreme Court


Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D.; Law Review; Order of the Coif; 1976

University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, B.S. Economics, cum laude, 1972

Recent Speaking Engagements

Legal Privilege Webinar; Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)