Bill Helfand is a partner in the Houston and Salt Lake City offices of Lewis Brisbois and is a vice-chair of the Labor & Employment Practice.
Bill’s practice covers all types of litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution. Based on his demonstrated problem-solving approach, both private and public entity clients of all types reach out to Bill to handle their most difficult legal problems. Having been called upon to handle cases of all types, including labor and employment, commercial litigation, civil rights and numerous matters in over 175 jury trials and arbitrations, Bill has achieved remarkable success for many clients. Bill’s labor and employment law practice focuses on the defense of both public and private employers throughout Texas and the United States. Bill also has substantial experience handling a variety of appeals and cases and he is responsible for hundreds of reported appellate and supreme court decisions, many of which are significant decisions on important legal issues under both the state and federal law.
Bill is actively involved in advising clients on risk management and policy creation and implementation. He regularly provides training in labor, employment and civil rights and governmental liability training and training for employers and managers, governmental officials and employees in all areas of law. Bill is regularly asked to speak in legal continuing education and other forums, he is frequently interviewed by various media and he speaks frequently to peer and professional groups. Bill has served as an adjunct instructor for Sam Houston State University’s law enforcement and corrections management professional development programs and as visiting adjunct professor for University of Houston, Clear Lake on the topic of business law.
Lewis Brisbois offers legal practice in more than 40 specialties, and a multitude of sub-specialties. Our attorneys have broad knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to our clients’ unique needs. Through interaction among our practice groups, Lewis Brisbois provides a wide range of legal services to each client with a continuity of representation across multiple disciplines. We have built longstanding relationships with corporate and institutional clients based on our ability to provide comprehensive service on a national scale.
At Lewis Brisbois, diversity is an integral part of our firm culture and our daily life. When we opened our doors over 40 years ago, we knew that one of our top priorities was to hire the best attorneys, staff, administrators, assistants, and clerks in every city where we opened an office. This core principle of our firm’s culture has resulted in our unique and valued diversity. We are proud to have a highly diverse firm comprising more than 3,000 people across the nation. The success of this approach is reflected in the fact that Lewis Brisbois has repeatedly received national recognition for its commitment to embracing diversity. Lewis Brisbois is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse group of talented lawyers and staff, and demonstrates that commitment through non-discriminatory hiring, retention and promotion policies. The diversity of Lewis Brisbois’ client base is matched by the diversity of our attorneys and staff.
With offices from Los Angeles to New York and Seattle to Miami, our attorneys reflect the communities in which they live. Lewis Brisbois’ culture has fostered a diverse group of professionals committed to promoting the best interests of our clients, our communities and the legal profession. We support diversity in communities across the nation through new and ongoing relationships with minority and women-owned businesses.
Lewis Brisbois is known for its commitment to principled advocacy, an unflinching work ethic, and unyielding recognition of our duty to provide the highest level of service to our clients, who choose us because we take the time to understand their business interests and internal culture. We have developed sophisticated proprietary risk evaluation and litigation management processes that many of our clients have incorporated into their business practices, and we help them manage and defend claims and litigation. As a result, they are avoiding and reducing losses that impact their bottom line.
Our practice includes pre-suit counseling and problem solving based on a structured and accurate analysis of likely outcome. We know our clients’ objectives are often best served by a pre-suit resolution and we are often judged by the advice and counsel we provide toward that end. However, when trial is the answer and in the client’s best interest, Lewis Brisbois brings to bear the full force of our tenacious and sophisticated litigation prowess, utilizing our nationwide network of attorneys and support staff as well as our considerable technological resources to achieve the best possible results for our clients.