Bill is “of counsel” with Schauermann Thayer now. He previously advised and represented clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims and litigation from 1980 to 2021.
In addition to other areas of practice early on in his career, Bill handled wrongful death cases, construction site injury claims, automobile collision claims, dog bite cases, and a myriad of other types of injury claims. While most claims were settled through negotiation or mediation, Bill litigated, arbitrated and/or tried to verdict many cases for his clients. In his current capacity, he continues to be appointed by other lawyers to serve as an arbitrator of tort claims.
Bill was admitted to the practice of law in 1980. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1977 from Southern Oregon College (magna cum laude) and later a Juris Doctorate degree in 1980 from the University of Oregon.
Bill served at one time on the Bench-Bar Committees for both Superior and District Courts in Clark County. He was frequently asked to be a speaker at various legal education seminars.
Bill was initially hired as an associate in a Hazel Dell law firm, he commenced his own solo practice in 1983 and was joined by Craig Schauermann in 1986 to form Schauermann Thayer. Although Bill’s nearly four decades of practice were for the most part anchored in Clark County, he also handled cases in Cowlitz, Skamania, Pacific, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Klickitat, Multnomah, Deschutes and Marion counties as well.
Bill is licensed to practice before all district, superior and state appellate courts in the State of Washington and has also been licensed to practice in Oregon courts since 2006. He is admitted to practice in the Western District Federal Court of the State of Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.