William G. Powers joined Baron & Budd’s Washington, D.C. office in 2018, where he represents clients on a broad range of legal issues at all stages of litigation in state and federal courts across the country. At Baron & Budd, Mr. Powers is a member of our robust Qui Tam practice, specializing in litigation to combat civil fraud under the False Claims Act, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and other federal and state laws.
Before Mr. Powers joined Baron & Budd, he was a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington D.C. At DOJ, he defended the United States in complex, high-stakes civil litigation in federal courts nationwide. He was engaged in all aspects of mass tort and toxic tort cases that often involved hundreds of plaintiffs, complex issues of scientific and medical causation, novel issues of federal and state law, and numerous expert witnesses. Mr. Powers has researched, drafted, and argued motions to dismiss in multiple federal district courts nationwide, including successfully arguing before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Mr. Powers was awarded DOJ Civil Division Rookie of the Year for his exceptional performance and notable contributions toward the Division’s mission.
In addition to his case duties, Mr. Powers trained other DOJ attorneys on issues such as governmental privileges, authentication of evidence, and Federal Tort Claims Act legal issues. Mr. Powers also was a member of the Civil Division E-Discovery Committee where he provided input and drafted guidance on e-discovery issues. In addition, he was recognized as an outstanding mentor and managed his office’s summer law intern program.
Prior to DOJ, Mr. Powers worked in the City of Philadelphia’s Law Department. Mr. Powers also has worked as an intern for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Honorable Sandra Mozer Moss in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, and a private law firm.
During law school, Mr. Powers served as a staff editor for the Temple Journal of Science, Technology, & Environmental Law. He also received the Albert H. Friedman Writing Award and was a Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society Fellow. In addition to his J.D., Mr. Powers earned a Certificate of Trial Advocacy and was recognized for his trial advocacy abilities as the Outstanding Oral Advocate in Trial Advocacy I and with the Barrister’s Award in Trial Advocacy II.
Mr. Powers resides in Washington, DC. In his spare time, he can be found watching Georgetown basketball and New York Yankees baseball. He also enjoys cooking and skiing.
- Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, PA, J.D., cum laude, 2013
- Georgetown University, Washington, DC, B.A. 2008
Bar and Court Admissions
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- State of Pennsylvania
- State of New Jersey
- District of Columbia (admission pending)*
- *practicing under the supervision of DC-barred attorney
- Appeared pursuant to government practice rules:
- Western District of New York
- Eastern District of New York
- District of Oregon
- Northern District of California
- District of New Mexico
- Taxpayers Against Fraud
- Federal Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Summer Law Clerk Program Career Panelist
- Law and Public Policy Program at Temple Law Career Panelist