William J. Seitz, III

William J. Seitz, III

Partner Of Counsel

Biography

As both a respected state senator and an accomplished litigator, Bill brings unique experience and perspective to clients. He has more than 30 years of experience handling a wide range of matters, ranging from antitrust proceedings to franchise and distribution law. As a long-time leader in supporting criminal and civil justice reform, he is able to draw upon his knowledge to help clients navigate through complex regulations and resolve disputes efficiently.

He has practiced antitrust law for nearly 40 years and was recognized in 2014 by Best Lawyers in America as Southwest Ohio's Antitrust Lawyer of the Year. Bill served on the Board of Governors of the Antitrust Section of the Ohio State Bar Association and has litigated antitrust cases in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Florida. While serving in the State General Assembly, he successfully amended Ohio's antitrust statutes and has represented numerous nationally and internationally known corporations in counseling or litigating antitrust matters.

Bill’s leadership abilities and knowledge of the justice system have also enabled him to become a valued leader in the State of Ohio. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives for seven years, where he became Majority Whip, before joining the Ohio Senate in 2007. As a Senator, Bill was the Chairman of the Senate Public Utilities Committee. He is vice-chairman of the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, and he has helped lead efforts to reform sentencing laws, reduce prison overcrowding, eliminate barriers to employment for non-violent offenders and enhance penalties for violent offenders. He also was an integral figure in helping usher in Ohio’s sweeping tort reform, which helped transform the state’s business landscape. His work led to him receiving the prestigious U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform State Legislative Achievement Award in 2013. Bill also serves on the Criminal Justice, Energy and Natural Resources, State and Local Government and Civil Justice committees, as well as the Finance Subcommittee on Corrections.

Education

  • University of Cincinnati College of Law  (J.D., 1978)
  • University of Cincinnati  (B.A., 1975)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Affiliations/Memberships

  • Majority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives
  • American Legislative Exchange Council, Board of Directors
  • University of Cincinnati Law School, Board of Advisors
  • Hamilton County Transportation Improvement District
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Past Member of Antitrust Section Board of Governors
  • Western Hills Country Club
  • Hamilton County Republican Party Executive Committee
  • Fraternal Order of Police Associates
  • Westwood Civic Association, past president
  • Western Economic Council, past president
  • Cincinnati Recreation Commission, former Commissioner
  • Invest in Neighborhoods, former Trustee

Distinctions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2013 U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform State Legislative Achievement Award
  • Cincy Magazine – The Power 100, 2012-2014