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William Wray

Associate

Silicon Valley

San Francisco

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William Wray

Associate

Silicon Valley

San Francisco

Will represents businesses in an array of data privacy and intellectual property disputes, including high tech patent and trade secret litigation for Fortune 10 companies, and counsels innovators on proactive strategies to develop and protect their intellectual property portfolios.

Will has experience with federal court litigation concerning data privacy, GDPR, cryptocurrency, and cybersecurity matters. He leverages this experience and Allen & Overy’s global reach to provide pre-dispute counseling on complex, cross-border issues relating to intellectual property protection for developing technologies.

Will’s recent engagements (including prior firm experience) include the defense of a Fortune 10 company in patent litigation in California federal court, the defense of a global computer hardware manufacturer in patent litigation in Texas federal court, the successful defense of a state elected officer against a nationally-owned newspaper in connection with data privacy matters, the successful defense of an individual accused of CFAA violations and other cyber-crimes, participation in the defense of a major defense contractor in a dispute with a Saudi Arabian contractor in connection with arms sales, and participation in the defense of an international toy company defending allegations of trade secret misappropriation concerning a major product line. The International Association of Privacy Professionals has certified Will as a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the United States and as a Certified Information Privacy Technologist.

Before going into private practice Will served as judicial intern in both the Rhode Island Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. He was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2016-2022 and is active in the community with several professional and civic organizations.

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Office

Silicon Valley

Allen & Overy LLP
550 High Street, Second Floor
Palo Alto
CA 94301

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San Francisco

Allen & Overy LLP
595 Market Street, Suite 950
San Francisco
CA 94105

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted: California State Bar, 2021

Admitted: Massachusetts State Bar, 2013

Admitted: Rhode Island State Bar, 2013

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

Academic

B.A., Middle East Studies, Brown University, 2010 

J.D., summa cum laude, Roger Williams University School of Law, 2013 

Pro-bono experience

  • An incarcerated individual in a successful action to obtain treatment to cure Hepatitis C.
  • An individual in a successful seeking to challenge civil forfeiture proceedings against her property.
  • An individual in a successful action seeking compensation from public housing authority concerning violations of disability-related rights.
  • A California high school student seeking to avoid enforcement of overbroad speech code.
  • A blind individual in a successful action to re-enter a park which had trespassed her due to her proselytization.

Awards & Accolades

"Ones to Watch" Award

Best Lawyers "Ones to Watch" Award, 2020-2022

“Rising Star” Award

Super Lawyers “Rising Star” Award, 2016-2022

Professional Excellence in the Law Award for Civil Litigation

Rhode Island Monthly, 2020