William Kane

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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West Madison Street 70
Chicago 60602 IL US

William K. Kane is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group in the firm’s Chicago office. Mr. Kane’s practice focus is complex commercial litigation and advice regarding business disputes, corporate governance, and media/entertainment issues. He has significant experience representing clients in need of emergency injunctive relief for trade secret theft and unfair business competition.

Mr. Kane’s commercial litigation experience is as noteworthy as it is varied. In every case he looks to apply a creative approach to bring advantage to the client. Mr. Kane has represented clients at trial and on appeal in state and federal court and before administrative tribunals.

His broad experience includes representation of officers and directors in both private and public companies, shareholder disputes, complex real estate and construction disputes, merger and acquisition deals, and disputes regarding copyrights in entertainment properties. He has litigated constitutional and statutory law issues in both private and public law cases.

Mr. Kane served in the Illinois Attorney General’s office for five years, litigating cases on behalf of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state government before U.S. district courts, state courts and administrative agencies.


  • J.D., John Marshall Law School, 1986
  • B.S., Miami University, 1982


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois


  • American Bar Association: Antitrust, International Law, Litigation
  • Illinois Bar Association: Litigation, Corporate & Securities
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Advisory Board Member, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Center for the Study of Democracy


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