William J. Stowe
William has extensive litigation experience in addition to substantial transactional, regulatory, and compliance experience.
William has represented clients in numerous complex commercial litigation matters. William has secured defense judgments in cases representing over $202 million in amounts in controversy collectively and defended or asserted government contract procurement matters involving contracts worth more than $100 million collectively. William has successfully argued at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in addition to trial courts across the country. William has litigated contract disputes, business torts, employment cases, product liability cases, finance cases, personal injury cases, oil and gas cases, construction and real estate cases, media cases, healthcare cases, and government procurement matters. William has handled all stages of litigation – from discovery through trial and appeal.
Commercial Transactions, Regulatory and Compliance
William has negotiated and drafted a variety of commercial contracts, ranging from contracts governed by the UCC to IT contracts, supplier/distributor contracts, Master Services Agreements, EPC contracts, real estate contracts, and finance contracts. William has also advised businesses on export compliance measures (e.g., ITAR, EAR), employment policies, and employment disputes. William has extensive knowledge of numerous regulations affecting businesses, ranging from energy regulations (e.g., FERC, P.U.C. rules) to healthcare regulations (e.g., CMS regulations, hospital-licensing regulations, HIPAA), to data-security regulations, to lending regulations (e.g., TILA, Regulation Z, FCRA). His extensive knowledge of state and federal regulations affecting businesses makes him a valuable asset to any client. In addition to his experience with commercial transactions and in advising on regulatory and compliance matters, William also advises on matters of corporate governance and business entity formation with a focus on avoiding litigation.
Healthcare and Insurance
William also has extensive experience in representing clients in matters involving healthcare providers, managed care companies, and commercial insurers relating to reimbursement, network contracts, and general insurance disputes. William has experience with the Texas Prompt Pay Act, HIPAA, and ERISA and has represented clients in disputes involving Medicare reimbursement, hospital licensing, and insurance. William also provides advice regarding state and federal regulations impacting healthcare providers and has extensive knowledge of federal and Texas anti-kickback statutes. William understands the issues facing insurers and healthcare providers, and seeks to provide efficient, business-oriented solutions, while ensuring compliance with all laws and regulations.
Government Contracts and Procurement
William has also successfully represented clients in a wide range of government contracting and procurement matters at every level – federal, state, and local. At the federal level, he has assisted clients in navigating the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), and a wide range of federal statutes and regulations impacting government contracting and procurement (e.g., Truthful Cost or Pricing Data Act, False Claims Act, etc.). Additionally, he has assisted clients with bid protests at the federal level and with SBA size classification matters.
At the state and local government level, William has assisted clients in navigating government contracting and procurement matters across the country and at all phases of a government contract – from bid solicitation to contract negotiation to contract performance issues. William has prosecuted or defended bid protest actions in nearly a dozen states, involving hundreds of millions of dollars collectively.
William provides advice and assistance at all stages of the government contracting and procurement process, including the initial bid-submission process, administrative proceedings, litigation of contract awards, post-award administrative matters, and contract performance issues. Additionally, William has experience with statutes providing for open government, including (among others) the federal Freedom of Information Act and the Texas Public Information Act. William has fought on both sides of the open records issue – seeking to acquire information under open records laws and seeking to keep sensitive client information from being acquired, mostly from competitors.
Awards, Bar, and Community
William was selected by Super Lawyers for its “Rising Star” list in Texas in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. This list recognizes only 2.5% or less of eligible attorneys in each state. William was also elected a Fellow of the prestigious Texas Bar Foundation, which restricts annual invitations to the top 1/3 of 1% of all Texas attorneys. While in law school, William served on the senior editorial board of Virginia Tax Review and interned in the office of the Honorable Lynn N. Hughes in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. William also interned for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina and clerked for Jackson Walker. While in college, William was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Lambda Sigma National Honor Society, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. He serves on the Houston Bar Association’s Law and Media Committee. William is a member of the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit and the Houston Bar Foundation. William has published numerous law review articles. He is an Eagle Scout.
