Bill is Co-Chair of the Litigation Department. He is a skilled, experienced litigator with decades of experience who concentrates on all facets of commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on complex business disputes, insolvency and matters involving the government. His tenacious attention to detail and perseverance sets him apart and clients recognize his ability to advocate on their behalf to protect their best interests and their assets.
Bill works with banks, financial investors, motivated start-ups and business owners related to breach of contract claims, real estate disputes, business divorces, construction cases, breach of fiduciary duty claims and fraud cases. Clients frequently seek him out to handle matters where the outcome will dictate the survival or failure of their business.
- In a significant business dispute, Bill represented the lender in a multi-district litigation concerning a Ponzi scheme that defrauded nearly one hundred community homeowner associations;
- He recently prosecuted claims by a floor plan lender against several international parties who misappropriated collateral to locations around the world;
- In a government case, Bill drafted, implemented and monitored a Department of Justice mandated administrative compliance program for a public company with millions of dollars of Department of Defense contracts; and
- In another notable case he litigated claims of an insurer of mortgaged backed securities in the largest U.S. bankruptcy in history.
While in the U.S. Army, Captain Hinchman tried dozens of cases as he served as counsel for the Judge Advocate Generals Corp. (JAG). During his service, Bill was the only criminal defense lawyer in what was the largest courts-martial jurisdiction in the world. In addition to being a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and volunteering for legal services for veterans, Bill is an instructor and adjunct professor who has been published in numerous articles on topics such as trial advocacy, government affairs, deposition skills, trial tactics and bankruptcy litigation.
Temple University Beasley School of Law, L.L.M., with Honors (Trial Advocacy)
Villanova University School of Law, J.D.
- Recipient, Wapner Newman and Wigrizer award for excellence in Trial Advocacy
Juniata College, B.S.
U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member, National Contract Management Association
Faculty Member, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy Program Temple University
- Instructor, Trying a Case in Bankruptcy Court
- Instructor, Government Contracting Basics
- Instructor, Deposition Skills
- Instructor, Building Trial Skills
Awards & Honors
Named to “The Best Lawyers in America©” list for Litigation – Bankruptcy (2021)*
Named to “The Best Lawyers in America©” list for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2020-2021)*
News & Events
Press Release, Klehr Harrison Client Receives Favorable Decision in NJ Lender Liability Action, January 17, 2020
Presenter, Evidence and Trial Advocacy In Bankruptcy Court,” Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference, June 19, 2019
Top Ten Tips on Trying Your Commercial Case in State and Federal Court Third Annual Bucks County Business Law Institute, May 14, 2019
Author, “Government Contractors Face New Compliance Hurdles,” Client Alert, February 1, 2018
Author, “Mastering The Unscripted Moment,” The Young Lawyer, Volume 18, Issue 03, June 23, 2014
Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, New York Law School, Deposition Skills course, November 2012
Author, Bio-Solutions, Inc. v. O’Malley, National Institute of Trial Advocacy Case File, 2007
- Successfully tried a multi-million dollar severance claim by a former officer of a start-up pharmaceutical company
- Achieved a defense verdict in a civil rights action claimed against a party seeking possession of real property
- Successfully tried a broker commission dispute involving the sale of a multi-million dollar commercial office building
- Settled favorably a $6 million claim by a franchisee that involved claims of lender liability, fraud and civil conspiracy
- Successfully tried a construction dispute that resulted in a favorable settlement during jury deliberations
- Drafted, implemented and monitored a Department of Justice mandated administrative compliance program for a public company with millions of dollars of Department of Defense contracts
- Successfully defended a public company against a Department of the Navy recommendation for suspension and debarment
- Counseled lenders and borrowers on the implications of bankruptcy proceedings on the rights and obligations under federal contracts, including Anti-Assignment Act issues
- Interfaced with government agencies concerning debtors’ continued performance on government contracts after Chapter 11 filing
- Prosecuted a multi-million dollar claim on behalf of a public company before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- Negotiated a teaming agreement between two public companies that jointly developed a combat personnel carrier for the Department of Defense
- Drafted a complex end user license agreement for a foreign software manufacturer
- Advised lender in advance of customer’s bankruptcy filing on nature, extent and priority of security interest in assets and inventory of pre-paid government contract with locations throughout the U.S.
- Negotiated and resolved numerous claims totaling $12 million by the reorganized debtor in a large telecommunications bankruptcy case
- Represents regional bank in all aspects of collection and enforcement proceedings
- Enforce rights of debtors, creditors, equity security holders and committees in various bankruptcy matters