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William F. Krebs



Georgetown University, J.D., 1977

  • Editor, Law & Policy in International Business
  • Member of Appellate Litigation Clinic

Pennsylvania State University, B.A., with high distinction, 1974

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Virginia, 1977
  • District of Columbia, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court of the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court for International Trade
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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William Krebs is a shareholder with Bean, Kinney & Korman concentrating his practice in civil litigation, including commercial disputes, intellectual property, fraud, tax, finance, transportation and maritime matters, employment and fiduciary obligations. His trial and appellate practice extends throughout Virginia and Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and state and national venues, including appearances in United States District Courts and Circuit Courts of Appeals throughout the country.

Bill represents corporations, partnerships and individuals in a wide variety of disputes. He also has extensive experience in both conventional litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as arbitrations, mediations and settlement conferences.


Virginia Business, Legal Elite in Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2016

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


Throughout his career, Bill has come to believe that litigation is a framework for learning and teaching. Whether it is simply understanding and conveying his client's particular story or examining complicated scientific or engineering concepts, litigation revolves around learning a discipline and then teaching the judge or the jury so they will understand and empathize with his client's action.

Bill has represented a broad cross-section of clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts.  His cases have ranged from complex civil litigation and class actions to federal white collar criminal matters.  Among the approximately 40 reported decisions in cases in which Bill has been counsel, the courts have addressed an array of significant issues including:

  • upholding regulations specifying abrasive coatings for structural support steel beams to reduce the high steel workers' risk of slipping and falling;
  • determining that a railroad's published rate for a bottleneck segment of an interstate rail shipment was unreasonable where the shipper used a different carrier for the balance of the movement through a transportation contract;
  • applying the mental health professional-patient testimonial privilege to Employee Assistance Counselors who act as the gatekeeper to the benefits and programs that provide the financial assistance necessary for the employee's access to mental health or substance abuse counselling and therapy; and
  • determining that a trademark of an abbreviation or nickname for a descriptively named product does not limit the right of a competitor to use the descriptive product name.

Below is a list of some of his reported cases. 

Reported Cases

Professional & Community Affiliations

Virginia State Bar

Arlington Bar Association

Fairfax Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar

Alexandria Bar Association

U.S. Corps of Engineers Spring Valley Restoration Advisory Board (Community Member, 2008 – Present)

District of Columbia Ward 3 Democratic Committee (Precinct Captain)

Spring Valley Wesley Heights Citizens Association (Treasurer)

The Army and Navy Club (Associate Member)

American University Community Liaison Committee

Beyond the Suit

Bill spends his professional life litigating cases but enjoys spending time with pets and theater when he isn’t in court. He and his wife, Madeline, enjoy spending time at their weekend home in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.