William J. Edelman

William J. Edelman



William Edelman is an associate in Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd’s Chicago office. Will’s practice focuses on complex litigation, investigations, and trial. As a former federal prosecutor in the Northern District of California, Will has first- or second-chaired ten trials and handled numerous contested evidentiary hearings and dispositive motion hearings. As a prosecutor, Will was the primary attorney responsible for a variety of complex matters, including multi-defendant RICO cases and fraud cases. 

Will also has private sector experience working as an associate representing defendants in complex commercial litigation, white collar investigations and prosecutions, consumer and antitrust class actions, and fraud matters. 

Immediately after law school, Will served as a law clerk for the Honorable Michael Boudin of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and then as a law clerk for the Honorable Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. 

Will earned dual bachelor’s degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. He received a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.  Will earned his Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School, where he served as a Notes Editor on the Stanford Law Review and as Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Law & Policy Review.

Before law school, Will was a police officer in southern California for approximately four years.

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Stanford Law School, J.D., 2011

  • Notes Editor, Stanford Law Review
  • Editor-in-Chief, Stanford Law & Policy Review

University of Cincinnati, M.S., 2004

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A. & B.S., 2003, summa cum laude

  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • California
  • Illinois
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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