Bill Coglianese develops winning litigation strategies and implements those strategies through briefing and oral advocacy at every stage of a case. His practice focuses on significant legal questions in complex civil cases.
Bill has litigated matters at every level of the federal judiciary, advancing his clients' interests in a broad array of subject matters. He recently argued a federal appeal on behalf of two hospital systems, successfully securing a precedential decision rejecting a request for more than $1 million in attorney's fees. He has defended companies against nationwide consumer class actions and has particular experience opposing claims asserted under the federal RICO statute. Bill also has defended companies whose mergers have been challenged by federal and state governmental authorities, briefing these matters at both the trial and appellate stages. In addition he has handled a range of constitutional matters including the representation of a group of public school teachers in a First Amendment challenge to the coerced payment of fees to public sector unions — a matter that Bill assisted with from the trial court all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. He also has devised and litigated constitutional and statutory challenges to federal regulatory action.
Bill maintains an active pro bono practice. He briefed and argued a habeas appeal before the Seventh Circuit, ultimately winning relief for the client. In other pro bono representations Bill has helped secure a $2 million verdict stemming from a wrongful police shooting, successfully defended a client against charges of criminal conspiracy, and won disability benefits for a Marine veteran.
Sanofi defends proposed class action alleging conspiracy to raise prices
Jones Day is defending Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC against a proposed class action alleging that the company conspired with or through pharmacy benefit managers to raise prices for its diabetes drug, Lantus, in violation of federal and state antitrust, consumer protection, fraud, RICO, and employee benefit laws.
PinnacleHealth System and Penn State Hershey attempt to merge Pennsylvania hospitals
Jones Day represented PinnacleHealth System and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as antitrust counsel in the hospitals' proposed merger.
Habeas petitioner secures relief on ineffective-assistance claim
Jones Day represented pro bono client Joseph J. Jordan, an inmate in Wisconsin, in his successful habeas appeal to the Seventh Circuit.
Group of California public-school teachers granted certiorari in First Amendment case challenging mandatory union dues
On June 30, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to a group of public-school teachers represented by Jones Day.
City of Detroit's chapter 9 plan of adjustment confirmed
Jones Day served as lead restructuring counsel to the City of Detroit in connection with its chapter 9 bankruptcy case filed in July 2013 and its ongoing restructuring efforts.
Man choked and shot by Baltimore police officers wins $2 million judgment on retrial
On August 11, 2014, a civil jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City awarded FenYanga Muhammad $2 million in compensatory damages for malicious prosecution by Baltimore Police Department Officer Donald Muir, Jr.
Advocacy groups prevail in Supreme Court, winning right to challenge Ohio's "false statement" law
On June 16, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Jones Day's clients, Susan B. Anthony List (SBA) and Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST), holding that the advocacy groups may pursue their First Amendment challenge to Ohio's criminal prohibition on making "false statements" in election campaigns.
Political committee NYPPP secures invalidation of New York law limiting donations to independent-expenditure committees
On May 6, 2014, the District Court for the Southern District of New York entered summary judgment in favor of Jones Day client New York Progress and Protection PAC ("NYPPP"), invalidating a New York statute that forbade political committees that only make independent expenditures from accepting more than $150,000 from any donor.
Text and Academic Authors Association files U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief in case concerning gray-market sales of copyrighted works
Jones Day prepared an amicus brief on behalf of the Text and Academic Authors Association, urging the Supreme Court to hold that the Copyright Act prohibits copyrighted works from being purchased abroad and then imported into the United States and resold without the copyright owner's consent.
Marine veteran receives full Social Security Disability Insurance benefits
Jones Day’s client, a Marine veteran, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stemming from his service in armed combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Japanese national obtains favorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling in case addressing allocation of litigation costs between parties
On May 21, 2012, the United States Supreme Court decided a significant case regarding the allocation of litigation expenses in civil cases, ruling in favor of Jones Day client Kouichi Taniguchi, in Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, Ltd.
- March 2018Third Circuit Panel Divides Over Binding Effect of Prior En Banc Decision: Karns v. Shanahan, 879 F.3d 504 (3d Cir. 2018)
- August 2017The Flaws in Using the Hypothetical Monopolist Test from the “Payor Perspective” in Health Care Merger Cases
- University of Pennsylvania (J.D. magna cum laude 2010; Keedy Cup Moot Court Finalist; Senior Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review); Grove City College (B.A. in Communications and Philosophy magna cum laude 2007; President's Scholar)
- District of Columbia; Pennsylvania; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Sixth, Seventh, D.C., and Federal Circuits; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; and U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- Law Clerk to Judge J.L. Edmondson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (2010-2011)