William Large joined the firm in November 2017. Over the last 20 years, he has developed skills in a wide variety of legal disciplines. He has worked for several different states on oil & gas and energy matters and litigation. Mr. Large’s litigation experience, in state and federal courts throughout the country, includes diverse matters such as antitrust, energy transportation regulation, environmental pollution, securities and intra-corporate disputes. Participation and leadership roles in class actions and multidistrict litigation have also constituted a major portion of Mr. Large’s experience. Additionally, Mr. Large has served as outside counsel handling all legal affairs for several companies. After graduating with a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, Mr. Large served as a law clerk on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Hon. Andrew J. Kleinfeld.
Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon, MDL No. 2179: Member of Lead Counsel team and chairman for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Discovery Group. Total recovery in excess of $11 Billion.
Wright vs. Chevron, MDL No. 1293: On lead class counsel team for False Claims Act Case against numerous oil & gas producers. The case resulted in settlements of $275 million for nine defendants.
State of Louisiana v. Chevron USA: Led investigation of Chevron’s failure to pay the proper amount of royalties. Large worked on the team that won so $111 million verdict in the State’s favor.
In re Lease Oil Litigation, MDL No. 1206: Part of lead litigation team and leader of discovery efforts in case against over 30 oil producers. Recovery of $200 million attained in settlement.
Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation: Outside general counsel for company with an orbital rocket launch facility. Handled all matters for AACD, including board meetings and governance, disputes and general legal advice. Negotiated a $33 million acquisition of a fiber optic network for the launch facility.
One of Mr. Large’s areas of expertise which he particularly enjoys is eDiscovery. He was the Discovery and eDiscovery chair for the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill MDL. In that role, Mr. Large designed and implemented the infrastructure and assembled a team of over 30 lawyers and staff. The venture was very successful, as the team led by Large processed and reviewed over 20 TB of data in eight months. This allowed the Plaintiffs to complete discovery in less than a year, making the case ready for trial, and eventually settling, within 2 years of the tragedy itself.
Mr. Large has a wife and three daughters. He enjoys cooking, gardening and participating in and providing pro bono legal services for his daughters’ non-profit select soccer club, the Lafayette Dash. Over the years he has volunteered his time for many groups such as chairman of the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority and board member of Alaska Catholic Social Services Adoption Program.