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William W. Sommers

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Location(s)

San Antonio

Education

  • St Mary’s University School of Law, J.D. 1975
  • Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, B.A. 1973

Bar Admission

  • The State of Texas, 1976
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States Claims Court

About William W. Sommers

William W. (Bill) Sommers has an extensive practice in construction and commercial law.  He has been practicing in the area of construction law for almost 40 years.   He was originally licensed in Texas in 1976 and is currently admitted in several Federal Courts and Districts, as well as the United States Claims Court since 1981.  He has represented clients in complex mutli-party construction disputes regarding non-performance or defective performance, construction delays and impact claims, design omissions or defects and other related matters.  The range of his experience has been through all the levels of the construction industry, representing private owners, governmental entities, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects and engineers.  He has handled disputes in both State and Federal Courts and before arbitration panels.
As part of his professional life he is a frequent speaker for not only the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section, but other seminars and conferences, both public and private.  He has been serving as a mediator and arbitrator for construction related dispute for many years with a high degree of success in helping parties resolve their differences short of the courthouse or an arbitration panel.
Mr. Sommers has served as a director and officer of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.  While in such capacity, he has participated in the planning and formation of the annual seminar conference of the Construction law Section, which serves to educate other lawyers state wide.  The intent of the Section is to promote the expansion of knowledge amongst the members of the State Bar of Texas who routinely or sporadically practice in this area of law.

Accolades

  • Best Lawyers in America-Construction, 2009 -2017 (Woodward/White, Inc.)
  • Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer, Construction Litigation, 2010 – 2017
  • Scene in SA Best Lawyer, 2008 to 2010
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating Preeminent AV Rating

Associations

  • State Bar of Texas since 1976
  • Director of Construction Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 1989 to 1992
  • Officer Construction Law Section State
    • Chair 2014-2015
    • Chair-elect 2013 to 2014
    • Treasurer 2012 to 2013
    • Secretary 2011 to 2012
    • 2015 to 2016 Immediate past Chair
  • Construction Law Section San Antonio Bar Association (Founding Chair)
  • Member of Banquet Committees for both the Quail Coalition and the Coastal Conservation Association
  • Served on the Veterans Initiative and is an active supporter and contributor to Folds of Honor and Magdalena House

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Personal Information

Bill and his wife, Dana, were married in 1979.  They have two grown children, Grant and Claire, and recently welcomed two grandsons into the fold.  Bill and Dana are active members in their church, St. David’s Episcopal, in Terrell Hills where Bill has served in many capacities including Jr. and Sr. Warden.  He is currently serving in several ongoing missions including Open Table and as a Ecuristic Lay Person at Parklane West Nursing Home.  In his leisure time, Bill enjoys fishing the waters of the Texas coast.