William F. McDevitt Partner




William McDevitt centers his practice on professional liability defense, primarily focusing on attorneys, physicians, medical service corporations, architects, engineers, insurance brokers and accountants. Bill’s professional liability cases arise from his clients’ provision of basic services to sophisticated and complex undertakings. Bill also has extensive litigation experience in invasion of privacy claims; libel and slander claims; employment disputes before administrative boards and state and federal courts; asbestos liability defense; construction litigation; and residential liability.

Bill is a regular presenter of lectures on avoidance of professional liability in conjunction with his work with the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Professional Liability Committee. He also actively participates on the PBA’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and Animal Law Committee. Bill helps to enhance the legal knowledge of the public and law students by participating as a “presiding judge” in Philadelphia's high school Mock Trial competitions and client counseling competitions, both through his alma mater, the Temple University School of Law.

Areas of Focus

Bill prides himself on delivering high-quality legal services to the most demanding clients – other lawyers. He defends attorneys in professional liability claims in Pennsylvania’s state and federal courts. Cases involve professional negligence, breach of contract, wrongful use of civil proceedings, abuse of process, libel, slander, invasion of privacy, RICO, bankruptcy, trusts and estates disputes, banking issues and regulatory suits, including claims brought under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, Fair Credit Extension Uniformity Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act.

Banking & Financial
Bill supports Wilson Elser’s broad spectrum of banking and financial services, primarily through representing attorneys, officers and directors, and corporate clients in commercial litigation arising from loan workout and restructuring, judgment enforcement, securities issuance, bankruptcy representation and creditors’ rights. The firm draws on a multidisciplinary team of attorneys to approach complex financial issues from many angles, including professional liability, commercial transactions, bankruptcy, real estate and commercial litigation, to provide the best results for clients.