William D. Stempel

W. D. Stempel LLC
Contact: (203) 772-0199
Law School: Yale Law School - Yale University
Jurisdictions: California
New York


About William D. Stempel
Bill Stempel's long career as a lawyer and mediator has centered on clarifying options, solving problems, and getting things done in a variety of large and small organizations and in many areas of law and business, including health care, life sciences, intellectual property licensing, and employment matters. He brings to mediation decades of experience helping clients who face difficult problems--in litigation, in business affairs or in personal matters--understand where they are, what risks they face, and what options are available to them, and guiding them to successful resolutions. He has negotiated hundreds of complex and high-stakes business agreements that depended on his communicating effectively, sometimes to people who don't want to hear. In advising on critical and stressful business decisions, he has had to help clients discern what their interests and priorities are. He knows what it is like to make difficult decisions about litigation and other disputes, because as general counsel of both large and small businesses he has done it himself.
Practice Areas
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Business Law
  • Employment Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Intellectual Property
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
Professional Experience
Principal, W. D. Stempel LLC
Private law and mediation practice focusing on health care, life sciences, intellectual property licensing, employment and business matters.
Principal, William D. Stempel Law and Mediation Offices
Private law and mediation practice focusing on health care, life sciences, intellectual property licensing, employment and business matters.
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Geron Corporation
Responsible for all legal affairs other than patent matters for the company (a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company), including: securities and compliance matters; intellectual property licensing; financing, strategic partnership, and commercial transactions; human resources; board and governance matters; insurance and risk management; real estate; and management of litigation.
General Counsel, UCSF Stanford Health Care
Responsible for all the legal affairs of the organization (consisting of four hospitals and the professional practices of 2,000 faculty physicians, with 10,000 employees and an annual budget of $1.5 billion), including: governance matters; billing, reimbursement, and other financial matters; managed care contracting; acquisitions, affiliations, and other transactions; hospital licensing and accreditation; labor and employment; compliance; facilities, real estate, and construction; medical staff matters; and government affairs.
Deputy General Counsel, Yale University
Responsibilities included substantial work in the following areas: Medical affairs--principal lawyer for Yale School of Medicine (include clinical practice of more than 500 faculty physicians) and Yale Health Plan (staff model HMO for Yale employees, students, and dependents); research administration and policy; intellectual property and technology transfer; facilities and environmental and occupational health and safety; human resources; insurance, risk management and litigation; student affairs; and business affairs. Assistant General Counsel 1981-82, Associate General Counsel 1982-87.
Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton
Worked on securities and commercial litigation (including an SEC investigation and private securities fraud litigation) and corporate transactions (including private placements of securities).
Yale Law School - Yale UniversityJ.D. (1978)
Yale UniversityB.A.History, the Arts and Letters
Honors: Summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; honors in History, the Arts and Letters
Professional Associations
Member; Chair, Health Care Section, Association for Conflict Resolution
President, Community Mediation, Inc.
Member, American Health Lawyers Association
Activities: Member of Dispute Resolver panel
Member, California State Bar
Member, Connecticut State Bar
Member, New York State Bar # 1601939
Co-Chair, Life Sciences Committee, SFBA Chapter, Association of Corporate Counsel


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New Haven, CT 06510
Telephone: (203) 772-0199