Bill is a third-generation Wyoming native, a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Wyoming College of Law. Bill clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and practiced law in Salt Lake City, Utah where he became a shareholder in the firm of Hansen & Anderson specializing in complex commercial litigation.
In 1990, Bill and his wife, Cheryl, returned to Wyoming where they co-founded the firm of Ranck & Schwartz, LLC with Robert B. Ranck, former District Court Judge for the Ninth Judicial District, Teton County.
Bill has over thirty-five years of experience litigating and resolving civil disputes of every kind. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of cases from complex business, family, and property disputes to professional malpractice and civil rights claims. He has devoted a substantial portion of his career to working with non-profit organizations, both as an advocate and mediator. Bill has completed intensive conflict resolution training, and is available to mediate in selected cases.
Education, Recognitions, & Affiliations
Bill received an A.B. with honors in American Studies from Stanford University in 1979. He received his J.D. in 1983 from the University of Wyoming College of Law, where he served as an associate editor of the law review and a legal-writing instructor. Bill has long been rated Av Preeminent, the highest performance and ethical rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory’s peer review rating system. He is a fellow in the International Society of Barristers, an international honorary organization comprised of Av rated lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional advocacy skills and professionalism.
Bill has served on many boards and committees related to the practice of law and has been very active as a leader in Jackson Hole’s non-profit community. Bill led the effort to conceive and build the Center for the Arts, for which he was awarded the Wyoming Bar Association’s Community Service Award and the Jackson Hole Cultural Counsel’s Award for Creativity. He currently serves as Campaign and Board Chair of Astoria Park Conservancy.
Stanford University, 1979
University of Wyoming College of Law, 1983
U.S. District Court, District of Wyoming
U.S. District Court, District of Utah
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (Hon. James E. Barrett)