William (“Bill”) Fowler brings to mediation a career in law and business in Austin, Washington, DC, New York City, and Europe during which he acquired a deep understanding of commercial and financial transactions, representing corporate and banking clients and acting as principal. In addition, Bill has significant government and regulatory experience, having held appointive positions in Washington and Austin. Bill is also an ordained Episcopal priest who has led a number of churches and their schools during times of transition, sometimes following protracted conflict.
Bill applies a unique combination of negotiating skills and insights developed in his legal, business, and government career, and in his work leading churches. He has a track record of solving problems under challenging circumstances with entrepreneurs, investors, lenders, stakeholders, corporate executives and public officials, as well as with families and private individuals who are in conflict. Bill has a passion for finding common ground in virtually every type of civil dispute across a broad spectrum of legal practice.
Bill’s government and public policy experience includes service as Counsel to the Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission during the Reagan Administration, and Chair of the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation, the policy-making body of Texas’ omnibus regulatory agency which oversees a broad range of occupations, businesses, facilities and equipment. Bill was appointed by Gov. George W. Bush during his first year in office and elected chair by fellow commissioners. He was re-appointed by Gov. Perry.
Bill is part of an extended Austin family. He grew up on a ranch in Llano County that he still calls home. Bill holds his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Masters of Divinity degree from the University of the South (“Sewanee”).
ADR PRACTICE AREAS
All civil disputes, commercial, business, tort, contract, employment, personal injury, technology, insurance, intellectual property, entertainment, defamation, construction/real estate, environmental, probate, products liability, government and civil rights, international commercial and regulatory matters, telecommunications, oil and gas, anti-trust, lender liability, banking, bankruptcy, landlord-tenant, public and private organization disputes, including religious and non-profit organizations.