William S. Stickman IV
Bill Stickman began his legal career as a litigation associate at the Pittsburgh offices Reed Smith LLP. There, he participated in the defense of multi-district toxic tort and product liability actions. Mr. Stickman next served as a judicial law clerk to Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. His duties with the Court included aiding the Chief Justice in writing judicial opinions and analyzing Petitions for Allowance of Appeal.
Since joining the Firm, Mr. Stickman has represented clients at both the trial and appellate levels of state and federal courts. Mr. Stickman has litigated actions, including class actions, under various financial industry and consumer protection statutes. He has also represented individual clients in a wide variety of claims at all stages of the litigation process, including multiple jury trials. Mr. Stickman has both personally litigated and consulted litigants in a variety of appellate matters, including briefing, petitions for discretionary review, and oral argument. He has litigated and argued several matters before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, both in its appellate jurisdiction and under its King’s Bench authority. Mr. Stickman has also guided business clients through a variety of transactional and regulatory issues, including the drafting of contractual terms, purchase and sale agreements, and governmental compliance issues.
In 2011, Mr. Stickman was nominated by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve a three year term on the Pennsylvania Civil Procedural Rules Committee, which works with the Supreme Court to draft, monitor and edit the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure. Mr. Stickman was also named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Mr. Stickman graduated from Duquesne University School of Law. There, he participated in trial and appellate moot court competitions as well as the Duquesne University Law Review and the Duquesne University Business Law Journal. His publications include An Exercise in Futility: Does the Inquiry Required to Apply the Ministerial Exception to Title VII Defeat its Purpose?, 43 Duq.L.Rev. 285 (2005), and Working Owners of Small Businesses May Participate in ERISA-qualified Employee Benefit Plans: Yates v. Hendon, 7 Duq.Bus.L.J. 151 (2005). Mr. Stickman is also the co-author of An Independent Judiciary: The Role of Chief Justice Cappy, 47 Duq.L.Rev. 547 (2009), and Litigation about Litigation, The dangerous world of the local courthouse-Wrongful use of civil proceedings, abuse of process, and recent court rule changes-2004. PBI; no. 2004-3519 Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
Mr. Stickman received a B.A. in Ancient Languages (Latin, Greek, Sanskrit) from Duquesne University where he was president of the Mortar Board Honor Society and valedictorian. He has subsequently served as an adjunct lecturer of the Classics. He serves on the Board of Directors for Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School.
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