William G.Laxton Jr. (Billy)

Partner

Washington + 1.202.879.3836

Billy Laxton is a trial lawyer who represents clients in a broad range of complex matters — including cases involving corporate governance, fraud, environmental matters, and contract disputes. He has successfully tried cases to verdict throughout the country in federal courts, state courts, and in commercial arbitrations. Billy also has substantial experience with cross-border government and internal investigations.

Billy's work as a Wall Street investment banker and his background in economics provide him with distinctive analytic tools. He utilizes these tools to bring sharp focus to the economic, valuation, and damages aspects of his cases and investigations. At trial, he has prepared and cross-examined financial and accounting witnesses on numerous topics, including business valuation, asset valuation, financial modeling, discount and interest rates, and damage calculations.

Billy also devotes a significant amount of time to pro bono work.

Experience

  • Directors of religious nonprofit defend breach of fiduciary duty claims and the First AmendmentJones Day is defending Dr. Hyun Jin Moon in D.C. Superior Court against claims he breached his fiduciary duty to a religious nonprofit corporation.
  • Charlottesville City Councilors obtain pro bono summary judgment win granting statutory immunity in Charlottesville monument caseJones Day achieved victory on behalf of four Charlottesville City Councilors who voted to relocate the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson statues at the center of the violent rally in Charlottesville in August 2017.
  • Jones Day secures early termination of supervised relief for deserving pro bono clientIn 1995, Robert Lee Bruce, Jr. was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a crack-distribution conspiracy.
  • CSXT defends class action lawsuits related to train derailmentJones Day represents CSX Transportation, Inc. ("CSXT") in multiple class action lawsuits and a mass action lawsuit relating to a chemical fire and evacuation in connection with the July 2015 derailment of a CSXT train traveling from Ohio to Georgia.
  • CSXT seeks counsel regarding collapsed street and retaining wallJones Day represents CSX Transportation, Inc. ("CSXT") in connection with an accident involving a street and retaining wall that collapsed in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Man charged with assault found not guilty following trialOn September 29, 2014, Judge Stephen Eilperin of the D.C. Superior Court found a Jones Day client not guilty of assault charges filed against him by the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.
  • CSXT seeks advice regarding claims and NTSB investigation arising from derailment following grade crossing accidentJones Day represents CSX Transportation, Inc. ("CSXT") in connection with a railroad crossing accident that occurred in a mixed industrial residential area in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • PCS Nitrogen secures first-impression ruling in CERCLA appeal establishing rigorous standard for brownfields developersJones Day secured an important appellate environmental victory for PCS Nitrogen, Inc. involving a question of first impression.
  • R.J. Reynolds seeks reduction in 2003 settlement paymentsJones Day represents R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a pending arbitration under the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with various U.S. States and Territories in which R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco company signatories seek an over $1 billion reduction in their 2003 settlement payments.
  • Cafesjian Family Foundation obtains successful ruling in litigation over Armenian Genocide museum and memorialOn January 26, 2011, Armenian-American philanthropist Gerard L. Cafesjian was awarded a significant victory in a long-running dispute over ownership of historic real estate to be used to house a museum and memorial to recognize the victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide.
  • M.I.C. Industries argues motion relating to use of "predictive coding"On behalf of M.I.C. Industries, Inc., Jones Day argued a contested motion regarding the use of "predictive coding" in the production of electronic documents.
  • SABMiller wins antitrust approval for MillerCoors joint ventureJones Day successfully represented SABMiller, plc as U.S. antitrust counsel in connection with the combination of SABMiller's U.S. and Puerto Rico beer operations with those of Molson Coors Brewing Company to form MillerCoors, the second largest beer company in the United States.
  • PCS Nitrogen defends against Superfund cost recovery case involving the Planters SiteJones Day represented PCS Nitrogen Inc. in defense of a Superfund cost recovery case brought by a purported Bona Fide Purchaser under Superfund's Brownfields amendments.
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