Education

Tulane University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2000)

Faculty Medal (first in class)| Tulane Law Review, Managing Editor| Order of the Coif|

Southeastern Louisiana University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1997)

Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society

Biography

William M. Ross practices primarily in the areas of legal ethics and malpractice, judicial ethics, commercial litigation, and civil appeals in the state and federal courts of Louisiana.

Mr. Ross graduated summa cum laude from Southeastern Louisiana University in his hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in 1997.  Mr. Ross went on to earn his J.D. from Tulane Law School in 2000, where he graduated summa cum laude first in his class and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.  While in law school at Tulane, Mr. Ross served as a Managing Editor of the Tulane Law Review, worked as a Research Assistant for Professor A.N. Yiannopoulos, and received awards in Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Legal Profession, Obligations I, Obligations II, and Remedies.

After graduation from law school in 2000, Mr. Ross joined Stanley, Flanagan & Reuter as an associate lawyer.  He was elected to membership in the firm effective in 2008 and is a former Managing Member of the firm.

Mr. Ross is also a frequent lecturer and presenter on issues of legal ethics at continuing legal education programs sponsored by organizations such as the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and the Louisiana Association for Justice.

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES

Member, Louisiana State Bar Association’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (2006-present)

Member, Publications Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (2004-present); Chair (June 2007 to present)

Member, Louisiana State Bar Association’s Ethics Advisory Service Committee (2005-present); Chair (July 2019-present)

Representative Matters

Billieson v. City of New Orleans, 186 So. 3d 786 (La.App. 4 Cir. 2016)

Russo v. Burns, 147 So. 3d 1111 (La. 2014)

In re Clark, 145 So. 3d 261 (La. 2016)

Instruction

Tulane University School of Law

  • Former Trial Advocacy Instructor (2005-2009)
  • Former Adjunct Faculty Member (Louisiana Civil Procedure) (2013-2017)

BAR ADMISSIONS

Louisiana state courts

Louisiana federal courts (all districts)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

RECOGNITION

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