Bill Hancock

Phone: (415) 649-6700 ext. 3

Bill Hancock has devoted his entire career to appellate law. He regularly represents clients in civil appeals in which millions of dollars and significant projects are at stake.

Bill spent 16 years as senior research attorney in the California Courts of Appeal for the First and Sixth Appellate Districts, where he worked with a range of judges and analyzed hundreds of appeals under state law and procedure. He was also a founding staff member of the First District Appellate Project in San Francisco. After his tenure with the court, Bill became of counsel to the appellate firm Horvitz & Levy. He opened his own appellate practice in 2004, and co-founded the appellate boutique Eisenberg & Hancock LLP in 2006, where he was managing partner. In 2012, he founded the California Appellate Law Group and served as its first managing principal.

Bill has been named a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in the field of appellate law every year since 2009, and as one of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Lawyers in America” in appellate law every year since 2010. He also taught California Appellate Procedure at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Bill received his J.D. from U.C. Hastings and graduated Order of the Coif and a member of the Thurston Society. He was also an Articles Editor for the U.C. Hastings International and Comparative Law Review. He has his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Some of Bill’s recent successes include:

Successfully represented appellant as lead counsel in hotly contested grandparent visitation dispute, which resulted in a published decision that clarifies the U.S. Constitution’s limits on a trial court’s power to order grandparent visitation with the children of a surviving parent against that parent’s wishes.  Ian J. v. Peter M. (2013) 213 Cal.App.4th 189

Successfully defended judgment in favor of escrow company in multi-million dollar suit arising out of the housing market price collapse, and, in cross-appeal, obtained remand to trial court to award increased attorney fees without considering plaintiffs’ ability to pay. Walker v. Ticor Title Co. of California (2012) 204 Cal.App.4th 363

Successfully defended appeal and prosecuted cross-appeal to obtain judgment denying a writ of mandate challenging an EIR for State Water Project water transfer. Planning and Conservation League v. Castaic Lake Water Agency (2009) 180 Cal.App.4th 210

Obtained, along with an appellate team, affirmance from the California Supreme Court of jury verdict worth hundreds of millions of dollars in patent and royalty fees for secret genetic scientific discoveries. City of Hope National Medical Center v. Genentech, Inc. (2008) 43 Cal.4th 375.

Served as appellate counsel for trial lawyers in toxic tort suit and obtained full reversal of $1.15 million in sanctions imposed against trial counsel. Clark v. Optical Coating Lab, Inc. (2008) 165 Cal.App.4th 150.