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


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.


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)


Tulane University School of Law

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


Louisiana state courts

Louisiana federal courts (all districts)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Best Lawyers in America (2013 – 2021)

Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers (2020 – 2021)

AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell


In the News

Lynn Luker, Tom Owen, Bryan Reuter, Bill Ross & Rick Stanley named Top Lawyers

Congratulations to Members Tom Owen, Bryan Reuter, Bill Ross, and Rick Stanley, and Of Counsel Lynn Luker for being named Top Lawyers by New Orleans… READ MORE

All Partners and Of Counsel Named as 2019 Best Lawyers

RICHARD C. STANLEY Best Lawyers 2019 Bet-the-Company Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in New Orleans Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants Litigation - Antitrust… READ MORE

Bill Ross, Raley Alford, and Eva Dossier successfully defends on appeal ruling denying class certifications.

On June 2, 2017, the Louisiana Supreme Court of Appeal for the First Circuit affirmed the trial court judgment denying class action certification in a… READ MORE

Bill Ross, Raley Alford, and Eva Dossier successfully defend against class certification motion in Louisiana state court.

On July 21, 2016, in the Twenty-Second Judicial District Court for the Parish of St. Tammany, the trial court issued a judgment denying the plaintiffs'… READ MORE