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
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.
Argued the appeal and drafted the brief of appelant. The Fourth Circuit held, in a civil RICO claim under 18 U.S.C. § 1962(a) , that the plantiff's injury need not derive solely from the use of the investment funds, but may also arise from the fraudulent activity, itself. The court also, sua sponte, sitting en banc, reversed a previous panel holding and found that, in a section 1962(a) claim, the racketeering enterprise and defendant may be the same entity.
Lead counsel for the appellee and argued the appeal for the appellee before the Fourth Circuit. The court found that a trademark based upon an abbreviation (acronym) was not infringed by the use of a longer phrase from which abbreviation was derived. The court also found that there was no confusion caused by the appellee's use of larger descriptive phrase from which the appellant's trademark abbreviation was based.
Principal drafter of the brief of appellee. The D.C. Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of claims based on plaintiff's failure to respond to discovery and established the standards for invalidating wills in the District of Columbia based on allegations of fraud and undue duress.
Trial co-counsel and drafted the substantive motions and trial related pleadings where the trustees of a multi-employer pension fund prevailed in a suit by a disappointed borrower because the loan would have constituted a prohibited transaction under ERISA.
Drafted the brief of the amicus curiae. The Ninth Circuit adopted the reasoning in the amicus curie brief and extended the psychotherapist-patient testimonial privilege to employee assistance professionals.
- Potomac Electric Co. v. Director, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, etc., 606 F.2d 1324 (D.C. Cir. 1979)
Argued the appeal before the D.C. Circuit and drafted the brief of appellant before that court and the brief of the respondant before the United States Supreme Court. The D.C. Circuit held that, in a federal workmen's compensation case, an injured employee was entitled to the greater of the benefit for the loss of the use of a scheduled body part or the formula benefit for all other injuries. The United States Supreme Court reversed that decision.
Principal drafter of the brief of intervener. The court adopted the arguments in the intervener's brief and upheld the board's determination that a railroad's rates in conjunction with a bottleneck movement were unreasonable.
Argued the appeal and drafted the brief of appellant. The Virginia Court of Appeals reversed the trial court for taking into account the value of an equitable distribution award in determining the amount of spousal support awarded to the wife.
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.