B.S., summa cum laude, Texas A&M University
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas
- Commercial Transactions
- Regulatory & Compliance
- Business Litigation
- Successfully litigating claims in a variety of multimillion-dollar cases.
- Successfully negotiating and drafting a variety of commercial contracts.
- Advising businesses on numerous regulatory and compliance matters.
- Successfully representing clients in bid protest actions relating to government contracts. William has prosecuted or defended bid protest actions at the federal level and in nearly a dozen states, including Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas.
- Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2019-2023
- Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
- Houston Bar Association
- Houston Bar Foundation
March 23, 2023Attorney News
Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2023 Texas Rising Stars
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the selection of 63 attorneys to Thomson Reuters’ 2023 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list, which recognizes only 5% of Texas attorneys who either are 40 years of age or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less.
September 27, 2022Client Results
Jackson Walker Represents Novaria Group in Completing Six Acquisitions in Seven Months
Novaria Group, a leading manufacturer of specialty hardware, components, and coatings for the aerospace and defense industries, recently completed its acquisition of STROCO Manufacturing, Inc. This deal marks the sixth acquisition Novaria has announced from December of 2021 through July of 2022, taking place after its successful acquisitions of FMi Chemical, Hohman Plating, Advanced Coating, Hydro Fitting, and GK Mechanical Systems.
March 22, 2022Attorney News
Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2022 Texas Rising Stars
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the selection of 51 attorneys to Thomson Reuters’ 2022 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list, which recognizes only 2.5% of Texas attorneys who either are 40 years of age or younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less.
July 21, 2021Mentions
Tenaska Wants $15.8M Suit Over Winter Storm Charges Nixed | Law360 (Subscription Required)
Tenaska Power Services wants a Texas federal court to toss a chemical manufacturing company’s suit challenging $15.8 million in costs from February’s historic winter storm, arguing it rightfully passed along charges imposed by Texas’ grid operator to the company. Olin is represented by Joseph A. Fischer III, Meghan Elaine Griffiths and William J. Stowe of Jackson Walker LLP.
June 11, 2021Mentions
ERCOT Granted MDL For Texas Winter Storm Suits | Law360 (Subscription Required)
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. and other defendants facing lawsuits over loss of power and water services during February’s deadly winter storm can consolidate 157 related cases in a multidistrict litigation pretrial court, a state panel has ruled. The Texas Supreme Court’s Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation granted a request on Thursday to address the cases together after the defendants asked that they be grouped given the similar circumstances of the lawsuits that sprung up after Winter Storm Uri caused outages across the state.
May 3, 2021Mentions
Power Co. Hit With $15.8M Suit Over Texas Winter Storm Bill | Law360 (Subscription Required)
Chemical manufacturing company Olin Corp. said in Texas federal court that it wants $15.8 million from Tenaska Power Services, which it says conflated terms of two contracts and wrongly tried to pass on costs it incurred from Texas’ grid operator during February’s historic winter storm.
April 20, 2021Mentions
Electric Cos. Join ERCOT In Request For Winter Storm MDL | Law360 (Subscription Required)
Texas electricity companies facing lawsuits related to the deadly and destructive February winter storm have joined the state’s primary grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc., in requesting multidistrict litigation in what is now a total of 90 cases.
March 23, 2021Attorney News
Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2021 Texas Rising Stars
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the selection of 36 attorneys to Thomson Reuters’ 2021 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” list. Spanning five offices and eight major practice areas, these up-and-coming attorneys have been nominated by peers within and outside the Firm.
October 16, 2020Podcasts
Common Issues in Government Procurement and Contracting
When it comes to government contracts and procurement issues, even the savviest of businesses can need help navigating the applicable laws and the often-complicated regulations. John Edwards and William Stowe discuss the common issues they see when businesses seek to procure government contracts.
March 10, 2020Attorney News
Jackson Walker Congratulates 30 Attorneys Listed Among 2020 “Super Lawyers – Rising Stars” List
Spanning five offices, six major practice areas, and experience ranging from six to 15 years, these 30 up-and-coming attorneys were selected based on peer recognition and professional achievement.