Bill Vigen’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense, primarily in the antitrust field, and primarily for major media companies. Bill also has significant experience defending class action lawsuits and represents corporate and individual clients in connection with internal and government investigations.
Bill was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Bill attended the University of South Carolina on a full academic McNair Scholarship, graduating summa cum laude with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, with a B.A. in Economics in 2006. Bill attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the Virginia Law Review as Articles Development Editor, and graduated Order of the Coif in 2009. Bill clerked for Judge M. Blane Michael on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit before joining the firm in 2010.
Bill lives in the District of Columbia with his wife, Leslie Cooper Vigen, also an associate at the firm.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Bill’s public-record representations include and have included:
- Defense of national television news organization in defamation and product disparagement lawsuit seeking more than $1 billion
- A media company in a civil class action antitrust proceeding involving market allocation claims
- An auto parts manufacturer in criminal and civil class action antitrust proceedings involving price fixing and bid rigging claims
- A major television broadcaster plaintiff in successfully resolved breach of contract and copyright-infringement litigation arising from a satellite television provider’s service for making unauthorized copies of the broadcaster’s primetime programming for commercial-free playback
- Attorneys in putative legal malpractice class action brought in South Carolina federal court
- A major international investment bank defending against claims brought by an institutional client alleging financial fraud
- Cameron International, the oil well blowout-preventer manufacturer, in government investigations and multi-district civil litigation relating to the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill
- A major international investment bank defending against an action brought by public pension funds alleging financial fraud
- A major national franchisor in Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action against franchisor and franchisee seeking more than $1 billion in damages, leading to a settlement in which client-franchisor paid nothing