William F.Dolan (Bill)

Of Counsel

Chicago + 1.312.269.4362

With more than three decades of experience, Bill Dolan has been retained as lead trial counsel in more than two dozen trials and arbitration hearings in venues throughout the United States. His practice places particular emphasis on antitrust litigation, including state and federal class actions; intellectual property disputes, including trademark and copyright infringement and patent damages; labor and employment disputes, including class actions alleging violations of wage and hours laws; defense of consumer class actions involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and state consumer fraud statutes; and corporate governance/shareholder disputes. His trial work also has included matters such as product liability, takeover disputes, fraud, insurance insolvency, fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.

His antitrust work as a counselor has included, among other things, representing more than a dozen leading manufacturers of RFID products in the successful formation of the RFID Consortium, a patent-licensing organization.

Bill is a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and a member of the bar of the First, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits. The National Law Journal has cited one of his antitrust cases as one of the Defense Victories of the Year.

Bill has been honored to be recognized as Special Counsel to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.


  • Restaurant group prevails on conditional certification motion in FLSA class and collective actionOn November 10, 2022, Jones Day secured, for a restaurant group client, the denial of collective certification of named plaintiff’s FLSA claims that the restaurant group unlawfully denied employees overtime pay.
  • The Duchossois Group sells The Chamberlain Group LLC to BlackstoneJones Day advised The Duchossois Group, Inc. in the sale of The Chamberlain Group LLC, a global leader in smart access solutions, to private equity funds managed by Blackstone.
  • Veterans defeat unlicensed ring of predatory lendersJones Day represented eight veterans of the armed forces who, faced with desperate financial need, had entered into unconscionable, usurious agreements with an unlicensed ring of predatory lenders.
  • Directors of Seaway Bancshares resolve lawsuit relating to fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claimsJones Day represented the board of directors of Seaway Bancshares, Inc. in a lawsuit filed by an investor alleging that the board of Seaway Bancshares and others had (a) conspired to defraud him and (b) breached various fiduciary duties owed to him.
  • The Southern Company acquires AGL Resources for $12 billionJones Day advised The Southern Company (NYSE: SO) in connection with the acquisition and related financing of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) in a cash transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $12 billion, including total equity value of approximately $8 billion.
  • Workforce management company obtains dismissal of lawsuit stemming from traumatic workplace injuryA workforce management solutions company represented by Jones Day obtained dismissal of a lawsuit brought against it by a non-employee following a traumatic workplace injury.
  • Manufacturer successfully resolves license dispute through arbitrationJones Day successfully represented a manufacturer in a license dispute with an inventor's estate, which claimed that the company had failed to pay royalties on dozens of new products introduced after the inventor's death.
  • Aetna Life Insurance Company secures dismissal of putative TCPA class actionJones Day defended Aetna Life Insurance Company in a suit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon by a putative class representative who alleged that she had received telephone solicitations in violation of both the "robocall" and "Do Not Call" provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
  • Jones Day persuades a federal judge to equitably toll the statute of limitations in a Federal Tort Claims Act case, prompting a settlementJones Day’s Boston office obtained a favorable ruling in federal court for pro bono client Michael Black.
  • International manufacturer successfully pursues breach of contract claims arising from purchase of manufacturing companyJones Day represented the plaintiff, a large international manufacturer, in a breach of contract and fraud lawsuit arising out of the plaintiff's purchase of a West Coast manufacturing company.
  • Entrepreneur successfully resolves complex shareholder dispute in arbitrationJones Day represented a successful entrepreneur in a complex shareholder dispute regarding a series of close corporations.
  • RFID Consortium obtains favorable business review letter for patent pool from Department of JusticeJones Day represented the RFID Consortium LLC in its request for a business review letter from the Department of Justice Antitrust Division with respect to its proposed licensing of a pool of patents essential to the manufacture of products in compliance with certain ultra-high frequency radio frequency identification standards.
  • SeatonCorp and SMX reach settlement in purported state-wide class action alleging violations under California Labor Code and Section 17200Jones Day represented staffing companies, SeatonCorp and SMX, Inc., in a purported state-wide class action under California law.
  • D-Mol sells intellectual property assets to AccelrysJones Day advised D-Mol Limited Partnership in its sale of intellectual property to Accelrys Software Inc.
  • Duchossois Industries owed money in liquidation of National Jockey ClubJones Day represented Duchossois Industries, Inc., the first lien secured lender and largest creditor with debt of approximately $25 million, in connection with the chapter 11 liquidation of National Jockey Club.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 7, 2018
      Beyond the Courtroom: Ancillary Considerations in Litigation, Jones Day MCLE
    • February 23, 2016
      Retaining and Using Consulting Experts: Ethical Considerations for Attorneys, West LegalEdcenter
    • June 12, 2014
      Trends in Privacy and Security Risks: What You Need to Know Now, JD MCLE Academy
    • June 10-11, 2013
      PLI's Antitrust Institute 2013: Developments & Hot Topics
    • June 18-19, 2012
      PLI’s Antitrust Institute 2012: Developments & Hot Topics - Chicago
    • June 7, 2012
      Jones Day Chicago 2012 MCLE University
    • November 2011
      AICPA Conference
    • March 17-18, 2011
      PLI’s Antitrust Institute 2011: Developments & Hot Topics - Chicago
    • June 10-11, 2010
      PLI's Antitrust Institute 2010: Developments & Hot Topics
    • June 4-5, 2009
      50th Annual Antitrust Law Institute (Chicago)
    • May 2009
      Collaborative Mechanisms For Intellectual Property Management
    • February 2009
      Litigation in Troubled Times: Ten Litigation Hot Spots in Times of Economic Trouble
    • June 5-6, 2008
      Practicing Law Institute 49th Annual Antitrust Law Institute