William Kimball
University of Virginia School of Law (JD 1988)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA 1983)
Bar Admissions
New York

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A former federal prosecutor and a former SEC enforcement attorney, Bill Kimball is a veteran white collar litigator who specializes in defending clients facing criminal, civil, or regulatory investigations by the federal government. He has more than 25 years of experience representing individuals and companies in investigations and litigation by the SEC, the DOJ, and other federal and state regulators. He has earned a reputation over the years for achieving exceptional results for his clients.

In 2011, Mr. Kimball founded his own law practice and quickly became one of the leading solo practitioners in the Bay Area specializing in representing individuals at Silicon Valley companies involved in government or corporate investigations. Before starting his own law practice, Mr. Kimball was a litigation partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, a prominent national law firm, where he specialized in representing public companies and their officers and directors in complex, parallel SEC and DOJ investigations and litigation involving financial reporting, accounting fraud, insider trading, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, investment adviser and broker/dealer fraud, and violations of other state and federal laws.

Mr. Kimball joined Morgan Lewis after nearly 12 years of government service with the SEC and the DOJ, where he investigated or prosecuted some of the most complex, challenging, and high profile matters of the day. He served as an Assistant United States Attorney in San Francisco for five years, where he prosecuted criminal securities fraud. He was chosen to be one of the first federal prosecutors on the Justice Department's Enron Task Force.

Prior to joining the DOJ, Mr. Kimball served for seven years with the SEC, where he was a branch chief and senior counsel in the Commission’s San Francisco and Washington offices. While with the SEC, Mr. Kimball spearheaded several groundbreaking investigations of technology and other Silicon Valley companies, including McKessonHBOC, California Micro Devices, and Kendall Square Research. He also successfully tried one of the first insider trading cases brought by the SEC in Northern California.

Mr. Kimball began his legal career as a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell, after serving as a law clerk to the late Judge James H. Michael, Jr. of the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Mr. Kimball received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead Scholar. He is admitted to practice in California and New York.

Before attending law school, Mr. Kimball taught English and coached at a boys boarding school in Virginia.

  • Defense of former General Counsel of leading, public securities firm in broad SEC investigation involving financial reporting fraud, resulting in no action by the SEC staff.
  • Defense of CEO and of General Counsel of leading Silicon Valley software company in internal investigation involving financial reporting fraud
  • Defense of hedge fund manager in parallel DOJ and SEC insider trading investigations, resulting in no action
  • Pool counsel for employees in internal and SEC investigations of leading Silicon Valley technology company involving financial reporting fraud
  • Counsel to former CEO’s spouse in SEC executive compensation investigation, resulting in no action
  • Defense of employee of UK-based investment adviser, resulting in no action
  • Recent DOJ matters include: representation of individuals in DOJ investigations involving insider trading, mortgage fraud, antitrust violations, offering fraud, ERISA fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering
  • Recent FINRA matters include: representation of individuals in insider trading investigations; representation of accountant in offering fraud investigation
  • Defense of Fortune 500 manufacturing company and current and former CEOs, Chairmen, officers, and directors in wide-ranging SEC insider trading and Regulation FD investigation involving hedge fund, resulting in no action
  • Counsel for Fortune 100 automobile manufacturer in internal investigation concerning tax reporting issues, resulting in no action
  • Defense of leading nutritional supplement manufacturer in parallel DOJ and SEC investigations of alleged FCPA violations in more than 20 foreign jurisdictions
  • Counsel for chairman and CEO of Silicon Valley financial services company in SEC and DOJ bank fraud investigation;
  • Counsel for Fortune 500 and smaller issuers, audit committees, board members, chief executive officers, and other executives in connection with more than a dozen parallel DOJ and SEC options timing investigations.