William Weltman

About the Speaker

As a litigator, Will seeks to use his life experiences to gain the best outcomes for his clients. His training began well before law school, where he watched his father, a seasoned trial attorney, take great joy in litigating his clients’ matters to favorable results. After joining Reed Smith, Will was trained by a diverse group of attorneys who taught him the value of not only providing clients with a desirable end result, but the importance of saving his clients time and money throughout the litigation process.

Will’s practice focuses on international arbitration and cross-border disputes on behalf of clients in a diverse group of industries. These international matters range from disputes involving, for example, distribution and supply agreements, hospitality agreements, and trade secrets.

Will has substantial experience in the hospitality industry. He gained his first experience in the hospitality industry several years ago through a four-and-a-half month client placement at one of the leading hotel brands, where he acted as an in-house litigator advising internal clients on a variety of commercial disputes and overseeing outside counsel in ongoing litigation and arbitration. This experience also resulted in the retention of Will and the firm to represent the client in a complex international arbitration dispute involving a Hotel Management Agreement.

Since this first international arbitration, Will has continued to represent clients in cross-border disputes and international litigation involving clients and parties from Asia and the European Union. Will also continues to work in the hospitality industry on a variety of domestic commercial disputes.

Because of his varied experiences and adaptability, Will has become a go-to attorney for several of the firm’s clients involved in trust and estate disputes. Will’s experiences also include evidentiary hearings and trials involving trade secrets, restrictive covenant issues, distribution-related issues, and product liability claims.

Will is a founding member of the organization Chicago Gives a Damn, where members gather quarterly to hear presentations from various local charitable organizations and contribute to those organizations.