About William Restis

William RestisFor over a decade, I have been solving complex, multi-district, and multi-party problems. I recovered over two hundred million dollars in value for clients and helped change the law to protect them.

Litigation Success

Two of my recent settlements involved a multi-billion dollar private equity portfolio and one of the world’s largest auto makers. The first was a class action against a national massage chain to recover forfeited pre-paid massages. While the defendant resisted a meaningful settlement, I won every motion and established defendant’s complete liability to the class on plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment. With only a calculation of damages left for trial, I leveraged our victory into a nationwide settlement. Where most class action settlements recover pennies on the dollar, our settlement allowed class members to recover 75% of what was lost.

In another nationwide class action I brought against a major auto manufacturer, the defendant was selling demo cars as new. The warranty on the demo vehicles began to run the day they arrived at the dealership, instead of when the vehicles were delivered to consumers. This caused consumers to lose valuable warranty coverage. Under our settlement, the auto manufacturer provided 54 months of warranty coverage, instead of the customary 48 months, and provided a 100% reimbursement for all class members that had to pay for repairs.

I am also on the Lead Counsel team in the bellwether ICO securities class action In re Tezos Securities Litigation. The case will likely be the first in the U.S. to determine whether an initial coin offering is an offering of securities that must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. And as defense counsel, I recently got a complex class action dismissed a mere 73 days after being retained.

Because I am routinely involved in “bet the company” litigation, I face (teams of) the best attorneys in America. This forces me to compete at the highest levels and hone my craft. My competence in the most complex litigation makes victory in ordinary disputes easier. Your opponents play checkers while we play chess.

Solutions for Business

My litigation acumen provides unique insights for business clients. The contracts they sign, and the deals they make only become an issue when problems arise. My ultimate goal is to anticipate those problems and avoid them, all while providing strategic guidance to help clients grow their business.

I’m a business owner myself, a startup angel investor, and had the pleasure of serving as general counsel for two technology start-ups. So my clients can rely on me to navigate issues such as securities, fundraising, and regulatory compliance.


Some Background

After considerable professional success, in 2016 I decided to take a sabbatical from my practice. I took time to recharge and reconnect with friends and family. I had considerable time to reflect on the practice of law, which is largely stuck in the past, makes attorneys miserable, and routinely puts the interests of counsel at odds with clients.

After some time for reflection and brainstorming, what emerged was The Restis Law Firm. I wanted to make my practice more efficient, more enjoyable, and ultimately more effective for my clients. Instead of gorging on an ever increasing caseload, I am highly selective of each case to ensure every client receives the best representation money can buy.

Before my life as an attorney, I graduated with honors from James Madison College at Michigan State. I received a dual degree in political economy and international relations. Having studied French, Russian and Mandarin in school, I transitioned to the Russian Affairs Office of the U.S. State Department. After realizing that politics and bureaucracy were not for me, I then moved to Beijing, China. While in China I taught economics at a technical university, consulted for China’s CCTV International, and published articles on international finance in China’s largest English language newspaper.

After leaving China, I moved to Southern California to attend the University of San Diego School of Law. I graduated with honors, and along the way founded USD’s Vis Moot International Commercial Arbitration team. The team sends students to prestigious competitions in Vienna and Hong Kong, winning multiple awards in the process.


I am licensed and admitted in all state and federal courts in California, but regularly practice throughout the United States through an experienced network of local counsel.

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