William A. Slaughter


Tel 215.864.8114
Fax 215.864.9788

William A. Slaughter is the General Counsel of Ballard Spahr and a member of the Executive Team of the firm's Management Committee. He was formerly the Chair of the Litigation Department.

In addition to serving as General Counsel, Bill manages an insolvency practice involving financially troubled companies in telecommunications, real estate development and syndication, health care, insurance, and manufacturing, and companies burdened with the defense of mass tort litigation. He represents banks and other financial institutions, bondholders and bond indenture trustees, creditors' committees, shareholder groups, acquirers of troubled companies or their assets, and corporate debtors engaged in a wide variety of business and investment activities.

Bill also maintains a commercial litigation practice, concentrating on the defense of public companies in securities litigation, the defense of banks and other financial institutions in lender liability cases, professional malpractice litigation, insurance coverage litigation, and ERISA litigation. Representative engagements include the representation of: the NASDAQ stock exchange in litigation arising out of the Facebook IPO; Comcast Corporation in its acquisition of the cable television assets of the bankrupt Adelphia Communications Corp.; PNC Bank in the successful defense of a class action challenging the Bank’s cash balance pension plan under the age discrimination provisions of ERISA; and Rite Aid Corporation in shareholder litigation and government investigations arising out of a major accounting restatement.

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, bankruptcy litigation, 2013-2021

Board Memberships

Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation

National Constitution Center

The Wistar Institute

Yale Law School (J.D. 1979)

Yale University (B.A., cum laude, 1975)