William Markham

William Markham is a trial attorney based in San Diego who obtained his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1987 and has litigated cases in California for the past twenty-nine years. He tries cases in court and principally litigates the following kinds of matters: Antitrust cases (civil and criminal), business litigation, false advertisingsecurities fraud, trademark offenses, and certain kinds of real estate litigation. He has been the lead attorney in many substantial cases, some of which turned on novel applications of evolving law, and a few of which concerned public controversies that received national or regional attention in the media.

Mr. Markham also provides counseling on antitrust matters. He has served as the United States antitrust advisor to the world’s largest manufacturer of LED products in various strategic matters for the company, and he was recently engaged to provide antitrust counseling to a global automobile manufacturer. He has also provided antitrust counseling to a leading manufacturer of pulse oximetry equipment (medical devices) in pending patent and antitrust litigation. More generally, he has advised many companies on a broad range of significant antitrust matters in various industries.

After law school, Mr. Markham received his initial training as an antitrust litigator in a leading global law firm (Coudert Bros, now dissolved), whose clients included sovereign governments, other government agencies, Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies, universities, and other prominent companies and individuals. In 1990, he opened his own practice so that he could act as lead attorney and try cases in court, and he thereafter tried many smaller matters while he was still a young attorney. Over time he evolved into an accomplished trial attorney who litigates and tries substantial cases, and eventually he limited his work to certain core practice areas (listed above). He has won jury verdicts and bench verdicts for his clients in difficult, challenging trials conducted in federal and state court. He has also brought and opposed appeals in the federal Ninth Circuit and California Courts of Appeal, obtaining affirmations on appeal as well as a reversal of a judgment.

Mr. Markham’s trial experience makes a difference. He relishes trying cases and will readily proceed to trial if he cannot obtain a satisfactory settlement for his client. This circumstance in turn seems to help him to elicit favorable settlements from adversaries who grasp that he will skillfully try the case if it cannot be settled on reasonable terms. In fact, he has obtained many successful settlements for both plaintiffs and defendants and in particular has obtained large recoveries for several of his clients in closely contested, fully litigated matters, which he would have tried if no settlement had been reached.

In addition, Mr. Markham is the author of a series of popular, well-received articles that address various legal issues, and he has been interviewed and quoted by The New York Times, Bloomberg TV, CNN, ESPN, NBC-San Diego, Univision, and other media. The New York Times has characterized him as an “expert” in foreclosure law. He also served as an adjunct professor of legal advocacy and legal writing at Hastings Law School, as well as an adjunct professor of constitutional law at Lincoln Law School, and he has been a featured lecturer on antitrust law and foreclosure law in classes taught to California attorneys (MCLE classes). In addition, he is genuinely fluent in French, which he speaks like a native French speaker, and he can converse with complete fluency in Spanish.

Mr. Markham has received substantial recognition from his peers. He has been listed since 2013 as a “Super Lawyer” for antitrust law in the San Diego region by SuperLawyers.com and Super Lawyers Magazine. He has also received the highest possible rating of 10.0 by Avvo, the online attorney rating service. In the annual poll of San Diego attorneys conducted by The San Diego Daily Transcript, he has repeatedly been a semi-finalist for “best business litigator” (2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012) and also for “best real estate litigator” (2010) and “best intellectual property litigator” (2015). He also has been recognized as one of San Diego’s “best real estate attorneys” in San Diego Metro Magazine (2011 and 2012). In addition, in 2013 he served on the LRIS Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association, which sets attorney referral standards and provides the general public with referrals to qualified attorneys who practice law in San Diego County. While serving on the LRIS Committee, he helped to establish new LRIS standards for key lawyer-referral panels. He has also served as a judge in the Moot Court Honors Competition of San Diego University Law School.

While at Harvard Law School, Mr. Markham served as an editor and later as an associate editor of The Harvard International Law Journal. After law school, he passed the California Bar exam on his first attempt and was admitted by petition to the DC Bar Association because of his qualifying high score on the California Bar exam. He enjoyed a short sabbatical from his work during part of 2001. He is admitted to practice law in California, Washington, D.C., and various federal courts, and he belongs to the following professional organizations: The French-American Chamber of Commerce (San Diego County), the California Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, and the Bar Association of San Diego County. You can contact him directly at wm@markhamlawfirm.com.