William Bresee is a Partner with Leech Tishman and member of the Corporate Practice Group where he co-leads the Construction and International Groups. Bill also leads the firm’s Construction and Energy & Natural Resources Industry Groups. He is based in the Pasadena and Pittsburgh offices and possesses a wealth of experience in the area of commercial transactions.
Bill has advised a wide range of clients, from multinational corporations to entrepreneurial enterprises, on issues such as corporate organization and administration, and legal matters related to electrical power, petroleum, telecommunications, industrial and civil facilities for U.S. and foreign corporations, governmental entities and joint ventures. Bill is also experienced in international sourcing of material, contractor-subcontractor and owner-vendor issues, infrastructure issues, private placements, research and development projects, investments in high technology concerns, “partnering” and other joint venture vehicles, acquisitions, corporate planning and structure, construction, financing, architectural design and engineering issues, equipment leasing, and commercial agreements involving U.S., European, Asian and Middle Eastern business concerns.
Bill’s professional experience includes working in private practice, as Vice President and General Counsel for Luz Engineering Corporation/Luz Construction, Inc., and as Counsel for the Bechtel Group, Inc. He is also a retired U.S. Navy/Naval Reserve Captain (Supply Corps); having had seven significant commanding assignments.
Bill is known for his successful record in making an immediate impact in reducing inefficiencies and providing revenue growth for his clients. He is a regular speaker on corporate, commercial, and international law issues.
J.D. with honors, University of San Francisco School of Law
B.A. in Economics, University of California, Los Angeles
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Collins Collins Muir + Stewart LLP
Law Offices of William F. Bresee
Vice President & General Counsel, Luz Engineering Corporation; Luz Construction, Inc.
Counsel, Bechtel Group, Inc. and subsidiaries
ABA Forum on the Construction Industry (Member and Former Chair, Steering Committee of International Contracting Division, Forum on the Construction Industry
State Bar of California (International and Business Law Sections)
Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member and Former Chair of Executive Committee of International Law Section; Corporate Law Department and Business Law Sections)
Los Angeles County Bar General Counsel Roundtable
Associated General Contractors of California
American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter
Institute for Energy Law
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Attorney
Top Ranked Lawyer, American Lawyer / Corporate Counsel (2020)
Top Attorneys, Pasadena Magazine (2021)
International Advisory Experts Award, Energy Law (2020)
Construction Subcontracting (American Bar Association, 2014) (Co-Author)
Operations & Maintenance Contracts: Contract Approaches and Alternatives
Lesser Known International Arbitration Organizations
UCLA Scholarship Advisory Committee
Boy Scouts of America (Troop Committee Chair)
Little League and Youth Soccer Programs
City of Glendora, California, Ad Hoc Citizens Committee on City Finances (Appointee)
Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaler
Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, NATO Commandery