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William L. Weigand

Bill Weigand chairs the firm’s family business practice. He serves as trusted advisor and general counsel to privately-held businesses, particularly in the food, agribusiness, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Many of Bill’s clients are multi-generational, family-owned businesses. He takes the time to learn the nuances of each client's family and business so that he can provide practical and effective advice.

Bill regularly advises businesses on succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structuring, financings and corporate governance matters.

Representative Experience

Succession planning

Counseled integrated farming operation on management and ownership succession from second to third generations.

General counsel

Ongoing representation of West Coast’s largest privately-held commercial real estate services business in general corporate matters, including new entity structuring, governance, and acquisitions.

Sale of food business

Represented family shareholder in sale of major snack food business.

Sale of business

Represented seller of multi-location agricultural equipment dealership.

Sale of controlling interest

Represented seller of controlling interest in real estate services business.

Sale of minority interest

Represented founder in sale of minority interest in aerospace services business.

Purchase of frozen vegetable business

Represented purchaser in acquisition of remaining ownership interest in frozen vegetable processing and sales operation.

Agricultural finance

Represented a potato processing plant in debt refinancing.

Purchase of manufacturing business in receivership

Represented family-owned business in purchase of commercial cabinet and casework manufacturer in receivership.

Purchase of specialty food business

Represented the buyer of an organic gourmet mushroom product business.

Sale of frozen vegetable business

Sale of family-owned processing plant and branded frozen vegetable business in two step sale/lease/purchase option transaction.

Business divorce

Successful multi-year untangling of long-term business ventures in self-storage and land development, including negotiations with multiple lenders and lawsuits.

Majority ownership interest acquisition

Redemption of 50 percent owner’s interests in international software distribution and service business.

Family-business ownership acquisition in bankruptcy

Purchase of ownership interests in various family-business enterprises from family member's bankruptcy trustee; negotiation of global settlement, including successful resolution of multiple litigation claims.

Agricultural finance

Non-bank lender representation in $50 million secured debt financing for vegetable processing joint venture.

General counsel

Outside general counsel to family-owned businesses, including vertically-integrated farming operations, services and sales businesses, distribution businesses and manufacturing businesses.

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • Washington Bar Association
  • Board Member and Treasurer, Wellspring Family Services, 2008-2014
  • Board Member and Secretary, Beta Omega Foundation, 2008-2014 
  • Member, Northwest Family Business Advisors

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Corporate, M&A, and Securities Law by Best Lawyers, 2004-2007; named in Corporate Law and Commercial Law, 2008-present
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters 
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