William Bryan

Supervising Attorney, Civil Justice Practice

Tel (718) 254-0700 x351

Bill joined the BDS Civil Justice Practice in July 2014 after 5 years as a staff attorney at the Urban Justice Center where he focused on direct representation and affirmative litigation of public benefits and public housing issues. He is a 2009 Graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law.

Originally from Southern California Bill attended UC Santa Cruz where he majored in Philosophy and Legal Studies. He spent 3 years working as a game tester and producer in the video game industry; releasing several subpar titles and ensuring every family reunion results in his cousins asking, “Why did you become a lawyer!?”.

Desiring a more meaningful career path Bill attended law school where he gained experience with both criminal defense and civil legal services organizations, highlighted by a summer internship at the Federal Defender’s Capital Habeas Unit in Philadelphia and two years of work with the East Bay Community Law Center where he focused on criminal record expungement and direct civil legal services.

For the past 5 years Bill has fought for systemic change and the due process rights of his clients in various administrative forums as well as state and federal court. Having been interested in the intersection of the criminal and civil justice systems since law school Bill jumped at the opportunity to join BDS’ Civil Justice Practice and is truly grateful to be able to help some of New York’s most vulnerable residents with a range of civil legal issues while also being part of a broader multidisciplinary effort to push back against the stigma caused by contact with the criminal justice system. Every new client is a both a reminder of the shocking extent to which, even while a criminal case is pending, the civil legal world doesn’t care about “innocent until proven guilty”, and an important opportunity to help individual clients deal with collateral consequences at the point of origin rather than addressing them only after their full impact is realized.

While he will never come to terms with east coast weather or the cost of daycare in Brooklyn, he is happy to be living his dream of being able to walk to work at a job he loves.