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William B. Sailer

William B. Sailer

Qualcomm Incorporated
Senior VP, Legal Counsel
San Diego, CA, USA


Bill Sailer is Senior Vice President & Legal Counsel for Qualcomm Incorporated, where he has handled a wide variety of legal matters for the company, including employment law, litigation and ethics and compliance matters.  Prior to joining Qualcomm, Bill was a partner at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich.  In 2011, he was elected by his peers as a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers.

Bill has served in leadership positions in numerous business and charitable organizations, including:

Professional Organizations

  • The Association of Corporate Counsel (Director, Executive Committee)
  • The California Employment Law Council (President/Director)
  • The American Employment Law Council (Advisory Board)
  • State Bar of California Labor & Employment Law Section (Executive Committee);
  • San Diego County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section (Chair)
  • J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court (Founding Master/Executive Committee)

Community Organizations

  • The Legal Aid Society of San Diego (President/Director)
  • The San Diego County Bar Foundation (Director/Executive Committee)
  • Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation of San Diego (Chair/Trustee)
  • Voices for Children (Director/Executive Committee)
  • The National Conflict Resolution Center (Director/Executive Committee)
  • The Junior Seau Foundation (Director/Executive Committee)
  • Kids Included Together, Inc. (Director/Executive Committee)
  • Swarthmore College President’s Council

Bill is committed to global diversity and inclusion, and has spoken widely on such topics, including for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, American Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel and on the “Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity” Panel (the “GOOD Guys”).  Bill also serves on the San Diego Lawyers Club/ACC Joint Task Force for Gender Equality. Bill leads the Qualcomm Pro Bono Program and has been awarded both the Wiley E. Manual Award by the State Bar of California and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program’s Distinguished Service Award on multiple occasions for his pro bono work.  He was also recognized as the “Corporate Lawyer of the Year” by the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. 

Bill has spoken and written widely on employment law, ethics & compliance and anti-corruption issues. He has authored many publications including the treatise California Employment Litigation:  Strategies and Tactics for Lexis Law Publishing.  He served on the Editorial Review Board for the Matthew Bender Periodical California Employment Law Bulletin.  He has also been a contributing author and consultant to the CEB treatises, Advising California Employers and Employment Law Compliance for New Business.  

Bill graduated from Swarthmore College with Honors in Economics. He received his J.D., cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.

William B. Sailer is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment The Intersection of Employment Law and Compliance - Corporate Compliance and Ethics Institute 2017, Monday, June 05, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio The Intersection of Employment Law and Compliance - The Intersection of Employment Law and Compliance, Monday, June 05, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts The Intersection of Employment Law and Compliance - The Intersection of Employment Law and Compliance, Monday, June 05, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg The Intersection of Employment Law and Compliance - The Intersection of Employment Law and Compliance, Monday, June 05, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Corporate Compliance and Ethics Institute 2017, Tuesday, June 06, 2017, New York, NY
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