William J. Halkias Associate




William Halkias concentrates his litigation practice in the areas of commercial litigation, premises liability, labor law and construction matters, with experience handling a wide range of general liability matters. He represents property and business owners, general and subcontractors, safety consultants, and security and management contractors. Bill participates in all stages of litigation from inception to final resolution, and his attention to detail regularly serves to mitigate the financial impact of claims in the defense of his clients.

Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Bill worked at a boutique real estate firm where he assisted in handling cases involving commercial and residential contract disputes, evictions, tax incentives and abatements, and violations of rent regulation programs. He was the editor of the 2016−2017 New York Practice Series – Landlord and Tenant Practice in New York, an annual publication that covers the substantive and procedural issues encountered in the ownership and management of commercial and residential real estate. In 2015, Bill served as a law clerk at the Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore, Maryland, where he assisted in the defense of a wide range of criminal matters, including drug offenses, prostitution, auto theft, violations of Fourth Amendment protections, and rioting after the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.

During law school, Bill researched and wrote extensively on the Federal Arbitration Act for his school’s Arbitration Law Review Journal. He also served as a student associate for the Penn State Law Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic, where he represented entrepreneurs, startups and nonprofit organizations, and advised clients on issues ranging from entity formation to debt and equity financing and tax elections.