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Sears, William R.

William R. Sears

Direct Tel: +1 213-443-3282
Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Will is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s Los Angeles office.  He re-joined the firm in 2017 following a clerkship for the Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and previously worked in the firm’s New York office.  His practice focuses on antitrust, competition, and class action litigation.  Will has represented both plaintiffs and defendants at every stage of litigation, and has tried cases in both federal and state court.  Prior to joining the firm, Will graduated from Columbia Law School, where he won the Greenbaum prize for best oralist in the school’s Harlan Fiske Stone moot court competition and served as the Senior Executive Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. 


  • Columbia Law School
    (J.D., 2014)
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 2012
    • James Kent Scholar, 2013-2014
  • Wake Forest University
    (B.A., English, magna cum laude, 2010)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Dean's List
The State Bar of California; The State Bar of New York
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe:
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2016-2017


  • Full-Impact Regulations and the Dormant Commerce Clause, 39 Colum. J. Envtl. L. 157 (2014): Winner of the 2013 Columbia Journal of Environmental Law Best Note Award