William M. "Bill" Lawrence is a member of the firm's Corporate practice group and focuses his practice in the areas of corporate and business transaction law and wireless telecommunications law.
Bill’s business practice focuses generally on the representation of private and closely held companies, mergers and acquisitions, the formation and governance of various business organizations, e-commerce/technology acquisitions and agreements, and a wide range of other commercial contract matters.
Bill has a wireless telecommunications practice, which focuses on representing wireless carriers, cell tower owners, wireless network infrastructure providers, and other mobile broadband industry businesses in a broad range of legal, regulatory, and business related issues, including site and right-of-way space acquisitions for cell towers, small cell facilities, and other communications facilities (whether through leasing, licensing, purchasing, or obtaining other interests), communications facility and infrastructure deployments and upgrades, and network and infrastructure asset sales and other divestitures, in connection with, among other areas, site acquisition and deployment of macro sites (including cell towers, rooftop installations, etc.) and small cell deployments, network leasing/licensing, network facility upgrades.
Bill has a manufacturing supply chain practice, which focuses on representing original equipment manufacturers and other supply chain manufacturers in a wide range of industries, including the automotive, chemical, industrial parts, and construction equipment industries.
Bill has substantial experience representing privately owned and publicly traded clients (including clients in the manufacturing, supply, and distribution industries) in commercial contracting matters across a wide range of businesses. Among other types of commercial contracts, Bill regularly handles the following: agreements for the purchase and sale of products; product license agreements; purchase order terms and conditions; terms and conditions of sale; supply and distribution agreements; technology acquisition and licensing agreements; e-commerce agreements; software license and support agreements; employment agreements; independent contractor agreements; indemnification agreements; and confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements.
Bill has handled matters in the sports and entertainment field for approximately 20 years. Among other representations, Bill has represented the following: professional athletes in marketing and related transactions; an ownership group in its acquisition of a professional baseball team and subsequent contractual matters for the team, including stadium lease and vendor contracts; an automobile racing venture in various contractual matters; automobile brand immersion venture in various contractual matters; a regional member of USA Volleyball, the national governing body of volleyball in the U.S.; sports broadcasters and other television and radio talent in transactions involving major college sports programs and networks; a publication company focusing on hip hop music; a comic book series in licensing and podcasting matters; a special-interest magazine and book publisher in acquisition, licensing, employment, and marketing deals; an award winning documentary film company in connection with formation and distribution matters; recording artists and bands in connection with publication and distribution deals; and a film production company in connection with capitalization, formation, and operational matters. Click here to see more detail about Bill’s sport and entertainment law experience on the Burr & Forman Sports Law website.
Prior to beginning private practice, Bill served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Robert B. Propst, Senior United States District Judge of the Northern District of Alabama from 1996 to 1997.