William B. Larson

William B. Larson Associate

P 302 504 6804 F 302 657 2104
1007 North Orange Street, Suite 711
Wilmington, DE 19801
1007 North Orange Street, Suite 711, Wilmington, DE 19801
Overview

Bill Larson is a native Delawarean with deep ties throughout the state and a well-rounded litigator and trial attorney with extensive experience in national asbestos litigation and Delaware corporate and commercial litigation as well as local government matters.

Bar Admissions
  • Delaware
  • U.S. District Court - District of Delaware
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 3rd Circuit
Education
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 2011
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2008

Before practicing law, Bill spent seven years in Lexington, Virginia, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Politics and a Juris Doctor degree, both from Washington & Lee University. While at Washington & Lee School of Law, he served as a writer on the Washington & Lee Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment; was a member of the Moot Court Board; and was Vice President of the Student Body. He also represented indigent defendants in the school’s Criminal Justice Clinic.

After law school, Bill returned to Delaware where he began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge John A. Parkins, Jr. of the Delaware Superior Court. As a law clerk, Bill assisted Judge Parkins on a variety of civil and criminal matters including managing the Delaware asbestos docket. Bill then joined MG+M where he spent over four years focusing on products and premises liability litigation, toxic tort litigation, litigation of local government matters, and general litigation. He then followed a civic calling to serve the City of Wilmington as Senior Assistant City Solicitor and Special Deputy Attorney General. His duties for the City included litigating cases, managing personal injury litigation, prosecuting criminal matters, drafting legislation, negotiating settlements and property transactions, and advising Mayor Mike Purzycki and City department heads. He also served as Chairman of the City’s Zoning Board of Adjustment, a quasi-judicial body that issues rulings on land use matters. Following a rewarding two-year tour of duty for the City, Bill returned to MG+M, where he serves as a key litigator in all of the firm’s Delaware litigation as well as the firm’s national asbestos litigation. He continues to serve as the City of Wilmington’s Ethic Commission Counsel.

Bill is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Delaware. He is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association and serves as Past Chair of the Association’s Litigation Section.

Bill lives in Wilmington with his wife Stephanie and their daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis and golf, and remaining active in the local community.

Experience
  • Represented municipality in politically sensitive negotiations of public-private partnership to renovate prominent athletic facilities on municipal property. Successfully negotiated an agreement that was approved overwhelmingly by City Council and subsequently implemented resulting in a first class facility.
  • Served as legal advisor for the City of Wilmington Ethics Commission’s first successful prosecution of an ethics violation.
  • Won a defense verdict for a joint compound manufacturer in a mesothelioma case with no alternative exposures to asbestos products by convincing the court to exclude plaintiffs’ general negligence and design defect claims, leaving only a failure to warn claim (against a defendant that had provided adequate warnings).
  • Won a defense verdict in a mesothelioma case in the first federal asbestos trial in Delaware in recent memory.
  • Prevailed on a summary judgment motion in a low shares mesothelioma case by convincing a Delaware Court that the product identification was insufficient even though the Plaintiff worked in Defendant’s industry for decades.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment in an asbestos lung cancer case by arguing the Court should compare the alleged work with a defendant’s products to a lifetime of smoking.
  • Won a motion to dismiss based on Delaware’s County and Municipal Torts Act.
  • Prevailed in a ruling upholding the constitutionality of City of Wilmington’s Vacant Property Registration Fee.
Recognition

Recognition

  • Delaware Today Top Lawyer for Government Affairs 2019, 2020
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Calhoun-Bond Award
  • Omnicron Delta Kappa
  • Pi Sigma Alpha

Involvement

  • City of Wilmington Rock Manor Golf Corporation, Legal Counsel
  • Delaware State Bar Association Litigation Section, Past Chair
  • Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court, Member
  • St. Thomas More Society, Executive Committee
  • United States Tennis Association Delaware District Council, Chair
  • Washington and Lee University, Young Alumni Law Alumni Council Member; Past President Delaware Alumni Association
  • Archmere Academy, Board of Trustees Member

Journals:

  • Washington and Lee Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment
News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator and Panelist, Delaware State Bar Association, “Overview of State Law Ethics Requirements for Government Employees,” Wilmington, Delaware, April 22, 2021
  • Speaker, Perrin Conferences' Mid-Atlantic Asbestos Conference, "Ethical Considerations in Deposition Practice," Wilmington, Delaware, May 3, 2016
  • Moderator, Washington and Lee University School of Law, “Tips for Young Litigators: Advice from the Experts,” Lexington, Virginia, Dec. 2, 2011

Publications