William R. Hinchman serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Litigation Department. He is a skilled, experienced litigator concentrating in all facets of commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on complex business disputes, insolvency and matters involving the government.
William is a trial lawyer with decades of experience litigating difficult and complex cases. While he has vast experience representing debtors and creditors concerning claims involving troubled businesses, most of his cases involve general commercial litigation matters.
William has a unique and varied professional background. He has broad educational depth as an instructor and adjunct professor. He has been published in numerous articles on topics such as trial advocacy, government affairs, deposition skills, trial tactics and bankruptcy litigation. 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.
William 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 out William to handle matters where the outcome will dictate the survival or failure of their business.
William was drawn to the law as a young man. 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, William was the only criminal defense lawyer in what was the largest courts-martial jurisdiction in the world. William is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and he volunteers for legal services for veterans.
William lives in Philadelphia. He is an avid athlete and traveler, competing in half-ironman races, marathons and journeys across the country to the best trail running destinations that he can discover. He is on a mission to compete in a trail run in every U.S. state.
Temple University Beasley School of Law, L.L.M., with Honors (Trial Advocacy) (2001)
Villanova University School of Law, J.D., recipient Wapner Newman and Wigrizer award for excellence in Trial Advocacy (1990)
Juniata College, B.S. (1987)
U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
National Contract Management Association
National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Awards and Honors
Named to "The Best Lawyers in America©" list for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2020)
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
Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, New York Law School, Deposition Skills course, November 2012
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
Author, National Institute of Trial Advocacy Case File, Bio-Solutions, Inc. v. O'Malley