“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 employment practices, wage and hour class action defense, real estate disputes, partnership disputes and dissolution actions, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, securities fraud, consumer class actions, intellectual property litigation, patent enforcement actions multi-party tort litigation 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.
He is a member of TED’s Social Justice Task Force and engages regularly in volunteer efforts to fight voter suppression.
Mr. DeClercq is trained as an actor and comedic improviser, has performed with the Conservatory Program at Second City Hollywood, and produces and performs independent sketch and improv comedy shows, including “Law and Disorder, LIVE!” He is the host of a weekly law and comedy podcast, “Laying Down the Law with Billy DeClercq, Esq.,” in which he breaks down and explains real legal cases which then become the basis for improvised comedy.
Mr. DeClercq is the proud husband to a neuroscientist, author and speaker who has founded a non-profit. Her work 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. These teachings and practices inspire Mr. DeClercq and his family to seek to live mindfully, with gratitude and humility.
Mr. DeClercq and his life partner keep busy with their son, and their "fuzzy child," a miniature Australian Shepherd.
Focus Out Group Leader, Arcadia, CA
Knights of Columbus Council 1174, First Degree Knight
Beyond the Cell, Inc., Secretary / Treasurer
Boy Scout Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 351, San Marino, CA
American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), Regional Referee
- December 10, 2019
- “Laying Down the Law,” Host, Podcast, Spring 2019
- Entertainment, Sports and Media
- Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Arbitration and Mediation
- Business Torts and Commercial Contract Disputes
- Class and Collective Action
- Consumer Law
- Defamation Claims
- Insurance Coverage
- Intellectual Property
- Lending, Workout and Foreclosure
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Professional Liability
- Shareholder Derivatives Suits, Director and Officer Liability, and Corporate Governance
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
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