William I. Edlund
University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1953
University of California, Berkeley, Graduate Economics, 1949-1950
Stanford University, B.A., 1949
London School of Economics, University of London (Ford Foundation Fellow), 1956-57
Mr. Edlund represents large public and private corporations and individuals in major antitrust, securities, Title VII and equal opportunity, defamation, malpractice and general complex litigation. He has been senior counsel in major contests for corporate control and first chair in the defense of antitrust and unfair competition litigation in the Federal and State Courts in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and other venues.
In addition to class and derivative litigation, Mr. Edlund has assisted Fortune 500 corporations in internal audits, sensitive payment reviews, antitrust compliance investigations and reviews for audit and similar committees of corporate boards. His experience includes the successful representation of major companies in commercial lawsuits, class litigation and various private ADR proceedings.
Mr. Edlund is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and served on various committees. He has served as a director of the Bar Association of San Francisco, President of The Barristers Club, delegate to the State Bar Convention, delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and has been a member of several California and San Francisco bar committees. He was appointed to the initial Northern District of California Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group and chaired the Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mr. Edlund was a trustee of The Supreme Court Historical Society, serves as a director of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California Historical Society, a director and officer of the Ninth Circuit Historical Society, and is a member of the American Bar Association as well as the California and San Francisco Bar Associations. He was a founder in 1993, and continues as a director, of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (President 2012-2014) and has been active in the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the San Francisco Bar. Mr. Edlund is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, State Courts of California, the Federal Courts in California and several other jurisdictions. He has served as a Member, Vice Chair, and Chair of the California Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and as a member and chair of the Review Committee of that Commission.
For many years, Mr. Edlund was principal outside counsel for the following public companies: Caterpillar Tractor Co. (antitrust and trade regulation matters world-wide, commercial matters in California, labor, equal opportunity and personal injury defense in Northern California); Reader’s Digest Association (antitrust matters, defamation and privacy matters in California and several other venues, sweepstakes matters, commercial matters in California and certain other venues, and major equal employment matters nationally); Natomas (securities and antitrust litigation, commercial matters in California, employee benefits and labor matters); American President Lines (antitrust, corporate and securities matters); Joseph E. Seagram (antitrust counsel and major litigation and advice, sensitive payments investigations and claims, all commercial and beverage licensing in California); Theo. Hamm Brewing Company (antitrust advice and all major litigation in California); C. Van Vorst and related companies (corporate and antitrust); Avis (commercial and antitrust litigation in California); and as first chair or with other co-counsel attorneys, represented major motion picture companies in antitrust and film rental litigation in California.
Mr. Edlund has lectured and participated in legal workshops and presentations for professional associations, educational institutions, community and charitable organizations locally and nationally.