William L. Gates

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Phone: 408.288.8100

“Real Estate Law” – Legal advice regarding commercial and residential properties including: construction and development projects, entitlements, contracts, leases, sales and all other matters pertaining to real estate and real estate law.

“Business Law” – Advice and counsel pertaining to business transactions including formation of business entities, advice regarding operations, contracts, personnel and all other matters dealing with business and business law.

Bill began his 40 year career as a business and real estate law attorney by, in his words, “working as a groupie in a political campaign.”

This led to a position as Chief of Staff and Counsel to California State Senator Alfred E. Alquist, which became the catalyst to Bill’s unique specialization: Strategic Counseling for Employers and Government Administration. He acts as legal counsel to communication, travel, entertainment, developer/builder and charitable organizations, corporations listed on the New York Stock Exchange, real estate owners, and regional and statewide businesses and individuals.

“A lot of the advocacy that takes place does so before we even get to a courtroom,” Bill says of his skill and expertise in operating within a community versus a courtroom.

Bill’s office shows like a tour through a museum with pictures of him with Presidents and other top-level government officials lining the walls, providing a look into the history of his political advocacy. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at San Jose State University and a Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Added to the list is Bill’s real estate license, memberships with the National Association of Realtors and the Santa Clara Valley Realtors Association, all of which enable him to contribute to real estate law and landlord tenant cases being worked by other GED partners. Yes, there are very few lawyers that have Bill’s exceptional level of expertise. But it is the team within GED that Bill is most proud of.

“I would describe the people in the firm as very forceful and intelligent. They are vigilant advocates for their client’s position.”

To reach Bill Gates call our office at 408.288.8100 or email Bill directly at wlg@gedlaw.com.