William D. Friend, Partner (Retired)Over four decades of practice experience
Bill distinguished FH2 with decades of experience in technology, contracts, intellectual property and the purchase, sale and financing of technology companies and litigation. He taught computer law at the Georgia Institute of Technology for over ten years. Bill has a wealth of experience in private finance, including debt financing, vendor finance, venture capital and angel financing, and private equity transactions. He has handled cases involving computer software licensing and development agreements, system sales contracts and master service agreements.
Bill now devotes his practice to service as an arbitrator and mediator in IP, contract and business torts and cases with complex financing and accounting issues. He serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and is on the AAA Roster of Neutrals for Large, Complex Cases and on the Technology and eCommerce panels.
Outside of the Office…
Bill enjoys horseback riding and pack trips into the Wyoming mountains. Plus, he holds a black belt in Japanese karate.
Admitted: Georgia (inactive) and Wyoming (retired); U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia.
Education: University of Georgia, B.B.A., cum laude. Emory University School of Law, J.D.
Honors: Recipient, Martindale AV® Preeminent Peer Review rating since 1994
Member: State Bar of Georgia. Member of the Sections on Intellectual Property and Technology Law. Past Chair of the Technology Law Section. State Bar of Wyoming.