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 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), J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court (Founding Master), 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 (Chair/Executive Committee), The National Conflict Resolution Center (Director/Executive Committee), The Junior Seau Foundation (Director/Executive Committee), The Rolf Benirschke Legacy Foundation (Executive Committee), Kids Included Together, Inc. (Director/Executive Committee)

Bill is committed to global diversity and inclusion, and has spoken widely on such topics, including for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the Conference Board, the American Bar Association, Association of Corporate Counsel and on the “Guys Overcoming Obstacles to Diversity” Panel (the “GOOD Guys”)  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.

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