William J. Ward
Mr. Ward was born in Redlands, California and was raised in San Bernardino, California. He graduated from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California in 1978. Mr. Ward spent the year following his graduation working for Atlantic Richfield Company as a systems analyst.
Mr. Ward obtained his law degree from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1982, where he was a member of the Law Review and the Traynor Society. He authored Comment, "California Corporate Securities Law, Small Business Capital Formation and Investor Protection," which was published in the Pacific Law Journal, at Volume 13, No. 2.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Ward began working at the law firm of Reid, Babbage & Coil, a highly respected litigation firm located in Riverside, California, as an associate attorney. In 1985, Reid, Babbage & Coil merged with the San Bernardino law firm, Surr & Hellyer, forming Reid & Hellyer, the first major law firm with offices in both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Mr. Ward became a shareholder in Reid & Hellyer in 1987, a position he occupied until early 1994 when he and his wife, Alexandra S. Ward, formedWard & Ward.
Mr. Ward has handled numerous business and real estate disputes, construction-related disputes, commercial collection matters, and estate and trust disputes (will contests). He has tried many bench and jury trials, including a prolonged jury trial against Edison International arising out of a 25,000 acre fire caused by downed power lines and resulting in a verdict of $2,000,000.00. In another jury trial, Mr. Ward obtained, and collected, a punitive damage award in favor of a corporate client against individual defendants. Mr. Ward has superior trial skills and is recognized as a formidable opponent by opposing counsel.
Mr. Ward is admitted to practice law in the State of California and the Central District of California (federal court), and is a member of the Riverside and San Bernardino County Bar Associations. Mr. Ward is also a member of the Dispute Resolution Committee, Section of Business Law, American Bar Association.
Mr. Ward is happily married and has two lovely daughters, Sarah and Emily.
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