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.

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.

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 Chair of the Association’s Litigation Section.

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

Experience
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Won a motion to dismiss based on Delaware’s County and Municipal Torts Act.
  • Prevailed in a ruling upholding the City of Wilmington’s Vacant Property Registration Fee.
Recognition

Recognition

  • 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, Chair
  • Richard S. Rodney Inn of Court, Member
  • St. Thomas More Society, Executive Committee
  • United States Tennis Association Delaware District Council, Vice Chair
  • Washington and Lee University, President Delaware Alumni Association, Class Representative
  • Archmere Academy, Class Representative

Journals:

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

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Perrin Conferences' Mid-Atlantic Asbestos Conference, "Ethical Considerations in Deposition Practice," Wilmington, DE, May 3, 2016
  • Tips for Young Litigators: Advice from the Experts—Moderator, Washington and Lee University School of Law, Dec. 2, 2011

Publications