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William DeClercq

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“After building a successful independent law practice over seven years, Taylor English offered the unique opportunity to continue supporting my clients with the same creative, value-driven service and personal attention they have come to expect and appreciate, while offering them the added benefits of a broad and diverse national law practice.”

William DeClercq is a member of Taylor English’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, handling complex commercial disputes and real property actions. As a civil litigator and business advisor, he resolves disputes with a creative “aggressive but reasonable” strategy that focuses on achieving the client’s desired objectives, always considering the costs and benefits of any approach, while maintaining a healthy sense of humor.

Mr. DeClercq brings his unique personal approach to every valued client by emphasizing practical, cost-effective, tailored solutions to challenging legal problems. He represents a range of clients including small and large businesses, entrepreneurs, private individuals and Fortune 500 companies. His clients have included large banking and financial services companies, real estate investment trusts, federal government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare agencies, logistics firms, manufacturers, and retailers.

Mr. DeClercq’s representative engagements include creative resolution of actions involving mortgage lending practices, foreclosure, real estate valuation, contract interpretation and enforcement, construction disputes, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, accounting actions, consumer class actions, patent enforcement and securities fraud. Additionally, he has represented his clients in multi-party environmental litigation cases and other complex litigation.

He has been identified as a "Super Lawyer" and “Rising Star,” an honor conferred on less than 3 percent of practicing attorneys in California. He is actively involved in pro bono and public interest representation, including adoptions, immigration, and education advocacy.

Mr. DeClercq is the proud husband to a neuroscientist, author and speaker who is dedicated to enhancing lives through a holistic approach that integrates developing positive thought processes, cultivation of self-compassion, and awareness of bodily sensations with our environment.  

Mr. DeClercq and his wife keep busy with their son and miniature Australian Shepherd.


Focus Out Group Leader, Arcadia, CA

Knights of Columbus Council 1174, First Degree Knight

Community Involvement

Boy Scout Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 351, San Marino, CA

American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), Regional Referee


Speaking Engagements


University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, JD, with honors, 2005

California State University, East Bay, Teaching Credential, Education, 2001

Whittier College, BA, cum laude, Theatre Arts and Communications with Applied Philosophy, 1997

Bar Admissions


Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

United States Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

California State Courts

California Supreme Court

Courts of Appeals of California 

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California


California Super Lawyers, 2019, Rising Stars, 2009, 2013 - 2015

Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Service

John Greenleaf Whittier Scholar