William C. Wilka

Bill Wilka heads the firm’s commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice. He has tried jury and non-jury cases and successfully handled numerous appeals in both state and federal courts. A significant part of Bill’s practice focuses on counseling individuals and entities on resolving actual or potential disputes rather than engaging in litigation.
415-982-1400 | bwilka@ddrs.com

Bill is particularly skilled in negotiation with wide experience in alternative dispute resolution, and has represented numerous clients in mediation and arbitration.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Representing businesses and individuals in trade secret and unfair competition matters, including disputes arising out of non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements
  • Representing companies and individuals (with an emphasis on the employment or termination of executives of technology companies) in employment matters, including negotiation of employment agreements, severance agreements and representation in the event of litigation
  • Disputes that arise out of the formation or dissolution of corporate, partnership and limited liability entities as well as the purchase and sale of businesses and stock transfers
  • Representing businesses and individuals in contract disputes, including distributorship, franchise termination, licensing issues and recovering amounts owed by other businesses and individuals
  • Obtaining – and where necessary defending against – injunctions and restraining orders arising out of unfair business practices, statutory violations and the transfer of confidential business information
  • Representing property owners and developers in claims arising out of the use, purchase, sale or exchange of real property
  • Protecting clients’ interests in intellectual property rights in copyright, trademark and trade dress disputes

Publications & Presentations:

  • Author of “How to Avoid Liability and Protect Trade Secrets When Hiring and Losing Employees”, California Business Law Practitioner, Vol. 24, No. 1, Winter 2009 (CEB)
  • Presented program on “Employee Mobility in a High-Technology World”, Information Technology Law Institute 2008 (Practicing Law Institute)

Affiliations and Memberships:

  • State Bar of California
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • American Bar Association
  • Northern California “Super Lawyer” 2006-2014

Education and Certifications:

  • Luce Scholar, visiting lecturer, University of Singapore, 1977-1978
  • J.D. - Georgetown University, 1975
  • B.A. - University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude, 1972